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Louisville Cardinals
Baseball current event.svg 2020 Louisville Cardinals baseball team
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Founded1909
University University of Louisville
Head coach Dan McDonnell (14th season)
Conference ACC
Location Louisville, Kentucky
Home stadium Jim Patterson Stadium
(Capacity: 4,000)
Nickname Cardinals
ColorsRed and Black [1]
         
College World Series appearances
2007, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2019
NCAA regional champions
2007, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
NCAA Tournament appearances
2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Conference tournament champions
2008, 2009
Conference champions
1983, 1984, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019

The Louisville Cardinals baseball team is the varsity intercollegiate baseball program of the University of Louisville, located in Louisville, Kentucky. The program was a member of the NCAA Division I American Athletic Conference for the 2014 season and joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in July 2014. The Cardinals have played at Jim Patterson Stadium since the venue opened during the 2005 season. Dan McDonnell has been the program's head coach since the start of the 2007 season. As of the end of the 2017 season, the program has appeared in thirteen NCAA Tournaments and five College World Series. In conference postseason play, it has won two Big East Conference Baseball Tournaments. In regular season play, it has won two Metro Conference titles, four Big East Conference titles, one American Athletic Conference title, and four Atlantic Coast Conference titles. Louisville also set the ACC record for most conference wins in a season with 25 during the 2015 season. [2]

Contents

As of July 20, 2019, nineteen former Cardinals have appeared in Major League Baseball. Seven former Cardinals have appeared in MLB games during the 2019 season: Nick Burdi, Adam Engel, Chad Green, Matt Koch, Brendan McKay, Josh Rogers, and Will Smith.

Conference affiliations

Venues

Early venues

Early in its history, Louisville played many home games at Eclipse Park in Louisville, until the venue burned down in 1922. Other early venues included the Belknap Campus Diamond, Shawnee Park, Manual Stadium, and St. Xavier Field. [3]

Parkway Field

Parkway Field, located on the university's campus, was the program's home sporadically from 1923 to 1960 and full-time from 1961 to 1995. The grandstand that allowed professional baseball to be played at the venue in the first half of the 20th century was torn down in 1961. [3] [4]

Derby City Field

For all of the 1996 and 1997 seasons and parts of the 1998 and 1999 seasons, the Cardinals played at Derby City Field. [3]

Old Cardinal Stadium

Jim Patterson Stadium in 2007. Jim Patterson Stadium, batter's box.jpg
Jim Patterson Stadium in 2007.

From the start of the 1998 season through mid-April 2005, Louisville played at Old Cardinal Stadium. The Cardinals played a full schedule at Cardinal Stadium from 2000 to 2004 and portions of their schedule there in 1998, 1999, and 2005. At points in its history, the stadium was also home to the Louisville football program, minor league baseball teams, and minor league football teams. [3] [5]

Jim Patterson Stadium

Since partway through the 2005 season, the program has played at Jim Patterson Stadium, located on Louisville's campus. The venue has a capacity of 4,000 spectators, cost $8.5 million, and is named for businessman and former Louisville baseball player Jim Patterson. [6] It underwent $4 million renovations prior to the 2013 season to increase its capacity and upgrade its facilities. [7] It has hosted Eight NCAA Regionals (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019) and six Super Regionals (2007, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019). [8] Jim Patterson Stadium is conveniently located just behind Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium, home of the Louisville Cardinals football stadium. In effort to build JPS, Tino Martinez donated money and has his initials above the press box behind home plate. He is the brother-in-law of former head coach, Lelo Prado.

