LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The Louisville baseball team’s season ended before it wanted but this group achieved something for the first time in program history – winning multiple games in Omaha.

This team hasn’t been shy about wanting to be the best team that Coach Dan McDonnell has ever coached and in many ways, they have been.

Already, thoughts are moving toward next season because with a great group of returners, including three starting pitchers from this year’s College World Series run, the 2020 Cards have a chance of being even better than this year.

“Obviously this one hurts but looking ahead it looks bright. We’ve got great players coming back and it should be a great year next year,” infielder Justin Lavey said.

Pitcher Luke Smith added, “Both of us coming back next year, we’ve got a chance to do that again. You know that journey – while this one hurts; a new journey starts.

Coach McDonnell said he’s really excited for the future and he wants to celebrate this group.

“I told the juniors and seniors, those that are going onto pro ball, you know how ready they are.”

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