McDonnell Wants Charge For U of L Baseball

Admission to all but one University of Louisville home baseball game is currently free but that could change if the coach can convince Athletic Director Tom Jurich to change the policy.

Dan McDonnell believes the program has reached a point where fans would dig in their pockets to see the caliber of athletes U of L is putting on the field. “I would like to charge admission for the right reasons,” he told a gathering at the University Club this week. “We would like to pay our way as much possible.”

The flood that engulfed portions of the U of L campus last August destroyed virtually all of the team's equipment.

McDonnell says games are currently free because Jurich wants to give something back to Louisville fans for their support of the overall program. “That’s a positive, and we understand where he’s coming from.”

In his remarks, he cited a couple of examples of where additional funds would have been helpful.

The flood that engulfed portions of the U of L campus last August destroyed virtually all of the team’s equipment. “Much of it was covered by insurance but, while restoring our facility, it was a good time to make some other improvements.”

McDonnell also noted the rainout forcing a postponement of the championship game last season during the Big East Tournament in Clearwater, Fla., cost more than $30,000 for another flight. “Kevin Miller (who oversees athletic expenses) almost choked on that one,” he said.

While the program is largely funded by the athletic department, the team also receives some support from the Dugout Club. Currently, U of L charges admission only for the game against the University of Kentucky, this year scheduled April 28th.

Louisville Opts For Low Profile On West Virginia Trip

The University of Louisville baseball team will be traveling practically incognito when it travels to West Virginia this week for a three-game series against the Mountaineers, starting Friday.

Dan McDonnell

The team usually travels to away games on the big black and red University bus, with the big L-O-U-I-S-V-I-L-L-E on the sides and team members decked out in U of L gear. On this and future trips to WV, the baseball team will be on a private coach and team logos will be held to a minimum.

Dan McDonnell says his team was subject to some questionable treatment two years ago on the way to Morgantown. One restaurant locked the front door when the proprietor saw the University of Louisville bus pull up. And while visiting a Subway franchise, they were turned away because the employees told McDonnell they had run out of bread. These and a couple of other uncouths prompted the decision.

“Let’s just say we weren’t received very warmly in a number of instances,” said the coach during a luncheon Tuesday at U of L’s University Club. “We just think it’s best to take a low profile.”

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Josh Richmond’s recovery from a hand injury has taken much longer than expected but there’s a possibility the U of L outfielder could make the trip to West Virginia, maybe even see limited action.

“Josh has been slow to heal,”  said McDonnell. “He’s having the hand X-rayed again this week,” said McDonnell. “If there is significant improvement, we will make a decision on whether he makes the trip.”

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Good thing Adam Duvall hit a home run in the ninth inning of U of L’s 9-7 win over Pittsburgh. McDonnell said Duvall was hurting from a pulled hamstring so badly there was no way he could have run the bases.

“I told him he could hit but couldn’t run,” said McDonnell. “I had a runner ready if he got on. But I also told Adam if he hit the ball over the fence, he could just jog around the bases.”

Duvall responded, “I know, coach, I know.”

Keikhefer Handcuffs Villanova, 7-0

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Record regular season crowd for this one, more than 3,700 fans.

Lefthander Dean Keikhefer (3-1) turned in the University of Louisville baseball team’s first complete game this season, allowing only five hits Friday in a 7-0 win over Villanova at Jim Patterson Stadium. U of L is now 23-3.

Shortstop Adam Duvall regained his batting eye, collecting two home runs and two singles, and Andrew Clark added his fourth home run this week.

They go at it again Saturday at 1 p.m.

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Andrew Clark On Fire, Louisville Wins 12-4

Andrew Clark heads back to the dugout after hitting a grand slam in the opening game of a three-game series against Villanova.

Louisville first baseman Andrew Clark made life miserable for Villanova pitchers Tuesday, collecting five hits in five at bats, including two home runs, including a grand slam, two doubles and a single.

Clark returned to the University of Louisville lineup after Friday missing four weeks due to a bruise rib. Quite a return, having batted in the go-ahead runs in three of U of L’s last four wins.

The Louisville senior did it again against Villanova, breaking a 3-3 tie, putting his team  ahead to stay with his grand slam home run in the fourth inning. Since his return, Clark has been hitting at a .474 clip, with four home runs and 11 runs batted in.

  • Second baseman Ryan Wright had four hits.
  • Righthander Thomas Royse notched his sixth win without a loss while allowing 10 hits in sixth innings.
  • Louisville is 22-3, facing Villanova in the second game Friday at 6 p.m., Jim Patterson Field.