The University of Louisville baseball team has entered week three of fall ball as they begin preparations for another run towards a national championship.
A key figure in the Cardinals ambitions for 2015 is senior Zach Lucas. A product of Louisville Butler High School, where he earned the state's Gatorade Player of the Year honors, Lucas has enjoyed plenty of success during his time with the Cardinals and is hoping for more.
During the second baseman's three years with the program, he has experienced a pair of trips to the College World Series and multiple conference championships. While that's an impressive run, Lucas believes the latest edition of the Cardinals can add to the list of accomplishments.
“We definitely have enough talent, that's for sure,” he told Cardinal Authority.
As a junior, Lucas hit .270 with five home runs, 44 RBI, 13 doubles and 38 runs scored in 65 starts and earned Third Team All-Conference honors.
For the Cardinals to challenge in the ACC and chase for a third consecutive trip to Omaha they will need contribution from an impressive incoming recruiting class. A co-captain last season, Lucas will be leaned upon by head coach Dan McDonnell to provide leadership to the large freshman class.
“I'm just trying to show the freshmen how we do things around here and make them feel comfortable,” said Lucas.
As he enters his senior season, Lucas has made 120 starts and has a .268 career batting average with 77 RBI.
Watch the video below for Cardinal Authority's 1-on-1 visit with Zach Lucas
Louisville plans to host weekend scrimmages each week until the conclusion of fall workouts in mid-October. Dates and times for future scrimmages as well as the annual Pizza Bowl series will be announced throughout the fall.