Head coaches

Dan McDonnell, the program's current head coach, is Louisville's wins leader, with 605. Lelo Prado, the program's head coach from 1996 to 2006, is second, with 320. John Heldman, who served as head coach for 26 seasons, is the program's longest tenured head coach. [9]

Tenure(s)CoachSeasonsW-L-TPct
1909A. P. Hauss13–2.600
1910J. B. Helm13–2.600
1911–1912A. L. Bass28–3 [lower-alpha 1] .727
1920–1922Tommy Kienzle38–6–1 [lower-alpha 1] .567
1924–1925 Fred Enke 27–6.538
1926–1929Tom King430–10–1 [lower-alpha 1] .750
1930–1932Unknown3
1933–1936 C. V. Money 418–15 [lower-alpha 1] .545
1937–1942, 1945–1966John Heldman26309–149–4 [lower-alpha 1] .673
1967–1968Mario Cheppo211–30.268
1969Harold Adams19–13.401
1970–1973 Dale Orem 466–98–1 [lower-alpha 1] .403
1974–1979Jim Zerilla6141–148–1.488
1980–1981 John Boles 275–69.521
1982–1984Derek Mann378–46.629
1985–1990John Mason6110–186–1.372
1991–1995Gene Baker5120–179.401
1996–2006 Lelo Prado 11320–301–1.515
2007–present Dan McDonnell 13605–240.716
Totals18991922-1498-10.562

Current coaching staff

Louisville's coaching staff for the 2019 season is as follows: [10]

  • Head Coach – Dan McDonnell
  • Assistant Head Coach/Pitching – Roger Williams
  • Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator – Eric Snider
  • Assistant Coach – Adam Vrable
  • Director of Operations – Brian Mundorf
  • Director of Baseball Player Development – Michael Allman

Year-by-year records

Below is a table of the program's yearly records. Louisville's first season of varsity intercollegiate baseball was 1909. It did not sponsor a team from 1913 to 1919, in 1923 (not enough players), or from 1943 to 1944 (World War II). [9] [11] [12] [13] [14]

