LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville baseball program opened its full-squad fall workouts with a spirited practice session on Tuesday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Louisville, which won its third BIG EAST regular season title in the last four seasons in 2012, will host a pair of open scrimmages this weekend, with the first set for Friday at 2:30 p.m., ET. The Cardinals will close the first weekend scrimmage schedule on Saturday at 11 a.m.
U of L will continue its fall scrimmage schedule on Friday, Sept. 14 at 2:30 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. Each of the Cardinals’ two upcoming Saturday scrimmages will precede the Louisville football team’s home games at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium later in the afternoon.
Due to the ongoing expansion construction at Jim Patterson Stadium, fans will only be allowed to watch the weekend scrimmages from the left field berm. Access to the left field berm will be available through the left field gate near Second Street. Fans will not have access to the ballpark through the front gates due to construction.
The Cardinals are tentatively scheduled to host weekend scrimmages every week until the conclusion of full-squad workouts in mid-October. Dates and times for those future scrimmages as well as the annual Pizza Bowl series will be announced throughout the fall.
Louisville is led by the return of seven of its school record 10 All-BIG EAST performers from last season, including second team outfielders Adam Engel and Cole Sturgeon. Most of the Cardinals’ pitching staff returns for 2013, led by BIG EAST Rookie of the Year and Freshman All-American right-hander Jared Ruxer. Overall, Louisville returns 21 letterwinners from the 2012 team, which finished 41-22 and advanced to an NCAA Regional for the fifth time in six seasons.
Head coach Dan McDonnell enters his seventh season leading the Louisville baseball program. In his six previous seasons, McDonnell is 258-122 with three BIG EAST regular-season titles, two BIG EAST Tournament titles, five NCAA Regional berths, two NCAA Super Regional appearances and one College World Series berth.
PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy of U of L Sports Information