Basketball or no basketball.

If you were among those who rediscovered their love for baseball when U of L went to Omaha and the College World Series in 2007, you don’t have to wait long.

Louisville Coach Dan McDonnell
Louisville Coach Dan McDonnell

Believe it or not, the college baseball season officially begins today, with the University of Louisville squaring off against the University of Florida  in the first of a three-game set at Gainesville. The series could be pivotal  in the chase for NCAA honors, with Louisville ranked No. 8 and Florida No. 11 in pre-season polls by Rivals.com.

Justin Marks, a pre-season All America pick, will be on the mound for Louisville. The lefthanded Big East pitcher of the year had a 9-2 won-lost record with a 2.37 earned run average last season. He will face Patrick Keating, a senior righthander who had an 8-1 record and a 4.62 ERA.

Game time is 6:30 p.m. and will be available here if you don’t mind listing to the Florida play-by-play callers. Warning: Baseball Cards can be addictive.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.