May 9, 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
The Louisville baseball team will host top-ranked Vanderbilt on Tuesday at 6 p.m., ET on "Patriotic Night" at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Louisville will wear commemorative jerseys and hats with a unique patriotic Cardinal logo during the game and fans are encouraged to wear their Red, White and Blue in support of the event. Admission is free for the game, which will be aired live on the radio by KOOL 1570 AM and televised live throughout Kentucky by Wazoo Sports.
Any member of the military with a military ID will receive a $1 dinner buffet at the Patterson Stadium concession area and the first 800 hot dogs sold will be just $1 each. The first 200 fans through the gates will be entered into a drawing for a free U of L team hat, and it will also be Boy Scouts of America Day at the ballpark.
The Cardinals enter Tuesday's game at 25-23 overall, while the Commodores are 40-6 on the season. Vanderbilt is ranked No. 1 in this week's National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Top 30 Poll. The Commodores are also ranked No. 2 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll and Collegiate Baseball newspaper Top 30 and No. 3 in the Baseball America Top 25.
Louisville and Vanderbilt have become very familiar foes during the last two seasons thanks to back-to-back NCAA Regional appearances at Jim Patterson Stadium. In 2009, the Cardinals earned a 5-3 win over the Commodores to clinch their second NCAA Regional title in three years, while last year, VU earned a 3-2 victory in 10 innings over U of L to take the title. The teams also played a 17-inning marathon, won by Commodores (11-10) in Nashville, in the only regular season matchup last season.
Following the mid-week home game against Vanderbilt, Louisville will return to the road for a three-game series at BIG EAST Conference leader Connecticut. The Cardinals and Huskies will open their series on Friday at 6 p.m., ET in Norwich, Conn., while Saturday's game is set for 1 p.m., in Storrs, Conn. Sunday's series finale is set for a noon first pitch in Storrs.