Louisville hosts Ohio State Wednesday

No. 8 Louisville has won six straight contests to improve to 33-11 on the season. The Cardinals welcome Ohio State to Jim Patterson on Wednesday evening.

Winners of six straight, the University of Louisville will close out a seven game homestand when it welcomes Ohio State to Jim Patterson Stadium on Wednesday evening.

With just 12 games remaining in the regular season, the 8th-ranked Cardinals have positioned themselves for a strong ending. Following the game against the Buckeyes, Louisville travels for an important conference 3-game weekend series at South Florida.

"Every week from here on out is a big week for us," said All-American reliever Nick Burdi. "We kind of hold our on conference destiny, being just a game back of Central Florida, but right now we are taking it a game at a time and focusing on Ohio State."

Louisville has won 8 straight against Ohio State, including a 6-3 win in Columbus last year. The Buckeyes were throttled 20-0 on their last visit to Patterson Stadium in 2012.

"Every game is huge as you are getting down the stretch," said first baseman Danny Rosenbaum. "They all feel a little bit bigger, but it's important to focus on one game at a time, one inning at a time really."

Freshman lefty Drew Harrington will make the start for the Cardinals.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:00p.m. and admission is free. Former Cardinal basketball great Peyton Siva will throw out the first pitch.

In and out of the starting lineup heading into last week, Danny Rosenbaum was in the lineup as designated hitter for all four of the Cardinals wins last week and played a key role in the team's continued winning streak. For the week, he hit .778 with a home run, two doubles, five RBIs, four runs scored and a 1.333 slugging percentage.

"I felt more relaxed," he said on Tuesday. "For whatever reason, this week I felt like I was ready to make the most of my opportunities that I had and fortunately I got a bunch of opportunities this week and made the most of it."

Senior outfielder Jeff Gardner was one of 10 finalists announced on Wednesday for the prestigious 2014 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate baseball.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Fan voting will count for 1/3 for of the awards vote total. Vote online by clicking here.

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