Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell
March 11, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The eighth-ranked and unbeaten Louisville baseball team takes to the road for a showdown series with national implications against No. 17 Ole Miss on March 12-14 in Oxford, Miss.
Game one of the weekend series is scheduled for Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET at Oxford-University Stadium, while game two is set for Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET. Sunday's series finale is set for 1:30 p.m. ET, and all three games will be broadcast live by KOOL 1570 AM in Louisville. Live audio will also be available for subscribers of CardsTV at UofLSports.com.
The Cardinals enter the weekend at 12-0 overall following a 9-7 home win over Indiana on Tuesday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium. The 12 straight wins to open the season is the second best start in school history behind only the 15-0 mark set by the 1957 Cardinals, while the 12-game winning streak overall is the longest such streak in head coach Dan McDonnnell's four seasons in Louisville.
The series will be a homecoming of sorts for McDonnell, who spent six seasons as an assistant coach with the Rebels from 2001-06 along side current Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco before being named the Cardinals' skipper in June, 2006. As an assistant at Ole Miss, McDonnell helped lead the Rebels to two NCAA Super Regionals, five NCAA appearances and an average of more than 40 wins per year.
The trip to Ole Miss will also be a homecoming for Louisville senior first baseman Andrew Clark and Cards' volunteer assistant coach Xan Barksdale. Clark, who played one season for the Rebels in 2007 before transferring to Louisville, hit .311 with four home runs and 12 RBI in just 30 games for the Rebels' NCAA Super Regional squad. Barksdale played two seasons for Ole Miss in 2003-04, where he played in back-to-back NCAA Regionals.
Ole Miss enters the series at 11-2 overall following two mid-week wins over Austin Peay. The Rebels are 9-1 at home while playing in front of an average of more than 6,200 fans per game. Last season, Ole Miss won the SEC regular season title, hosted an NCAA Super Regional and finished 44-20 overall.
At the plate, the Cardinals are paced by the junior infielder Phil Wunderlich, who leads the team with six home runs and 18 RBI and ranks second on the squad with a .388 average. Wunderlich, the reigning BIG EAST Player of the Week, hit two home runs and had five RBI in Tuesday's win over Indiana.
Senior second baseman Adam Duvall leads the Cardinals in hitting at .400, including a team-leading 10 doubles, to go along with two home runs and 10 RBI. Redshirt sophomore outfielder Stewart Ijames is hitting .386 overall with one home run and 14 RBI, while sophomore Ryan Wright has two home runs and 15 RBI to go with a .356 average.
Following the Ole Miss series, the Cardinals return home for a four-game homestand against Xavier (Tuesday, noon ET, Elementary School Day) and Ball State (Friday, 3 p.m. ET/Saturday, 1 p.m./Sunday, 1 p.m.).