Around Campus: Baseball Rolls On

Lelo Prado's squad won it's second straight in Big East Conference tournament, defeating second-seeded UConn on Wednesday and U of L's Track & Field program is sending a school record number of participants to the upcoming NCAA Regional in Knoxville.

Spring has been a pleasant season for the University of Louisville athletics programs, as Men's Tennis, Women's Golf and Softball all claimed Big East Conference titles and the strong performance by the Cardinal athletes has continued well into the month of May.

The following was compiled using U of L and Big East Conference releases.

Baseball win streak continues
Junior outfielder Daniel Burton posted a team-high four hits, including a double and a home run, three RBI and two runs scored to pace an offense that posted a season-high 18 hits as the Cardinals held off a four-run, ninth-inning rally by the Huskies in a 12-10 Louisville victory over Connecticut in the third game on Wednesday of the 2006 BIG EAST Baseball Championship at Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater, Fla.

The third-seeded Cardinals (30-28) won their league-best 11th straight game to advance to play the winner of the Rutgers vs. Connecticut game, which will be played on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. The Cardinals' next game will be on Friday at 10:00 a.m. The second-seeded Huskies (39-17-1) will play an elimination game against the Scarlet Knights Thursday afternoon.

Louisville scored nine runs on 16 hits in their first game and has posted 34 hits in two tournament games to date.

New School Record
The University of Louisville men's and women's track and field program will have a school record 13 athletes competing in 15 different events at the 2006 NCAA Mideast Regional on Friday and Saturday at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn.

Overall, the Cards enter the two-day meet, scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET each day, with 17 total qualifiers (11 men, six women) for the event, which will feature more than a dozen nationally ranked men's and women's teams. On the men's side, the Cards, ranked 25th in the latest Top 25, will be joined by No. 3 LSU, No. 5 Arkansas, No. 10 Wisconsin, No. 11 Tennessee and Jackson State, tied with the Cards at No. 25. On the women's side, U of L will be joined by No. 2 Auburn, No. 10 Michigan, No. 11 LSU, No. 15 Tennessee, No. 22 Alabama and a pair of teams tied at No. 23 in Illinois and Southern Illinois.

"This will be a tremendous competition and will feature some of the best teams and athletes in the nation," said U of L head coach Ron Mann. "We have numerous national powerhouses in our region like LSU, Arkansas, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Michigan, but that's the type of competition that we're excited about being a part of."

The top five finishers in each event at the four regional meets on Friday and Saturday will earn automatic bids to the NCAA Championships on June 7-10 in Sacramento, Calif., while the remaining bids will be awarded based on the top performances from throughout the season. The Cards enter the NCAA Mideast Regional with numerous athletes ranked in the Top 10 in the region in their respective events and in solid position to advance to Sacramento.

Road Trip!
The University of Louisville field hockey team will travel to Holland May 31-June 6 to play against several top club teams and to compete in the HCM International Rijnfestival Tournament. The international tournament includes 30 teams from several countries including: Holland, Germany, England, Ireland, the Czech Republic and the United States.

"We are so fortunate to have this opportunity to train in Holland which has one of the greatest and most successful traditions of field hockey in the world," said U of L head coach Pam Bustin. "Their club system trains and provides the athletes for their prestigious national program which won silver medals (men's and women's) in the 2004 Athens Olympics. Team Cardinal will have the chance to play against these club teams. We will see first-hand the latest skills and experience field hockey in a different light. We will have the opportunity to compete against possible future Dutch national team members. I believe that this talented Louisville squad will learn much and greatly improve from this unique opportunity. It is an earned reward for a squad that has been dedicated to becoming the best."

U of L finished the 2005 season with a 14-7 overall record and ranked No. 12 in the NFHCA rankings. The Cardinals return 17 players and eight starters from last year's team.

All-Region Performers
University of Louisville senior rower Jessica Grigsby, senior coxswain Jenna Sample and junior rower Beth Daunhauer were named to the 2006 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) South Region First Team while senior Lisa Terreberry and junior Nicole Alderson were named Second Team All-Region on Monday afternoon.

U of L's five All-Region selections, the highest number in the program's seven-year history, was the most for any school in the South Region in 2006 and was tied for the tops in the nation. The CRCA All-Region awards recognize the outstanding performances of rowers from each of the five Division I regions, organized into first and second-team selections.

"We're very proud of this honor and all five our All-Region selections are very deserving," said U of L head coach Richard Ruggieri. "I'm very happy for Jessica, Lisa and Jenna because this is a great way for those seniors to close out their careers at U of L."

Three University of Louisville baseball players were honored by the BIG EAST at the annual awards banquet Monday night, as junior second baseman Logan Johnson was named to the All-BIG EAST Conference Second Team, while sophomore catcher Derrick Alfonso and junior shortstop Chris Cates both were named to the All-BIG EAST Third Team.

"This is a great honor for these individuals, and it is nice for them to be recognized in our first year of competition in the BIG EAST," said Head Coach Lelo Prado.

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