Onuaku ran out of time, and his future was decided

The Chinanu Onuaku drama is finally over, Chinanu delaying his announcement on the NBA until the final hours before the deadline.

Chinanu may have been one of the only persons who wasn’t sure of what he was going to do. Unable to make a decision either way, he ran out of time.

By then, the University of Louisville coaching staff had long decided that he was gone. The only thing missing was a statement and that would be provided to him, saying all the right things:

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my two years in Louisville and know that my development as a player and person at UofL is a major factor in where I am today,” he said. “I will miss my teammates, coaches and the great fans, but I will always be a Cardinal.”

Would have been nice to have had Onuaku around for another year, vastly improving UofL’s outlook for the 2016-17 season. But this was about Chinanu and what’s best for him, whether he was able to make a conscious decision or not.

Al Greener enlivens atmosphere at Louisville baseball games

Al Greener's view from the press box at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Al Greener’s view from the press box at Jim Patterson Stadium.

The atmosphere engulfing University of Louisville home baseball games is contagious. A fun place to be, especially while UofL was winning 33 of 34 games at Jim Patterson Stadium this season.

Integral to the atmosphere is the organ music offered up by Al Greener, the director of the UofL Pep Band. He is part of a vanishing breed, playing the organ at college baseball games these days.

“No place I would rather be,” he said recently. “It’s a great job, doing what you love, cheering on your favorite team,”

Greener has an encyclopedic knowledge of popular songs covering several decades. He’s also got a response for every play and any situation it seems, as well as for descriptive player names and a wide range of diamond dramatics.

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UofL freshman goes 3 rounds in NCAA women’s golf

Better for the experience, been there, preparing for the future.

Olivia Cason
Olivia Cason

University of Louisville freshman Olivia Cason concluded her first season of collegiate golf Sunday night tied for 45th through three rounds in the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship at Eugene, Ore.

The third player in UofL program history to qualify for the individual national championship, Cason shot an even-par 72 in the third round. She turned in a composite score of four-over-par 220 over three days. She fell two strokes shy of advancing to the final round of stroke play on Monday.

The Owensboro, Ky., native opened the day with a birdie on No. 10 and then putted for par on 10-consecutive holes. After hitting her first bogey of the day on No. 3, she rebounded with a remarkable birdie on No. 4, a par-5, 518-yard hole. She had two more bogeys before ending the day – and tournament run – with a birdie on No. 9.

Just a freshman, remember the name.

McKay homer propels Louisville past Wake ForestUofL earns a bye on opening day of ACC tournament starting Tuesday

Brendan McKay clears the bases. File photo by Cincy Rice Shelton.
Brendan McKay cleared the bases with a three-run home run. File photo by Cindy Rice Shelton.

When Brendan McKay isn’t knocking scorching line drives to opposing infielders, he’s a deadly hitter. Not that he’s predictable, but there’s a noticeable shift when he’s at the plate.

McKay couldn’t have picked a better time to break the routine, sending the first pitch over the right field fence for his fourth home run of the season. The blast scored two runners in front of him, breaking a 3-3 tie, and propelling the University of Louisville to a 9-4 win at Wake Forest.

The UofL sophomore, who had his streak of reaching base safely 37 straight games broken in Thursday’s game, got back on track in the past two games, with three hits on Friday and the four-bagger on Saturday. He’s hitting .338 for the season.

Senior right-hander Kyle Funkhouser giving up a pair of home runs to Wake Forest in the first inning, giving the Demon Deacons a 3-0 jumpstart. The Cardinals would tie the game in the third inning on Danny Rosenbaum’s eighth home run, driving in Blake Tiberi.

The win was Funkhouser’s eighth this season against three losses, raising his all-time program record to 34 wins in his UofL career.

The second regular season in the Atlantic Coast Conference is in the books, with UofL winning the Atlantic Division the first two seasons in teh conference, finishing the current season 22-8 in the conference and 46-10 overall.

Louisville, the second seed behind Miami, will enjoy a first day bye for the ACC tournament, which begins Tuesday at Durham, N.C.

Louisville baseball tops Atlantic Division back to back

No. 1 in the Atlantic Division. Again.

The University of Louisville baseball team finishes the regular season on top after defeating Wake Forest 3-1 Thursday while Florida State was losing 4-2 at home to Miami.

Devon Hairston on a tear. File photo by Cindy Rice Shelton.
Devon Hairston on a tear. File photo by Cindy Rice Shelton.

Devon Hairston providing the hitting, knocking the first pitch to him over the left field wall in the second inning. He would finish the day with two hits, score two runs and drive in two runs. The home run was his third this year and he’s currently batting .370.

Brendan McKay and Zack Burdi supplying the bulk of the pitching.

McKay struck out six batters, gave up six hits but only one run in six innings. He’s 11-2 this season and 20-5 in his collegiate career. Burdi claimed his 10th save of the season, shutting down all three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth.

The Cardinals are guaranteed one of the top two seeds in next week’s ACC Championship tournament, which kicks off Tuesday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina.