Landing on their fifth major poll this preseason, the Louisville Cardinals found themselves in top 10 yet again, as the Cardinal Nine were listed at #8 in the 2019 edition of the USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll.
So far this preseason, Louisville has amassed an average preseason ranking of 8th and are in the top 10 in 4 of the 5 polls that have been released. Previously, the were ranked 4th by D1Baseball, 8th by Perfect Game, 9th by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, and 11th by Baseball America. LSU takes the top spot in the Coaches Poll, with rival Vanderbilt coming in at #2, Florida at #3, Texas Tech at #4 and reigning national champion Oregon State rounding out the top 5. Louisville is also one of 5 ACC programs in the poll, with only UNC at #6 ranked higher. The full USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll can be viewed here.
Louisville will head into 2019 with lofty expectations following a moderately successful 45-19 campaign in 2018 and reaching as high as #23 in the rankings. The Cards open up the 2019 season in Lakeland, FL against the #20 UConn Huskies on February 15th at 6pm. It kicks off a three game series at Joker Marchant Stadium, the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers.