U of L opens NCAA with some Funk

Junior right-hander Kyle Funkhouser will get the start for the University of Louisville baseball team tonight in the NCAA Tournament opening game against Morehead State. The game will start at 6 o'clock at Jim Patterson Stadium.

It hasn't been the season junior Kyle Funkhouser expected.

A returning All-American and likely first-round draft pick for the University of Louisville baseball team, has been the Friday night starter for the second straight season.

Funkhouser has 25 career wins - second all-time in U of L history - but is just 7-5 this season. He's just 1-3 in his last four starts and his ERA has gone from 2.24 to 3.29

But as U of L pitching coach Roger Williams said, "he's still our guy."

Funkhosuer opens the NCAA Tournament with the Cardinals tonight at 6 o'clock on the mound against Morehead State at Jim Patterson Stadium.

"I haven't pitched my best," Funkhouser said. "But I'm ready to go, get out there and help get my team going. I feel like I needed to make a couple of mental tweaks.

"I'm excited and I'm ready."

The Cardinals are the No. 3 seed overall in the NCAA Tournament and are trying to make it back to the College World Series for a fourth time, including three in a row.

Funkhouser was the ace last season for the Cardinals.

"He's a big the reason this program is where it's at," U of L head coach Dan McDonnell said. "He's our cow bell and he'll get us off to a good start."

Williams said Funkhouser, who was named a third-team All-American by Louisville Slugger on Thursday, had a "really good week" of preparation.

"He's everything you want in a Friday night starter, he just needs to get back to doing what he was doing early in the year," Williams said. "We're excited for this week."

Funkhouser has a 25-9 overall record during his career at U of L, which includes 39 appearances and 55 career starts. He has a 2.47 ERA for his career.

And tonight, Funkhouser is the guy hoping to get the Cardinals going.

"Like coach McDonnell said, everybody is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA," Funkhouser said. "I'm excited and I am ready to get out there and get my team off to a good start."

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