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Freshman Tony Zych pitched six strong innings on the mound and the offense put up another double-digit performance as the 17th-ranked Louisville baseball team won its second straight Big East Tournament title with an 11-3 triumph over Connecticut on a warm Sunday afternoon at Clearwater, Fla.
With the victory, the Cardinals (44-15) earned the conference’s automatic bid to next week’s NCAA Regional for their school record setting third straight NCAA appearance. In Dan McDonnell’s three seasons as the head coach, he’s guided the Cards to the three straight NCAA appearances, back-to-back tournament titles, the regular-season title, the first ever 40-win regular season and the first College World Series appearance in 2007.
Junior first baseman Andrew Clark earned the Jack Kaiser Award as the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament after hitting .500 with eight runs batted in and six runs scored in the Cards’ five tournament games. Along with Clark, junior catcher Jeff Arnold, sophomore designated hitter Phil Wunderlich, freshman outfielder Ryan Wright and Zych were all named to the All-Tournament Team.
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The University of Louisville was selected Sunday by the NCAA Selection Committee to host one of 16 NCAA Regionals May 29-June 1.
The Louisville Regional will open on Friday, May 29 with games at noon and 4 p.m. The schedule for Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 will also feature games at noon and 4 p.m., and if necessary, the Louisville Regional will conclude on Monday, June 1 with a single game at noon . Gates will open at 11 a.m. each day. All game times are tentative and subject to change based on matchups and television arrangements.
Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the Louisville Ticket Office will be closed on Monday. However, the Louisville Regional Ticket Order Form will be available online at www.UofLSports.com. The Louisville Ticket Office will begin taking ticket orders by phone on Tuesday at 9 a.m. by calling 852-5863.