UofL baseball drops a spot in national ranking

The University of Louisville baseball team dropped a spot in the D1 Baseball’s national rankings following a week in which the Cardinals won two games and lost two.Screenshot 2015-05-18 11.39.58

UofL is currently ranked third, behind UCLA, which won all four of its games last week, and just ahead of Texas Christian University which also won all four of its games. LSU remains No. 1.

If there’s a good thing about dropping a spot, it’s less pressure on UofL. The Cards needed any kind of a break after seven games in nine days.

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Louisville will compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference event this week. Not a tournament format until Sunday, when the two teams with the week’s best records in the four-team pods line up against each other. Here’s the schedule:

2015 ACC Baseball Championship Schedule

Tuesday, May 19

#7 Virginia vs. #10 Georgia Tech, 11 a.m. (RSN)
#8 North Carolina vs. #9 Virginia Tech, 3 p.m. (RSN)

Wednesday, May 20

#4 Florida State vs. #5 Clemson, 11 a.m. (RSN)
#2 Miami vs. #7 Virginia/ #10 Georgia Tech, 3 p.m. (RSN)
#1 Louisville vs. #8 North Carolina/#9 Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (RSN)

Thursday, May 21

#3 Notre Dame vs. #6 NC State, 11 a.m. (RSN)
#5 Clemson vs. #1 Louisville, 3 p.m. (RSN)
#4 Florida State vs. #8 North Carolina/#9 Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (RSN)

Friday, May 22

#3 Notre Dame vs. #7 Virginia/ #10 Georgia Tech, 11 a.m. (RSN)
#5 Clemson vs. #8 North Carolina/#9 Virginia Tech, 3 p.m. (RSN)
#2 Miami vs. #6 NC State, 7 p.m. (RSN)

Saturday, May 23

#1 Louisville vs. #4 Florida State, 11 a.m. (RSN)
#2 Miami vs. #3 Notre Dame, 3 p.m. (RSN)
#6 NC State vs. #7 Virginia/ #10 Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (RSN)

Sunday, May 24

ACC Championship, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)


Sporting News picks Louisville third

A sure sign that sportswriters are tired of writing about conference realignment.

Making pre-season college basketball top 10 predictions as summer nears.

The Sporting News has picked the University of Louisville as the third ranked team in the nation next season. No indication of whether that’s at the end or the beginning of the season.

U of L is ranked behind Indiana and UCLA, first and second, respectively. Ohio State is fourth and Kentucky fifth (even though UK lost five players in the draft?).

Michigan is sixth, North Carolina State seventh, Duke eighth, Syracuse ninth and Arizona tenth.

Still more UCLA-Louisville classic soccer

Among Tom Jurich’s favorite memories of University of Louisville athletics was the snow storm that preceded the UofL-UCLA soccer game in the NCAA quarterfinals last season.

It was a magical, unforgettable sight.

The UCLA team, in blue and gold, lined up north of the center line, wearing knee length blue rain slickers, many of the Bruins with hoodies over their heads to protect against the dampness and cold, temperatures hovering in the low thirties.

At the other end of the field was the UofL team, all white uniforms, no protection from the weather, short sleeve shirts and shorts, bare heads, arms and legs.

Snow falling so heavily and quickly that the field was quickly turning white. A then-record crowd of 5,400 fans were on hand, about a third of them clustered on the slope beneath I-65.

Could happen all again, Tom, in much the same way.

On Sunday in NCAA action, Ken Lolla’s team defeated Maryland 4-2 and UCLA crushed Rutgers 3-0 to advance to the quarterfinals. The teams will meet up again Saturday at Cardinal Park, starting at 7 p.m., and the temperature probably in the thirties. Snow? Why not.

U of L won the season opener over UCLA, 2-0, in front of 7,800, setting a new attendance high at Cardinal Park.

No. 1 Louisville Soccer against No. 2 North Carolina

For the second time this season, the top-ranked University of Louisville soccer team will face the No. 2 team in the nation, this time at Chapel Hill, N.C. on Sunday. The last time that happened U of L prevailed 2-0 over UCLA in the home opener.

The opponent this time is North Carolina, the team the Cards beat on a goal in the final minute to get in the national championship game last year. Start time is 7 p.m. Sunday.

U of L is 2-0 after defeating No. 24 Wake Forest 2-0 Friday.

No TV coverage, unfortunately, but you check the score on Gametracker.