Get out the adjectives. Amazing, Incredible, Unbelievable………but don’t forget SUPER! Louisville Baseball is going back to the Super Regional for the 5th time in 9 seasons under Dan McDonnell, and will host the Super Regional for the 3rd time. Prior to Coach McDonnell’s arrival Louisville Baseball had just ONE appearance ever in the NCAAs…..and bowed out quickly in two games of double elimination.
It probably feels like this is said too much, but when considering the sudden impact of McDonnell’s tenure at UofL it can’t be overstated….Dan McDonnell has done a phenomenal job at the University of Louisville.
He’s taken a college baseball after-thought & also-ran and in less than a decade packed more accomplishments than some programs have seen in an entire lifetime. 7 days from now, McDonnell will know whether or not he is sending his FOURTH team to Omaha and he’ll also start seeing players on this 2015 roster get selected in the Major League Baseball draft, which will further cement his legacy within in the program.
Perhaps it is fitting that Louisville’s path to the College World Series in Omaha will go through Cal State Fullerton at Jim Patterson Stadium. In 2009, the Titans bunted the Cardinals to death in the Fullerton Regional while UofL fans who made the trip also had to endure a myriad of obscenity laden taunts in what is remembered as some of the most brutal fan behavior Cards fans have ever encountered in any road environment. Revenge well…….what’s fair is fair.
Josh Rogers stated after advancing to the Super Regional stated: “Our goal is to win a national championship”.
If the Louisville Nine are to achieve their goal, they will have to take down a program with 4 National Titles under its belt who walked to the Super Regional through pool play this weekend, and who already defeated the Cards 8-6 earlier in February. Meanwhile, the Cards have won 11 post-season games in a row at Jim Patterson Stadium. Who comes out of this Super Regional victorious? It’s going to be a battle……fans will focus on revenge, the players will focus on Omaha, and the atmosphere at Jim Patterson Stadium is bound to be as SUPER as ever.
Louisville will find out the Super Regional schedule at 11:00 p.m. (ish) tonight on ESPNU. We’ll be sure to pass along info as soon as we know. In the meantime fans can purchase tickets to the Super Regional vs. Cal State Fullerton here.
2007: College World Series, #6 Final Rank
2008: NCAA Regional, Big East Tournament Champions
2009: NCAA Super Regional, Big East Champions (Season & Tournament) #15 Final Rank
2010: NCAA Regional, Big East Regular Season Champions, #16 Final Rank
2012: NCAA Regional, Big East Regular Season Champions
2013: College World Series, Big East Regular Season Champions, #8 Final Rank
2014: College World Series, American Athletic Regular Season Champions, #6 Final Rank
— Louisville Baseball (@UofLBaseball) May 31, 2015