First pitch Wednesday against Wright State is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Jim Patterson Stadium.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The top-ranked University of Louisville baseball team opens up the home portion of its schedule against Wright State at Jim Patterson Stadium on Wednesday at 3 p.m., ET. The game will be televised on the ACC Network and radio coverage will be available on 1450 WXVW.
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· Cardinals Cap Day: Wear your Cardinals hat to the ballpark and get rewarded! During select non-conference games this season, fans who enter the stadium wearing any Louisville ball cap will receive a voucher for your choice of FREE popcorn or soft pretzel.
ABOUT THE CARDINALS
The Cardinals lost two out of three on the opening weekend at No. 18 Ole Miss. Louisville won the first game of the weekend 7-2, before seeing its rallies come up short in 8-6 and 7-6 losses Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Twenty-eight Cardinals stepped onto the field during the three-game series in Oxford. Eleven different players made their Louisville debuts for head coach Dan McDonnell, including seven freshmen. Five players collected their first hits in a Louisville uniform.
Louisville and Wright State are meeting for the 17th time in the two program’s histories, with Louisville holding a 9-7 edge. The Cardinals are 4-0 against the Raiders during Dan McDonnell’s tenure, including a 3-1 victory in the 2016 NCAA Regional.
FEELING AT HOME INSIDE JIM PATTERSON STADIUM
Since opening the gates at Jim Patterson Stadium in 2005, the Cardinals have won nearly 78 percent of their games in the ballpark posting a 404-115 record (.778 winning percentage), including an impressive 33-4 mark during the 2017 season at the corner of Third and Central. The Cardinals were 33-8 on their home field last season, winning the NCAA Regional and Super Regional rounds at home to secure their fifth NCAA College World Series berth. Louisville set a school record for home wins with 36 in 2016 and the Cardinals have registered 30 or more wins at home in five of the last seven seasons.
· Louisville has an .860 winning percentage (92-15) in non-conference games over the last four-plus seasons, including a 72-5 (.935) mark in non-conference home games.
· UofL was 12-2 in midweek non-conference contests in 2019. The Cardinals are 48-8 in such games since the start of 2016.
· Senior Danny Oriente needed 59 games to pick up his lone homer in 2019, but got his first in 2020 in just the second game of the year.
· Junior Zach Britton was one of three ACC players to pick up four extra-base hits on the opening weekend.
CARDINALS STAY ATOP PERFECT GAME POLL
Despite dropping a pair of games on the first weekend, Louisville held onto the top spot in the Perfect Game rankings this week.
The Cardinals slid from No. 1 to third in the D1Baseball poll and fourth in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper rankings, while moving from No. 2 to sixth in Baseball America’s top 25 and eighth in the NCBWA poll.
Louisville has been ranked in at least one major national poll every week since the release of the 2012 preseason rankings — the longest such span in school history.