It was another impressive weekend for the University of Louisville baseball program. The weekend starting rotation continues to improve and were each dominant in their outings, as the Cardinals won two of three contests against host Duke.
Top 25 / ACC Standings
After taking two of three, plus a strong showing in the 2-1 defeat, at Duke over the weekend, the Cardinals reached a spot that the program had yet to taste. Climbing to No.3 in the latest Perfect Game Top 25, this team has set a new mark for the highest ranking in program history.
The Cardinals are ranked among the top ten in all other polls.
A number of ACC teams are present in the major polls, with Miami continuing to surge up the rankings:
Louisville's run of ACC series sweeps came to an end over the weekend at Duke, but the Cardinals, who took two of three from the Blue Devils, still widened their lead in the Atlantic Division.
Notre Dame, a team Louisville has swept this season, returned the division race and national discussion with a sweep over nationally-ranked Florida State this weekend. The second place Seminoles now trail the Cardinals by five games. Clemson, Notre Dame and Wake Forest are currently tied for third in the division and trail U of L by seven games.
Miami continues to lead the Coastal division, improving to 14-4 in conference play following a sweep over Virginia Tech. Georgia Tech and North Carolina continue to chase the top-ten ranked Hurricanes.
ACC schedule highlights for the coming weekend include Wake Forest at Louisville, Miami at Virginia and North Carolina visiting Notre Dame.
Golden Spikes Nominees
The University of Louisville had a pair of players named to the midseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award last Thursday.
Righthander Kyle Funkhouser and pitcher/first baseman Brendan McKay were both selected to the 60-player list. Funkhouser, a junior and preseason All-American, 5-2 with a 1.96 ERA and 63 strikeouts in nine starts and 59.2 innings pitched this season.
A rookie from Darlington, Pa., Brendan McKay, is 5-1 with a 1.91 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 47.0 innings and 12 appearances on the mound, including five straight weekend starts. At the plate, McKay has a .306 average with one home run, 17 RBI, 25 walks and 20 runs scored in 28 starts at first base, designated hitter and pitcher.
While lefthander Josh Rogers isn't present on the Golden Spikes midseason list, he just may be there at the of the season if he continues to pitch the way he has in his last in seven outings.
The sophomore from New Albany, Ind., was named ACC Pitcher of the Week on Monday following a stretch that saw him pick up a pair of victories, both in key ACC road contests. He held Virginia scoreless for seven innings last Monday and struck out seven in five innings at Duke on Sunday afternoon.
In his last seven starts, Rogers is 6-0 with a 1.04 ERA and 36 strikeouts.
Louisville travels to Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday for an out of conference contest against Ohio State. The Cardinals have won nine straight against the Buckeyes, who enter the game with an overall record of 23-9 and are receiving votes in the national polls.
Louisville returns home to Jim Patterson Stadium this weekend and welcomes ACC foe Wake Forest to town. Wake Forest is among the league's best in hitting.
- This marks the second straight week and the third time this season a Louisville player has earned one of the ACC weekly honors. Last week, Corey Ray was chosen as ACC Player of the Week, while on Feb. 16, Kyle Funkhouser was the ACC Pitcher of the Week.
- Senior shortstop Sutton Whiting is sixth in the ACC with a .368 batting average. His .488 on base percentage ranks fourth.
- Sophomore Corey Ray's team-leading 34 RBI is seventh best in the ACC.
- Louisville has four players among the ACC's top ten in stolen bases. Corey Ray (17) is second, Nick Solak (11) is eighth, with Zach Lucas and Sutton Whiting (10) tied at ninth.
- Brendan McKay's 1.91 ERA is third in the ACC, with Kyle Funkhouser's 1.96 at fourth.
CWS Jerseys for Sale
Fans can purchase of a piece of history from the Louisville baseball program as a limited supply of game jerseys from the Cardinals' 2014 College World Series season are on sale now.
Among the available jerseys will be the pinstripe, grey, retro, white, red and black with the CWS patches from 2014. There are also additional regular season versions of the pinstripe, patriotic, cancer awareness and sleeveless jerseys. All CWS jerseys are on sale for $100 each, while the regular season jerseys can be purchased for $50 each. There is also a limited supply of regular season grey uniforms on sale for $25.
To purchase 2014 Louisville baseball game jerseys or for more information on availability, contact Vicky Frank at (502)852-5791.