On Thursday, October 7th, the University of Louisville broke ground on Jim Patterson Field, which will become the new home of the Cardinals baseball program.
Named for the man who provided the lead gift for the $10 million facility, site preparation for the stadium which will serve as home to the Cardinal baseball team began in August. U of L will open its 2005 baseball season in the facility, which will seat 2,500, including 1,500 chairback seats.
Locker rooms will be included in an existing neighboring building -- once a home for American Air Filter -- which will be refurbished to also include the baseball staff offices and indoor batting cages, as well as a facility operated by Jewish Hospital. The center field wall will be 402 feet from home plate and will measure 330 feet down both on the left and right field lines.
Just as in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, the field surface will be Field Turf with the exception of the pitching mound and home plate area. FieldTurf is a synthetic surface that replicates the look, feel, texture and playability of natural grass. FieldTurf has a patented mixture of sand and rubber infill that almost exactly replicates the soil in which the best natural grass fields are grown.
Back on a Roll
Since falling to nationally-ranked Tennessee on September 22nd, the Louisville volleyball team has defeated Xavier, DePaul, Marquette and most recently Morehead State to improve to 12-2.
The 22nd-ranked Cardinals return to action Friday night against South Florida in Cardinal Arena. UAB will visit on Saturday.
The University of Louisville men's tennis team is set to host the 6th annual Louisville Fall Invitational Tournament Oct. 8-10. All matches will be played at the Bass-Rudd Tennis center on the University's Belknap Campus.
This year, the tournament will again feature three divisions in both singles and doubles. The strong field includes 18 teams from around the region: Ball State, Bradley, Chicago State, Dayton, DePaul, Eastern Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, IUPUI, IU-Southeast, Kentucky, Louisville, Morehead State, Murray State, Southern Illinois, Southern Indiana, Tennessee-Martin, and Wright State.
"This is one of the strongest fields ever for the Louisville Tennis Invitational. It includes former national champion Illinois, SEC power Kentucky, Mid-American Conference power Ball State and Iowa as well as 12 other very competitive teams," said Louisville coach Rex Ecarma.
"We have five players representing U of L in this event and they will all have to really play their absolute best to win their division. It will be exciting to see the Louisville debuts of Slavko Radman and Nicolas Houard."
First round singles action will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 8.
Tip It Off
University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino will be the featured speaker at the annual U of L Basketball Tipoff Luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at noon in the Galt House East Grand Ballroom. Tickets for the event, presented by Anthem and UPS, are $30 each and may be purchased by calling the U of L special events office at (502) 852-1974.
The University of Louisville men's golf team finished fourth at the Memphis Intercollegiate on Monday morning. The Cardinals shot 888, 15 strokes behind Memphis, who won its own tournament with 873.
The Cardinals were paced by Daryl and Derek Fathauer, who finished 13th and 14th, respectively. Senior Allan Thomas shot the low individual round of the afternoon with a 5-under 67, which was also tied for the lowest round of the tournament with Daryl Fathauer of Louisville, who also shot a 67 in the second round.
Also ahead of Louisville were Xavier and Central Florida. Louisville outdid teams from Mississippi, Mississippi State, Tulane, Penn State, Missouri, South Florida, among others.