SeasonTeamOverallConferenceStandingPostseason
Independent(1909–1912)
1909A. P. Hauss3–2
1910J. B. Helm3–2
1911A. L. Bass8–3
1912A. L. BassN/A [lower-alpha 1]
No program(1913–1919)
Independent(1920–1922)
1920Tommy KienzleN/A [lower-alpha 1]
1921Tommy Kienzle6–2
1922Tommy Kienzle2–3–1
No program(1923–1923)
Independent(1924–1942)
1924 Fred Enke 6–3
1925Fred EnkeN/A [lower-alpha 1]
1926Tom King13–2
1927Tom King8–1
1928Tom King5–3
1929Tom King4–4–1
1930UnknownN/A [lower-alpha 1]
1931UnknownN/A [lower-alpha 1]
1932UnknownN/A [lower-alpha 1]
1933 C. V. Money 7–1
1934C. V. Money6–3
1935C. V. Money0–7
1936C. V. Money5–4
1937John Heldman8–3
1938John Heldman11–1–1
1939John Heldman11–1
1940John Heldman9–2
1941John Heldman6–4
1942John Heldman5–4
No program(1943–1944)
Independent(1945–1962)
1945John Heldman8–2
1946John Heldman5–5
1947John Heldman10–7
1948John Heldman12–7
1949John Heldman9–7
1950John Heldman9–5
1951John Heldman12–4
1952John Heldman10–5–1
1953John Heldman8–7
1954John Heldman13–6
1955John Heldman15–3
1956John Heldman13–10
1957John Heldman15–0
1958John Heldman16–4–1
1959John Heldman11–11
1960John Heldman12–7–1
1961John Heldman15–6
1962John Heldman11–7
Independent:330–158–6 [lower-alpha 1]
Missouri Valley Conference (1963–1975)
1963John Heldman16–72ndMVC Tournament
1964John Heldman15–82ndMVC Tournament
1965John Heldman13–110–63rd (East)
1966John Heldman13–40–34th (East)
1967Mario Cheppo7–150–94th (East)
1968Mario Cheppo4–150–74th (East)
1969Harold Adams9–130–64th (East)
1970 Dale Orem 16–20–14–52nd (East)
1971Dale Orem20–224thMVC Tournament
1972Dale Orem12–268thMVC Tournament
1973Dale Orem18–306thMVC Tournament
1974Jim Zerilla16–264thMVC Tournament
1975Jim Zerilla25–285thMVC Tournament
Missouri Valley:184–225–14–36 [lower-alpha 1]
Metro Conference (1976–1995)
1976Jim Zerilla29–244–1Metro Tournament
1977Jim Zerilla26–27Metro Tournament
1978Jim Zerilla27–161–1Metro Tournament
1979Jim Zerilla18–27–13–6Metro Tournament
1980 John Boles 38–216–3Metro Tournament
1981John Boles37–486–7Metro Tournament
1982Derek Mann22–174–3Metro Tournament
1983Derek Mann25–184–21st (Northern)Metro Tournament
1984Derek Mann31–116–11st (Northern)Metro Tournament
1985John Mason20–305–11Metro Tournament
1986John Mason18–333–137thMetro Tournament
1987John Mason12–361–147thMetro Tournament
1988John Mason18–356–117thMetro Tournament
1989John Mason27–234–106thMetro Tournament
1990John Mason15–29–14–10t-7thMetro Tournament
1991Gene Baker32–308–127thMetro Tournament
1992Gene Baker37–2410–82ndMetro Tournament
1993Gene Baker18–413–117thMetro Tournament
1994Gene Baker16–421–177thMetro Tournament
1995Gene Baker17–425–167thMetro Tournament
Metro:483–574–284–157
Conference USA (1996–2005)
1996 Lelo Prado 18–366–158th C-USA Tournament [lower-alpha 2]
1997Lelo Prado23–3211–157th C-USA Tournament [lower-alpha 2]
1998Lelo Prado31–2414–135th C-USA Tournament [lower-alpha 2]
1999Lelo Prado37–1914–136th C-USA Tournament [lower-alpha 2]
2000Lelo Prado17–37–110–16–18th C-USA Tournament
2001Lelo Prado32–2913–14T–5th C-USA Tournament
2002 Lelo Prado39–1821–92nd NCAA Regional
2003 Lelo Prado34–2314–157th C-USA Tournament
2004 Lelo Prado26–3013–178th C-USA Tournament
2005 Lelo Prado32–2415–14T–6th C-USA Tournament
Conference USA:289–272–1131–141–1
Big East Conference (2006–2013)
2006 Lelo Prado 31–2917–103rd Big East Tournament
2007 Dan McDonnell 47–2419–83rd College World Series
2008 Dan McDonnell41–2116–114th NCAA Regional
2009 Dan McDonnell47–1819–71st NCAA Super Regional
2010 Dan McDonnell50–1421–61st NCAA Regional
2011 Dan McDonnell32–2914–13T–4th Big East Tournament
2012 Dan McDonnell41–2218–9T–1st NCAA Regional
2013 Dan McDonnell51–1420–41st College World Series
Big East:340–171144–68
Louisville Cardinals baseball(American Athletic Conference)(2014)
2014 Dan McDonnell50–1719–51st College World Series
American Athletic Conference:50–1719–5
Louisville Cardinals baseball(Atlantic Coast Conference)(2015–present)
2015 Dan McDonnell47–1825–51st NCAA Super Regional
2016 Dan McDonnell50–1422–81st NCAA Super Regional
2017 Dan McDonnell53-1223-61st College World Series
2018 Dan McDonnell45–1918–123rd (Atlantic) NCAA Regional
2019 Dan McDonnell51–1821–91st College World Series
Atlantic Coast Conference:246–81109-40
Total:1922-1498-10

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Notable former players

The following is a list of notable former Cardinals and the seasons in which they played for the program. [15]

Sean Green while pitching for the MLB's New York Mets. Sean Green.jpg
Sean Green while pitching for the MLB's New York Mets.

See also

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Records incomplete.
  2. 1 2 3 4 In this season, all teams in Conference USA qualified for the postseason tournament.

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