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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.

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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.

6 thoughts on “Your Big East Tournament Winners”
  1. A long, long week but the wait was worth it. Had me sweating bullets yesterday. Phil Wunderlich with that three run blast in the top of the ninth, you are the man! Spring excitement is back with a vengeance.

  2. Notre Dame was a much better team than UConn. Cards were really tested in that series.

  3. Good read.

    Charlie, I have exclusive galleries over at the site, of every game of the BE Tourney, and you are welcome to use any of the pics you like for graphics, or even embed the slideshow player over here.

    Whatever. Just letting you know, and I hope to see you at the regional here at JPS. Terry Jackson and I will be covering the games for CD.

    Probably going to host a tailgate for the baseball regional games as well.

    Keep up the good work.

  4. No problem Charlie. I was looking for pics this morning on the CJ, and they STILL have not posted any.
    I think we should all be one big happy Card Community, but rivals and scout beg to differ….

    Big East site has pics……..FOR SALE…

    It is getting bad. Everyone wants to charge for everything. At rivals and scout, they hit the sponsors AND the fans. The double-whammy.

    Hell, if it were not for Sean “The Mothman Cometh” on 1570, the fans were even going to have to pay to LISTEN, and need special tuners like XM or Sirrus. As much as Tom loves to get fan support involved, it seems as if Tom would of made sure some streaming footage for us, but Trangese probably had it on lockdown for the $$$.

    Kind of like what Churchill did with online gaming with the new twinspires.com, but now NCAA Athletics are being explotied obviously.

    Just pissed that the fans could not witness perhaps one of the most magical Cardinal Baseball seasons ever, and our boys winning twin titles in the BEAST, WITHOUT DIGGING IN THEIR POCKETS. The Big East did not even let gametracker do the games………

    I am going to e-mail Tom about it, just to see if perhaps we may be able to do something a little more “fan friendly” in seasons to come. Hell, I will go down there and stream it MYSELF for expenses and no pay. Dan McDonnell is making $$$ for the program in baseball with the post-season success, and has brought us fully into the national spotlight. Let’s reward Dan accordingly. We already have him a great announcer in Sean Moth on the radio, so let’s take it a step further with the free streams, PLUS, recruits can watch online. Win-win for all Card fans. The BEAST makes pleanty of $$$. Now they are just getting greedy.

    Glad you could use the pics, and ANYTIME you see anything over there, you are welcome to it.

    Charlie, at least we are doing our part to keep following the Cards as cheap and as sucker-free as possible.


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