Louisville Preview: Lineup

The NCAA Div. I Baseball Committee made it official Monday night, announcing that Cal State Fullerton will host Louisville in the best-of-three Super Regional round of the 2009 NCAA Baseball Championships this weekend at Goodwin Field. Here's a look at the Cardinals' lineup offerings.

 

 Louiville Cardinals' Offensive Numbers:

  • Park Factor according to Boyd's World – 96 (decreases offense by 4%).  Standard dimensions, field turf helps infielders.
  • Batting Average – .312 (NCAA ranking - 94)
  • Runs Per Game – 8.3 (29)
  • Home Runs – 83 (28)
  • Stolen Bases – 90 (40)
  • Slugging Percentage – .490 (52)
  • Walks – 256 (59)
  • HBP's – 104 (10)
  • Sac Bunts – 30 (162)

Batting Order

LF – Soph Josh Richmond (RH – .316-7-31-5).  Went 6-16 with one HR and two 2B's in the regional.

2B – JR Adam Duvall (RH – .335-11-31-12).  One of the guys that makes their offense go.  Ranked 3rd in the country with 83 R's and in the top 40 with 17 HBP's.  .569 SLG %.

1B – JR Andrew Clark (LH – .356-9-55-1).  4th in the country with 82 R's.  8th in the country with 54 BB's.  Team leader with .490 OBP.  .576 SLG %.

3B – JR Chris Dominguez (RH – .348-23-80-19).  Big East player of the year the last two seasons.  Ranked in the top ten nationally in HR's, RBI's, R's and total bases.  Team leading .715 SLG %.  4th round pick in 2008 draft and likely to go higher next week.

DH – Soph Phil Wunderlich (LH – .372-18-78-4).  Provides good protection in the lineup for Dominguez.  Ranked in the top 40 nationally in HR's, RBI's, total bases and HBP's.  2nd on team with .690 SLG %.

RF – FR Ryan Wright (RH – .336-5-66-12).  Good run producer who had the key three run HR in the regional clinching win.

C – JR Jeff Arnold (RH – .251-3-32-13).  3rd on team in SB's.  In the lineup for his defense and handling of the pitching staff.

SS – SR John Dao (RH – .253-0-22-3).  Key RBI triple in the regional clinching game.  Hit .356 in 2008.  In the lineup for his defense.

CF – Soph Drew Haynes (LH – .213-0-13-17).  Leads team with 8 SAC bunts (had 15 SAC's in 2008) and is 2nd on team in SB's.

 

Defense

Fielding .969 (55) – 78 errors.  Solid defensively up the middle with Dao and Duvall, who have combined for 20 E's.  Clark (7 E's) and Dominguez (23 E's) are big guys who have had issues on the corners.  Haynes and Wright have good speed in the OF.

Double Plays – 58 (29).  Solid middle infield is helped by playing on field turf.

Stolen Base Attempts – 40-57 against Arnold. 

WP's/PB's Allowed – 35, very good at blocking pitches.