Big East Baseball Champs

Louisville Wins Doubleheader, Sweeps South Florida, Claiming First Regular Season Title


The best regular season in Louisville baseball history was wrapped with up with the Cards winning both ends of a doubleheader 4-3 and 12-1 against South Florida, the Cards finishing with a sparkling 40-14 record.

Thus, U of L enters next week’s Big East Tournament in Clearwater, Fla., as the No. 1 seed, another first for the Cards. During McDonnell’s first three seasons, Louisville has achieved an impressive 128-58 record with a winning percentage of 68 percent and three straight 40-win seasons.

  • And to think former Louisville coach Lelo Prado left U of L four years ago for the South Florida job because he thought the Florida sun was more conducive to becoming a contender on the national scene.
  • An incredible one-two punch has emerged. After 54 games in regular season play, junior Chris Dominguez and sophomore Phil Wunderlich lead the Cardinals with identical .365 batting averages. Dominguez leads the team with 21 home runs and 75 runs batted in, while Wunderlich has 15 home runs and 66 runs batted in.
  • The 3,663 fans for the title-clinching win was the largest regular-season crowd ever at Jim Patterson Stadium and the fourth largest overall.

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Wadwell pitches Softball Cards past Purdue

By Sonja Sykes

Getting five hit, one run pitching from Kristen Wadwell, the Lady Cards win their first round of the NCAA regional over Purdue 4-1 at Ulmer Stadium.

The Cards broke open a 1-1 tie after 4 innings with a 3 run bottom of the 5th inning to push past the Boilermakers.  Louisville collected 11 hits overall against Purdue and advances to the next round tomorrow against Arizona.

Wadwell pitched her way out of jams in the top of the 6th, with bases loaded and no outs, and the top of the 7th, with the bags full and one out, to get the win.

The Cards play the second game of the day on Saturday, around noon.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Big East Baseball Champs

  • May 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Well done Cards. Dan McDonnell is one great coach. Nothing they accomplish surprises me. Another run would be just fine with me.

  • May 17, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    If they keep it up, they’re gonna have more fans than the football Cards.

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