Opening 2009 Pitch In Gainesville

As the Philadelphia Phillies were wrapping a World Series title, University of Louisville coach Dan McDonnell was releasing the Cards’ 2009 baseball schedule.

Every fan who shivered through last year’s season opener at Jim Patterson Stadium in February will confirm that sunny Florida is probably a better place to start a baseball season. UofL will kick off the 2009 season at Gainesville against Florida in a three-game series, Feb. 20-22.

The first of 32 home games will be against Eastern Kentucky on February 25. Visiting conference foes will include Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and South Florida. Series on the road are against defending regular season champ St. John’s, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Cincinnati and Villanova.

Big Ten opponents include Indiana, Ohio State, Iowa and Purdue. Other Southeastern Conference foes are Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. The games against UK are April 14 in Louisville, April 28 in Lexington.

The Cards finished 2008 with a 41-21 record, including the Big East Tournament championship. UofL will return eight of nine position players, including third baseman Chris Dominguez, conference co-player of the year, and southpaw Justin Marks, an all-conference team member.

Here’s a link to a printable version of the full schedule.