Louisville So. RHP Derek Self (7-0, 4.03) vs. Vanderbilt Jr. RHP Chase Reid (4-1, 3.47). Tuesday's game is a rematch of the championship round of the 2009 NCAA Regional, won by the Cardinals 5-3.
About VanderbiltVanderbilt enters the mid-week showdown at 35-13 overall after winning two of three games at LSU last weekend. The Commodores are 12-10 in the Southeastern Conference, good for third in the league's Eastern Division.
Last time out for the CardinalsJustin Amlung pitched six scoreless innings and Stewart Ijames added three hits, three RBI and three runs scored to lead Louisville to a 10-3 series clinching win at Georgetown on Sunday afternoon at Shirley Povich Field.
The win clinched Louisville's 10th series victory of the season and also equaled the regular season school record win total set last season when the 2009 Cardinals finished with a 40-15 regular season mark.
Amlung earned his second win of the week with his second shutout performance in five days after scattering five hits with four strikeouts to improve to 3-1 on the season. On May 4, he pitched five shutout innings to earn the win in the Cards' 6-0 triumph at Ohio State. For the week, Amlung allowed just nine hits with eight strikeouts in 11.0 shutout innings.
Louisville remains among Top 10After a 4-1 record in five road games, Louisville remained to the top 10 in four national polls, including a No. 8 ranking in the latest Rivals.com Top 25. Earlier this season, the Cardinals were ranked as high as No. 6 by Rivals.com, which equaled the highest ranking in school history, matching the final 2007 ranking by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll following the College World Series appearance that season.
Cardinals 1/2 game out of first place in Big East raceAfter winning two of three games at Georgetown last weekend, Louisville remained a 1/2 game behind first place Connecticut in the BIG EAST Conference standings. The Cardinals are 16-5 with two weeks of baseball left in the regular season, while the Huskies are 16-4. Pittsburgh sits in third in the league race at 15-5, while St. John's is fourth at 14-7.
Cards powered by one of nation's best infieldsLouisville is led offensively by one of the best infield quartets in the nation in senior 1B Andrew Clark (.389, 11 HR, 49 RBI), senior SS Adam Duvall (.348, 10 HR, 34 RBI), junior 3B Phil Wunderlich (.356, 19 HR, 50 RBI) and sophomore 2B Ryan Wright(.362, 13 HR, 59 RBI). The team's four primary infielders, which typically hit second through fifth in the Cards' lineup, rank first through fourth on the team in home runs and average as well as fi rst, second, third and fifth in RBI.
Down the stretch they come....Louisville generally gets strongerThe 2010 regular season has reached the stretch run with just two weeks remaining. In each of Dan McDonnell's first three seasons as Louisville's head coach, his teams have played their best baseball down the stretch in the regular season, which has set them up for strong post-season runs. Last year, the Cardinals were 13-4 in the final four weeks of the regular season en route to clinching their first ever BIG EAST regular season title, while in 2008, a 14-4 record over the final four weeks of the regular season helped push the Cards to their first ever BIG EAST Tournament title a week later. Including their 8-1 record during the last two weeks of this season, McDonnell's Cardinals have a 45-15 record during the final four weeks of the regular season for a winning percentage of .750.
Louisville continues to battle injuriesInjuries have drastically changed the look of the Louisville lineup this season. After playing the first eight games with a healthy lineup, head coach Dan McDonnell has been forced to adjust with injuries to three of the key hitters in the Cardinals' lineup since then. Leadoff hitter Josh Richmond has missed the last 40 games with a broken hand, No. 2 hitter Adam Duvall was out of the lineup for three games on April 9-11 with a hamstring injury and three-hole hitter Andrew Clark has missed 14 total games this season, including 13 games from March 3-23 with a rib injury.
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