The sixth-ranked Louisville baseball team steps outside of conference play for a three-game series against Alabama A&M starting on Friday at 6:00 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium. The series continues with games Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m., ET. All three games will be televised on ACC Network Extra and radio coverage will be available on 93.9 The Ville. Live scoring is available at GoCards.com.

ABOUT THE LOUISVILLE CARDINALS

Louisville put double digit runs on the board for the 14th time this season and sixth time in the last nine games Tuesday night in a 12-0 shutout victory at Cincinnati. The 14 games with at least 10 runs matched the team’s total from the 2018 season.

The Cardinals have won nine of their last 10 games and hold a two game lead in the ACC Atlantic Division standings heading into the weekend. Louisville is in the midst of a five-game nonconference swing with the weekend series sandwiched between Tuesday’s game at Cincinnati and a home date next Tuesday against Western Kentucky.

The Cardinals began head coach Dan McDonnell’s 13th season ranked as high as fourth in the national polls. UofL is coming off a 45-19 record in 2018, its seventh straight 40-win season and the 11th in 12 seasons under McDonnell. The Cardinals advanced to the championship round of an NCAA Regional for the seventh straight season.

ABOUT ALABAMA A&M

Alabama A&M enters the weekend at 13-30 overall after a 4-2 loss at Samford on Tuesday. The Bulldogs are currently in third place in the East Division of the SWAC with one conference series remaining on the schedule.

AAMU ranks top 30 in the country with 72 stolen bases on the season, however it is near the bottom in batting average (.247, 241st), scoring (5.2, 214th) and ERA (7.50, 279th).

Louisville and Alabama A&M share one common opponent with the Cardinals owning a victory over Morehead State, while the Bulldogs dropped two games against the Eagles earlier this month.

SERIES HISTORY

The weekend series will mark the first meeting between the two programs. Louisville is 2-0 all-time against current members of the SWAC, with neutral site victories over Alabama State in 2015 (5-1) and 2017 (7-0).

TEAM NOTES AND TRENDS

·        The Louisville offense tallied double digit hits in eight of its last 10 games and nine hits in the other two, giving it 20 games this season with at least 10. The Cardinals are 28-1 this season when they outhit the opposition.

·        The Cardinals have been on a tear over the last nine games, hitting .365 as a team with an 9-1 record. Louisville is averaging 10.9 runs and 14.0 hits during that span with 54 extra-base hits. UofL’s team batting average has improved from .254 to .284 over the last 10 games.

·        Cameron Masterman hit a pinch-hit solo home run on Tuesday at Cincinnati, making him the fifth Cardinal to record his first career home run this season (Binelas, Davis, Leonard, Poland).

·        Louisville pitching currently leads the ACC in ERA (3.53), WHIP (1.18), strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.70), shutouts (5) and hits allowed per nine innings (6.82).

·        Louisville’s starting pitcher has pitched five innings or more with one earned run or fewer allowed in 16 games this season.

·        UofL has had a starting pitcher throw seven no-hit innings on three occasions this season, with Reid Detmers doing it against Brown and James Madison, and Bobby Miller against Wake Forest.

·        Louisville pitchers set a Jim Patterson Stadium record with 18 strikeouts against Georgia Tech on March 22. The Cardinals have struck out 10 or more in 24 games this season, with a 21-3 record when doing so.

·        The Cardinals have been active offensively in the first inning this season, plating at least one run in the opening inning of 22 games. Louisville has scored 37 first inning runs overall and is 18-4 when scoring in the first.

·        Logan Wyatt is third in the country with 47 walks through 41 games and is currently on pace for 64 this season. The UofL single season record in 69 by Kevin Malone in 1980. Wyatt moved to a tie for seventh all-time on Louisville’s career walk list with two walks at Cincinnati.

·        Louisville swiped a season-high nine bases on March 6 against Morehead State. It was the most since the Cardinals finished with 10 stolen bases against Eastern Kentucky on Feb. 20, 2013. UofL currently ranks second in the ACC with 77 stolen bases on the year. Louisville has finished in the top five in the country in stolen bases in four of the last six seasons.

·        In the victory over Morehead State on March 6, the Cardinals set a program record with eight different players recording a stolen base.

·        The Cardinals are 28-0 this season when leading after eight innings. From 2012-17, Louisville accumulated a six-year record of 266-3 when entering the ninth with a lead, including a 50-0 mark in 2017.

·        UofL has won 36 of its 47 ACC series since joining the league and is 39-7 in its series finales during that span, including an 12-4 record in rubber games.

·        The Cardinals have won 19 of their 24 ACC series at home since debuting in the conference.

·        Twelve different Cardinals have made their Louisville debuts this season (Albanese, Binelas, Davis, Leonard, Lohman, Masterman, Metzinger, Perkins, Poland, Schmeltz, Smith and Wright). It was the collegiate debut for 11 of the 12.

