As the University of Louisville baseball program begins the 2015 season, it will do so with a pitching staff that is considered one of the best in the nation.
Highlighted by junior All-American Kyle Funkhouser, the Cardinals return the entire starting rotation from last seasons Regional. Junior Anthony Kidston, who has lost just once in his career, and sophomore lefty Josh Rogers will make the the weekend rotation. Sophomore Drew Harrington will get the mid-week start and will likely see some relief work during weekend series.
Funkhouser and Kidston spent time answering questions during the program's annual media day. Check out the video below for the entire press conference.
Funkhouser has received multiple preseason All-American honors and has been named to the Golden Spikes Award watch list. Funkhouser established a new school record for wins in a season, finishing 13-3 with a 1.94 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 2014.
While a shoulder injury delayed his first start about a month into the season, fellow junior Anthony Kidston finished 9-1 with a 3.40 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 76 innings of work in 2014. The righty, who was a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American choice in 2013, has compiled a 14-1 career record in 20 starts.
Josh Rogers, a lefty, improved throughout his freshman season, registering nine starts. He finished 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 52 innings. His biggest win of the season came in the NCAA Regional title game against Kentucky when he worked six innings, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out five.
The Cardinals open the season in the three-day Opening Weekend Challenge in Clearwater, Fla., beginning with a Friday afternoon contest against Alabama State. Louisville will face South Florida on Saturday and nationally-ranked Cal State Fullerton on Sunday.