Stewart Ijames returns to the University of Louisville baseball team after an injury sidelined him last season. Two seasons ago, he batted .351 with 11 doubles, two triples, eight homers and 39 RBIs. He also slugged .583 and had a .401 on-base percentage. U of L opens the baseball season at home against Bowling Green this Friday. By the way, Ijames is pronounced “I’m’s.”[/stextbox]
The University of Louisville baseball team will face Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota in the 2010 version of the Big East-Big 10 Baseball Challenge Feb. 26-28 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The challenge, played at the spring training home of the Toronto Bluejays, features 30 games with Big East and Big 10 teams playing three games each. The Big 10 had a 15-9 edge last season. This will be U of L’s first participation in the challenge.
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For fans with short memories, the Baseball Cards won the Big East Conference regular-season and tournament titles and advanced to an NCAA Super Regional for the second time in three years.
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Dan McDonnell’s team began fall workouts a couple of weeks ago and will conclude Oct. 20-22 with a three-day intra-squad scrimmage series.
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The college baseball season opens Feb. 19. U of L’s schedule will be announced any day now.
Asaad Ali, the son of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, is committed to play baseball for the University of Louisville. The youngest of nine children in the Ali family, he was adopted by Ali and his wife, Lonnie, in 1992.
A 5-foot-10, 224-pound catcher, Asaad led Niles (Mich.) High School to a conference championship last season, batting .367 with four doubles, two home runs and 18 RBIs in 25 games.
He also played football as a running back and ran for 50 yards and a touchdown in his team’s final game.
â€œAt one college, I show up for a visit and the coach is wearing a shirt with my dad on it, and thatâ€™s all they talked about the whole time,â€ Asaad said. â€œAt Louisville, they said if Iâ€™m good enough, Iâ€™ll play. If not, Iâ€™ll sit the bench. I appreciated the honesty.
â€œI respect everything my dad did, but Iâ€™ve got to make my own way,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™m trying to get out of his shadow. I try to be as regular as I can.â€
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Ryan Seitz, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound slugger from Christopher Dock High School in Lansdale, Penn. has told the Louisville coach that he wants to play at U of L, starting in 2011.
The switch-hitting catcher spent most of his junior season playing in front of college and professional scouts, batting .440 with an area-best 12 home runs and 35 RBIs for a team that won the district championship and made the state tourney a second straight year.
“I met the coaches down in Georgia. I was playing in a tournament down there in the middle of July. I was down there for a week and I had a really good week. Louisville liked me and offered me an athletic scholarship and I went down there for a visit. I met the head coach and the assistants. It was a good fit for me.”
Seitz has heard from Auburn, North Carolina, Texas Christian University, James Madison, and Coastal Carolina.
So how is Chris Dominguez, the recently drafted University of Louisville third baseman, doing during his first season in the San Francisco Giants baseball organization?
Dominguez is assigned to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, an Oregon team based in the Class A Northwest League. He has played in 18 of the team’s first 40 games.
He currently leads the team in home runs with seven of them. He has batted in 17 runs, and owns a batting average of .254. He is also tied with two other players for most strikeouts with 23 in 71 at-bats.