·        While at Louisville, coach Dan McDonnell has guided the Cardinals to four College World Series berths, seven NCAA Super Regional appearances, 11 NCAA Regional bids, eight regular season conference championships and two conference tournament titles with 37 All-Americans.

WYATT PICKS UP PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS

Junior Logan Wyatt became the second straight Louisville player to be named the ACC Player of the Week after a blistering hot four-game week. He was also named the NCBWA and Perfect Game National Player of the Week for his efforts.

It marked the first time the Cardinals have won the conference’s Player of the Week award in consecutive weeks since joining the league in 2015.

Wyatt hit .550 (11-for-20) as the Cardinals picked up a win at Kentucky and took two of three from Miami. The junior had three doubles, three homers and drove in 12 runs over the four games. Wyatt also had one of the highlights of the week with a straight steal of home in the fifth inning of Saturday’s series finale as the Cardinals rallied back from a 6-0 deficit to win 9-6.

WYATT DISPLAYING ALL-AMERICAN PROWESS OF LATE

A third-team All-America selection in 2018, Logan Wyatt got off to a slow start offensively this season. However, that has changed over the last two weeks, with Wyatt racking up offensive numbers at a torrid pace.

               FIRST 32 GAMES                             LAST 9 GAMES

               .269 batting average (28-104)     .447 batting average (17-38)

               4 doubles                                          5 doubles

               3 home runs                                     4 home runs

               18 RBIs                                              20 RBIs

               27 runs                                               16 runs

               3 stolen bases                                  3 stolen bases

OFFENSIVE BINGE CARRYING CARDINALS TO TOP OF ACC STANDINGS

Following a second straight loss at Clemson on April 6, the Cardinals found themselves in third in the ACC Atlantic Division standings with an offense that ranked near the bottom of the league in most categories.

Louisville rallied for an 11-inning victory over the Tigers in the series finale, starting an offensive surge that has seen the Cardinals win eight of their last nine and vault to a two-game lead in the ACC.

While the pitching shouldered the load for the first half of the 2019 season, the second half of the campaign has been led by an offense as hot as any in the country.

               FIRST 31 GAMES                             LAST 10 GAMES

               .254 batting average                      .365 batting average

               8.5 hits per game                            14.0 hits per game

               6.0 runs per game                          10.9 runs per game

               46 doubles                                        37 doubles

               19 home runs                                   12 home runs

               .368 sluggling percentage             .581 slugging percentage

FITZGERALD NAMED TO BROOKS WALLACE AWARD WATCH LIST

Louisville shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald was named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, announced by the College Baseball Foundation.

The award, sponsored by Mizuno, honors the nation’s top shortstop and will be presented this summer by the College Baseball Foundation. It is named for former Texas Tech shortstop Brooks Wallace, who played for the Red Raiders from 1977 to 1980. Wallace died of leukemia at the age of 27.

Fitzgerald is one of 69 players, including eight from the ACC, on the watch list. The Rochester, Illinois, native has started every game at shortstop this season, leading the Cardinals in hits, doubles, RBIs and total bases.

FEELING AT HOME INSIDE JIM PATTERSON STADIUM

Since opening the gates at Jim Patterson Stadium in 2005, the Cardinals have won more than 77 percent of their games in the ballpark posting a 392-112 record (.778 winning percentage), including an impressive 33-4 mark during the 2017 season at the corner of Third and Central. The Cardinals are 21-5 on their home field this season. Louisville set a school record for home wins with 36 in 2016 and the Cardinals have registered 30 or more wins at home in four of the last six seasons.

LOUISVILLE LEADS COUNTRY IN WINS SINCE 2007

Dan McDonnell took the reins of the Louisville baseball program in 2007. Louisville entered 2019 with the most wins of any Division I program from 2007-18 with 554.

               Most Wins Since 2007

               1. Louisville                        586

               2. North Carolina             580

               3. Florida State                 578

                   LSU                                  578

               5. Vanderbilt                      568

LOUISVILLE IN NATIONAL POLLS EVERY WEEK SINCE START OF 2012

Louisville, which surpassed its previous high national ranking of No. 2 (in 2016) with the No. 1 ranking on March 13 and March 20 during the 2017 season, has enjoyed a historic run by remaining ranked in at least one major national poll every week since the release of the 2012 preseason rankings — the longest such span in school history.

Ranked in the top 25 in all six major preseason polls for 2019, the Cardinals have earned a preseason national ranking in 11 straight seasons (2008-2018) overall. Louisville entered the 2019 season ranked fourth in the D1Baseball rankings, eighth in the Perfect Game and USA Today polls, ninth in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and NCBWA rankings and 11th by Baseball America.

Stephen WilliamsAssistant Sports Information DirectorUniversity of Louisville Athletics

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