March 3, 2011
2011 Louisville Baseball Game Notes in PDF Format
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The 23rd-ranked Louisville baseball team continues its eight-game homestand at Jim Patterson Stadium with a three-game weekend series against Mid-American Conference foe Kent State.
The series opener between the Cardinals (5-2) and Golden Flashes (5-2) is set for Friday at 3 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium. Game two is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m., while Sunday's series finale is set for 1 p.m. Admission is free for all three games of the weekend series. Fans are encouraged to visit UofLSports.com throughout the weekend in the event of any weather-related schedule changes.
Live play-by-play of the Friday and Sunday games can be heard on KOOL 1570 AM, while CardsTV, available online at www.UofLSports.com, will provide live video for all three games. Fans can follow live pitch-by-pitch scoring online through the Gametracker feature at www.UofLSports.com.
In Friday's series opener, sophomore Matt Koch (1-1, 3.27 ERA) will take the mound for the Cardinals against Kent State sophomore lefty Andrew Chafin (1-0, 0.00). On Saturday, Louisville sophomore right-handed pitcher Justin Amlung (1-0, 0.66) will face KSU senior lefty Kyle Hallock (1-1, 3.55), while Sunday's game will feature Cardinals' sophomore righty Mike Nastold (0-0, 1.29) against Golden Flashes' junior lefty David Starn (2-0, 2.08).
Last Time Out for the Cardinals
Freshman righty Dace Kime allowed just one hit with seven strikeouts while outfielder Stewart Ijames had two hits and two RBI to lead 23rd-ranked Louisville to a 6-1 win over Morehead State on Tuesday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium.
The seven strikeouts for Kime equaled the most strikeouts for a U of L pitcher in a career debut since Gabriel Shaw
struck out seven in his college debut against Cleveland State on Feb. 23, 2008.
Louisville Pitching Staff Impressive Early in 2011
Through the first seven games of 2011, the Louisville pitching staff has been the story with an ERA of just 1.43 and 56 strikeouts through seven games. Included in that start for the Cardinals was a stretch of 23.2 consecutive shutout innings and 25.2 straight innings without allowing an earned run. After allowing two earned runs in the fourth inning of the season-opening win over Michigan, the pitching staff closed that weekend with 23 straight shutout innings and earned the Cardinals' first back-to-back shutouts (Ohio State and Minnesota) since 2007.
About Louisville Head Coach Dan McDonnell
In his fifth season as the Cardinals' head coach, Dan McDonnell is 190-79 for a .706 winning percentage. In his first four seasons, he led Louisville to impressive heights, including its first ever College World Series appearance in 2007, four consecutive 40-win seasons, a school record 50 wins in 2010 and a school record four straight NCAA Championship appearances. Louisville has also hosted NCAA post-season games in three of the last four seasons.
About Kent State
Kent State enters this weekend at 5-2 overall after a 4-0 performance at last weekend's Johnny Gill Memorial Tournament in Rock Hill, S.C. The Golden Flashes are led by head coach Scott Stricklin, who is 227-130 in his seventh season. Last year, Kent State was 39-25 overall, including a MAC East Division leading 18-9 league mark, and earned its second straight NCAA Regional berth.
Kent State senior right fielder Ben Klafczynski was named Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week on Tuesday after going 10-for-17 for a .588 batting average, eight RBIs, nine runs and four extra-base hits in the Flashes two wins over Winthrop and two wins over Wagner.
Free Parking Available at Jim Patterson Stadium
Fans are encouraged to use the free parking available for Louisville baseball games in the gravel lot beyond left field at Jim Patterson Stadium. To access the lot from Central Avenue, turn right (north) onto Third Street, turn right onto Iowa Avenue and turn right onto Second Street. Lot will be located on the left. Parking at Cardinal Station for Louisville baseball games will only be allowed for Saturday and Sunday games.
New Louisville Baseball Dugout Club
The Louisville baseball program would like to introduce the new Louisville Baseball Dugout Club. The Dugout Club provides special opportunities to get fans more involved with Cardinal Baseball.
As demand and interest continue to grow, the Dugout Club is a great way to show your support. All members, regardless of membership level, will have the opportunity to reserve chairback seats for designated games, including the post season based on availability. Join now for as low as $25!
Please visit the Baseball page on www.uoflsports.com. Click on `Dugout Club Form' to find the additional benefits as well as the order form. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Vicky Frank at (502) 852-5791 or firstname.lastname@example.org.