April 22, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The 11th-ranked Louisville baseball team will continue its eight-game homestand at Jim Patterson Stadium with a weekend series against BIG EAST Conference foe Seton Hall.
The three-game set is scheduled to begin on Friday at 6 p.m. ET. First pitch for game two of the weekend series is set for 4 p.m. ET, while Sunday's finale is scheduled for 1 p.m. Admission is free for the entire series. Fans can also listen to live play-by-play of the series on KOOL 1570 AM and online through CardsTV at www.UofLSports.com.
Louisville enters the weekend at 30-6 overall following a 7-4 win over No. 26 Western Kentucky on Wednesday night. The 2010 Cardinals, who reached 30 wins faster than any other team in school history, stand one game out of first place in the BIG EAST Conference race with a 9-3 league record through the first four weeks. Connecticut and Rutgers are setting the pace with 10-2 conference records entering their three-game series this weekend.
At the plate, Louisville is led by senior first baseman Andrew Clark with a .383 average, eight home runs and 34 RBI, while sophomore second baseman Ryan Wright is hitting .373 with 11 home runs and 44 RBI. Junior Phil Wunderlich is the Cardinals' home run leader with 12 while ranking second in RBI with 38 and senior shortstop Adam Duvall is hitting .371 with nine home runs. On the mound, junior righty Thomas Royse will start Friday's opener with a 7-1 record overall and a 2.45 ERA. Junior closer Neil Holland is ranked first in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings at just 4.25, while leading Louisville with eight saves to go along with a 6-0 record.
The Cardinals own an 8-2 advantage in the all-time series with Seton Hall, though the Pirates did win two of three against Louisville last season in South Orange, N.J. After dropping the opener of last year's series at Owen T. Carroll Field, the Cardinals earned an 8-6 win in 17 innings in game one of a Saturday doubleheader for their only win of the series. The Pirates earned a 6-0 win in night cap of the doubleheader to clinch the series victory. This will be the first visit to Louisville for Seton Hall since the Cardinals earned a three-game sweep in 2006.
Seton Hall enters the series at 13-20-1 overall and 3-9 in BIG EAST Conference games. Most recently, the Pirates overcame an 8-1 deficit on Tuesday against New York Tech before the game was halted for a 12-12 tie after eight innings due to darkness. Last weekend, Seton Hall dropped all three games of its weekend series against Notre Dame.
Following the Seton Hall series, Louisville will host in-state rival Kentucky for a mid-week showdown on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET at Jim Patterson Stadium.
First Pitch for Louisville's May 1 Game Against Rutgers Set for 11 a.m. ET
First pitch for game two of Louisville's home series against BIG EAST Conference foe Rutgers scheduled for Saturday, May 1 at Jim Patterson Stadium is now set for 11 a.m. ET. The game time is now one hour earlier than previously scheduled in order to provide more time between the completion of the game and the running of Kentucky Derby 136.