baseballThe ping of aluminum baseball bats resounded sharply throughout the Trager Indoor Football Practice Facility on Friday as the University of Louisville baseball team gathered for the first day of practice for the 2013 season. A temperature of 25 degrees and icy conditions were a bit much even for Coach Dan McDonnell, whose teams have endured wide extremes in climatic conditions over the past seven years.

U of L returns 21 letter winners from the 2012 team, which finished 41-22 and advanced to an NCAA Regional for the fifth time in six seasons. In his six previous seasons leading the Cardinals, McDonnell is 258-122 with three Big East regular-season titles, two BIG EAST Tournament titles, two NCAA Super Regional appearances and one College World Series berth.


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By Charlie Springer

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