Chris Dominguez Doing His Thing

So how is Chris Dominguez doing this spring?

The University of Louisville’s consensus All-American baseball player has nine home runs, 40 runs batted in, five doubles, two triples and a batting average of .333. His most impressive outing was against Wisconsin-Milwaukee in early March when he smashed three pitches out of Jim Patterson Stadium, one them a grand slam.grand_slam_dominguez1

With Tuesday’s 15-1 win over Indiana University, the Baseball Cards improved their record to 21-9, matching the best 30-game record for a Dan McDonnell-coached U of L squad, matching the 2007 team with that record. That 2007 team went on to win 47 games and earn the program’s first ever College World Series appearance.

Up next, the Cards play Big East foe Pittsburgh on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the first of a three-game series at Jim Patterson Stadium. Friday’s game is also scheduled for 6 p.m.. The Saturday game is 1 p.m.

They need to start soon building momentum in the Big East Conference where they have five wins against four losses

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Football Bloodlines — The Steelers Depot notes that Zach Stoudt, a redshirt freshman quarterback candidate, is the son of former Pittsburgh Steeler backup quarterback Cliff Stoudt. Stoudt completed four of four passes for 94 yards, including a 47-yard pass to Trent Guy and a 20-yard TD throw to Maurice Clark during a recent scrimmage.

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More Big East Dominance — With all the NCAA action, the women’s National Invitation Tournament was easy to overlook. The champ was South Florida,  capturing its first postseason basketball title in school history with a 75-71 win over Kansas on KU’s home court in front of 16,113 fans.

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New Direction — Angel McCoughtry is off to New York for the Women’s NBA draft today where she is expected to be the No. 1 draft pick. The picking begins at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN. Coach Jeff Walz accompanied her.

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Enough Talent? — With more its share of women’s basketball talent, UConn was unbeatable, well beyond the reach of most other schools this  season, prompting this thought from Useless Trivia and Mindless Rants:

“Women’s college basketball also suffers from a “numbers” situation. There are far fewer top level women players compared to men. They aren’t going to get rich by jumping to the WNBA, so they stay for four years. And the majority of this talent goes to several select programs. What we saw UCONN do this year is exhibit A. Where most programs, like Louisville, Rutgers, Pitt, or Maryland, have one or two bonafide superstars UCONN has three, the trinity of Renee Montgomery, Tina Charles, and Maya Moore. And no matter how you split the numbers, three will always be one or two.”

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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.