THOMPSON NAMED GOLDEN SPIKES SEMIFINALIST
University of Louisville junior pitcher Jeff Thompson was selected on Tuesday as one of 30 players from all over the country as semifinalists for the prestigious USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award.
The Golden Spikes Award is presented annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. The award will be given on July 19. The list of semifinalists will be narrowed to three finalists on June 4.
Thompson is a junior from Floyd Central, Ind., High School who was named Big East Conference Pitcher of the Year. He has a 10-1 record this season for the Cardinals with a 2.09 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 90.1 innings.
On the season, Thompson is holding opposing batters to a .174 batting average. He's 21-6 overall during his career and is expected to be a high draft pick in next week's MLB Amateur Draft.
OPEN PRACTICES SLATED FOR THURSDAY
U of L (46-12) will host the NCAA Regional this weekend with games being played Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Each of the four teams will conduct a 75-minute practice session on Thursday that will be open to the public and free of charge.
U of L will go first in the rotation at 10 a.m. followed by No. 2 seed Miami, Fla. (11:30), No. 3 seed Oklahoma State (1) and No. 4 seed Bowling Green (2:30).
For more information go to www.gocards.com.
NEW TV SCHEDULE FOR REGIONAL
ESPN networks will televise all NCAA Regional games this weekend and the U of L Regional was originally listed as all ESPN3 games.
But ESPNU picked up the first game on Saturday, the two games on Sunday and potentially a game on Monday night. ESPN2 will now televise the second game – the winners' bracket game – on Saturday.
Tickets for the regional are on sale for $70 for an all-session ticket ($45 for college students) at the Papa John's Ticket office or at Tickemaster.com. Single game tickets will be on sale on Friday.
Here's the updated schedule:
Friday, May 31
Game 1: No. 2 Miami vs. No. 3 Oklahoma State - 2 p.m. (ESPN3)
Game 2: No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 4 Bowling Green - 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
Saturday, June 1
Game 3: Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser - Noon (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Game 4: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner - 5 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN3)
Sunday, June 2
Game 5: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Loser - Noon (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Game 6: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner - 4 p.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Monday, June 3 - If necessary
Game 7: Game 6 Loser vs. Game 6 Winner - 7 p.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)
DRAFT COMING NEXT WEEK
The MLB June Amateur Draft will begin next Thursday and a bunch of players with U of L connections could have their names called.
PerfectGame.org lists several current players and signees on its listing of the top 500 prospects in the country heading into the draft.
The highest listed is U of L signee Tucker Neuhaus of Tampa, Fla., who checks in as the No. 69 prospect on the listing of top 500.
U of L pitcher Dace Kime is No. 91, followed by pitcher Jeff Thompson at No. 112, center fielder Adam Engel at No. 160, pitcher Chad Green at No. 261, third baseman Ty Young at No. 336 and outfielder Coco Johnson at No. 482.
U of L signee Grant Kay of Iowa Western is No. 412 and outfielder Corey Ray of Chicago is another signee and at No. 427.