FIRST PITCHThe Louisville baseball team enters this weekend's NCAA Regional at Jim Patterson Stadium as the No. 7 national seed and the No. 1 regional seed. Louisville is joined by No. 2 regional seed Vanderbilt, No. 3 Illinois State and No. 4 Saint Louis. All of the Cardinals' NCAA Championships games will be aired live in Louisville by KOOL 1570 AM, while live video of the entire Louisville Regional will be streamed free of charge online through CardsTV at www.UofLSports. com. Live scoring will also be available online at www. UofLSports.com.
Louisville earns first national seed in NCAA RegionalLouisville enters this week's NCAA Regional as the No. 7 national seed, the first time in school history the Cardinals have earned one of the coveted top eight seeds. Each of the eight national seeds have earned the opportunity to play at home during the first two weekends of the NCAA Championships. Joining the Cardinals as national seeds are No. 1 Arizona State, No. 2 Texas, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Coastal Carolina, No. 5 Virginia, No. 6 UCLA and No. 8 Georgia Tech.
Last time out for the CardinalsLouisville's run of BIG EAST Tournament titles was halted at two last Saturday night as No. 4 seeded St. John's earned a 5-3 win over the top-seeded Cardinals in a semifinal game at Bright House Field.
With the loss, the Cards were eliminated from the double-elimination tournament, while St. John's went on to win Sunday's BIG EAST title game against Connecticut. The loss also halted Louisville's streak of back-to-back BIG EAST Tournament titles.
In Saturday's game, which was delayed almost three hours from its original start time due to rains earlier in the day and the length of the fi rst game of the day, Jeff Arnold, Andrew Clark and Josh Richmond had two hits each.
On the mound, junior lefty starter Bob Revesz suffered his fi rst loss of the season after allowing four runs on six hits in 4.2 innings to fall to 1-1 overall.
Cards in NCAA Championship• Louisville is 10-11 all-time in four previous appearances in the NCAA Championships.
• The Cardinals are making their fourth straight NCAA appearance.
• Louisville has advanced to two NCAA Super Regionals (2007, 2009) and one College World Series (2007).
• The Cardinals went 1-2 in their 2007 College World Series appearance with an opening round loss to Rice, an elimination game win over Mississippi State and an eliminating loss to North Carolina.