Forecasters are calling for snow in Louisville. So the ground may be white Friday, with temperatures hovering in the 25- to 30-degree range. Welcome to Jim Patterson Stadium for opening day of the 2008 college baseball season.
Nobody expects good weather, it’s always bad in February. The Cards play on field turf so the game will go on unless it’s raining, sleeting or heavily snowing. Be surprised if a capacity crowd is not on hand for the opening game of a three-game series against Cleveland State.
The Baseball Card took local fans on quite a ride last season, all the way to the Final Four and the College World Series. Get wrapped up in your old Liberty Bowl stuff if necessary. Cold weather should not be a factor in the decision.
This season also marks the 100th anniversary of University of Louisville baseball. A special logo has been created to commemorate the fete, featuring John Heldman, who coached for 28 seasons, and former Cardinal standouts Jim LaFountain and Trystan Magnuson.
Be there. Opening pitch is 2 p. m.
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Friday is also a huge day for women’s athletics on Belknap Campus.
The softball team (4-4) also plays its first home games this Friday — a doubleheader, taking on Northern Illinois at 2 p. m. and Nebraska at 4 p. m.
The lacrosse team opens a new chapter in U of L athletics when the Cards play their first official game in the school’s history. They will be squaring off against Bryant University of Rhode Island at 1 p.m. at the new lacrosse field.