Baseball has lofty expectations
University of Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell said tries to make it a point to visit with his current players while they're competing in summer league ball.
A recent trip to the Cape Cod League took care of an entire lineup.
The Cardinals have an NCAA-best nine players competing in the Cape Cod League this summer and McDonnell said he visited and had lunch with the crew.
"I sat down and talked to those kids because some of them are our team leaders," McDonnell said. "I told them to be prepared because we'll have expectations, the fans will have expectations and the baseball world will have expectations."
McDonnell was right.
The day after he had lunch with his Cape Cod nine an analyst at College Baseball Insider picked his eight teams that would make it to the College World Series next season and had the Cardinals in the mix.
"The day after I met with those kids," McDonnell laughed. "I challenged them. I told them to embrace it and hopefully we'll get motivated by it."
U of L has 25 underclassmen assigned to six different wooden bat leagues around the nation. The Cape Cod League is the most prestigious.
Among those making some noise this summer is catcher Shane Crain, who earned a starting spot in last week's Perfect Game All-Star game. He's hitting .314 with one home run, 19 RBIs and 21 runs scored for the Oneonta Outlaws.
The U of L players in the Cape Cod League include: Cole Sturgeon, Jared Ruxer, Joe Filomeno, Chad Green, Nick Burdi, Alex Chittenden, Adam Engel, Dace Kime and Jeff Thompson.
Academic success at U of L
The Big East Conference announced the All-Academic Team last week and an impressive 246 student-athletes represented U of L.
Georgetown had the most in the conference with 340, followed by Notre Dame (321), Villanova (314) and then the Cardinals.
Louisville's number of 246 athletes came from 20 teams.
Track star wins Canadian Junior title
U of L track and field standout Calvin Aresnault, who will be a sophomore this fall, won a gold medal in the Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships over the weekend in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Aresnault won his gold medal in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.16. He ran a 14.12 in the preliminaries of the event.
The Kitchener, Ontario, native won a gold in the 400-meter hurdles last year at the event. He had five wins during his freshman season at U of L, qualifying for the NCAA Division I East preliminary round in the 110 hurdles.
A few leftovers
*U of L men's soccer associate head coach Mario Sanchez spent the past week as an assistant for the U.S. Under-17 Men's National team. Sanchez was named an assistant for the July camp, which ended on Sunday, by national team coach Richie Williams. The camp was in Carson, Calif.
*U of L golfers Justin Dorward and Chris Malecwere were among the 146 Division I golfers named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholars.
*New U of L women's golf coach Courtney Trimble signed Oldham County High School product Meghan Theiss. She was named All-State as a senior at Oldham County and played on the varsity team seven years at the school.