May 31, 2012
GAMEDAY INFORMATION: #25 Louisville at 2012 Tucson Regional
Dates: June 1-4, 2012
Location: Hi Corbett Field | Tucson, Ariz.
TV: ESPNU / ESPN3.com
Radio: News/Talk 1570 AM (WNDA) in Louisville
Internet: CardsTV (Audio) at UofLsports.com
TUCSON, Ariz. - The 25th-ranked Louisville baseball team continued its preparations for the opening weekend of the 2012 NCAA Championship on Thursday afternoon with a practice session and meetings with reporters at Hi Corbett Field, site of the Tucson Regional.
The No. 3-seeded Cardinals (39-20) will open the regional against No. 2 seed New Mexico State (35-22) on Friday at 7 p.m., EDT (4 p.m., MST) in a nationally televised game on ESPNU. Top-seeded Arizona (38-17) and No. 4 Missouri (32-26) will complete the opening day of action at 11 p.m., EDT (8 p.m., MST) on ESPNU.
Louisville started its day at Hi Corbett Field with head coach Dan McDonnell, junior right-handed pitcher Justin Amlung (Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier HS) and sophomore outfielder Adam Engel (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland HS) meeting with members of the ESPNU television crew to preview the Tucson Regional for the weekend telecasts. The Cardinals then took to the field for 75-minute practice session, which included outfielder communication and batting practice. That was followed by a press conference with McDonnell, senior outfielder Stewart Ijames (Owensboro, Ky./Owensboro Catholic HS) and senior righty Derek Self (Cave City, Ky./Caverna HS).
McDonnell announced on Thursday the Cardinals plan to start Amlung (8-4, 2.36 ERA), the 2012 BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year and a Louisville Slugger All-American, on the mound in the opener against the Aggies, who will throw junior lefty Ryan Beck (5-6, 4.22 ERA).
Game times for the Tucson Regional are scheduled for 7 p.m., and 11 p.m., EDT on Saturday and Sunday, while Monday's if necessary second championship game is set for 11 p.m., EDT. The Friday, Saturday and if necessary second championship game on Monday will be broadcast on ESPNU and streamed on ESPN3.com, while the Sunday games will be streamed live exclusively on ESPN3.com. Justin Kutcher (play-by-play) and Jay Payton (analyst) will call the action for ESPNU.
Live play-by-play of the Cardinals' games in Tucson can be heard on News/Talk 1570 AM (WNDA) with live audio also available to subscribers of CardsTV online at UofLsports.com. Live scoring will be available through the Gametracker feature on the baseball schedule page at UofLsports.com.
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NCAA BASEBALL TUCSON REGIONAL SCHEDULE (Click on links to watch games online) Game 1 (7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. MST): No. 3 Louisville vs. No. 2 New Mexico State
Friday, June 1 (Games televised on ESPNU)
Game 2 (11 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. MST): No. 4 Missouri vs. No. 1 Arizona
Saturday, June 2 (Games televised on ESPNU) Game 3 (7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. MST): Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
Game 4 (11 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. MST): Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Sunday, June 3 (Games streamed online at ESPN3.com) Game 5 (7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. MST): Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
Game 6 (11 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. MST): Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 5
Monday, June 5 (Games televised on ESPNU) Game 7 (if necessary, 11 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. MST): Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6