Louisville Fall Ball Report: Dan McDonnell

VIDEO: Cardinal Authority visits with University of Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell for an update on the Cardinals progress during fall ball.

The University of Louisville is more than halfway through fall ball and the new look Cardinals appear to once again have the talent and determination to aim for Omaha for a third consecutive season.

With 19 letterwinners back from last season's 50-17 College World Series squad, joined by a talented group of freshmen, this fall has been competitive throughout.

The team conducted it's sixth scrimmage of fall ball on Thursday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium, allowing head coach Dan McDonnell another opportunity to test players at differing positions and see how they react in pressure hitting situations.

Thursday's scrimmage followed a similar trend, a come-from-behind victory. Despite entering the final inning with a 6-2 lead, the Red team saw their lead and possible win disappear when freshman Grant Schreiver fought through nine pitches to draw a bases loaded walk - scoring sophomore Nick Solak - to complete a comeback win for the Black team.

The Cardinals will finish this weeks work with a scrimmage on Friday at 3:00 p.m. Friday will also be Louisville's annual Fall Scout Day with the Cardinals' draft eligible players participating in additional testing with area, regional and national scouts from Major League Baseball.

Dan McDonnell spent a few minutes with Cardinal Authority following the scrimmage to provide an update on his team's progress.

Dan McDonnell

Walk off base on balls wins scrimmage

Louisville is tentatively scheduled to conclude fall workouts the week of Oct. 13-18 with the annual Pizza Bowl series. Specific dates and times for remaining scrimmages as well as the Pizza Bowl will be announced soon.

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