Louisville Cardinals baseball

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 13 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]

Louisville Cardinals
2023 Louisville Cardinals baseball team
Founded1909
UniversityUniversity of Louisville
Head coachDan McDonnell (17th season)
ConferenceACC
LocationLouisville, Kentucky
Home stadiumJim Patterson Stadium
(Capacity: 4,000)
NicknameCardinals
ColorsRed and black[1]
   
College World Series appearances
2007, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2019
NCAA regional champions
2007, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2022
NCAA Tournament appearances
2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022
Conference tournament champions
Big East: 2008, 2009
Regular season conference champions
Metro: 1983, 1984
Big East: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
The American: 2014
ACC: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2022

As of July 20, 2019, 19 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, Will Smith, and Nick Solak

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.

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) Coach Seasons W-L-T Pct
1909 A. P. Hauss 1 3–2 .600
1910 J. B. Helm 1 3–2 .600
1911–1912 A. L. Bass 2 8–3[lower-alpha 1] .727
1920–1922 Tommy Kienzle 3 8–6–1[lower-alpha 1] .567
1924–1925 Fred Enke 2 7–6 .538
1926–1929 Tom King 4 30–10–1[lower-alpha 1] .750
1930–1932 Unknown 3
1933–1936 C. V. Money 4 18–15[lower-alpha 1] .545
1937–1942, 1945–1966 John Heldman 26 309–149–4[lower-alpha 1] .673
1967–1968 Mario Cheppo 2 11–30 .268
1969 Harold Adams 1 9–13 .401
1970–1973 Dale Orem 4 66–98–1[lower-alpha 1] .403
1974–1979 Jim Zerilla 6 141–148–1 .488
1980–1981 John Boles 2 75–69 .521
1982–1984 Derek Mann 3 78–46 .629
1985–1990 John Mason 6 110–186–1 .372
1991–1995 Gene Baker 5 120–179 .401
1996–2006 Lelo Prado 11 320–301–1 .515
2007–present Dan McDonnell 15 637–261 .716
Totals 18 101 1963-1524-10 .563

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][10][11][12][13]

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Independent (1909–1912)
1909 A. P. Hauss 3–2
1910 J. B. Helm 3–2
1911 A. L. Bass 8–3
1912 A. L. Bass N/A[lower-alpha 1]
No program (1913–1919)
Independent (1920–1922)
1920 Tommy Kienzle N/A[lower-alpha 1]
1921 Tommy Kienzle 6–2
1922 Tommy Kienzle 2–3–1
No program (1923–1923)
Independent (1924–1942)
1924 Fred Enke 6–3
1925 Fred Enke N/A[lower-alpha 1]
1926 Tom King 13–2
1927 Tom King 8–1
1928 Tom King 5–3
1929 Tom King 4–4–1
1930 Unknown N/A[lower-alpha 1]
1931 Unknown N/A[lower-alpha 1]
1932 Unknown N/A[lower-alpha 1]
1933 C. V. Money 7–1
1934 C. V. Money 6–3
1935 C. V. Money 0–7
1936 C. V. Money 5–4
1937 John Heldman 8–3
1938 John Heldman 11–1–1
1939 John Heldman 11–1
1940 John Heldman 9–2
1941 John Heldman 6–4
1942 John Heldman 5–4
No program (1943–1944)
Independent (1945–1962)
1945 John Heldman 8–2
1946 John Heldman 5–5
1947 John Heldman 10–7
1948 John Heldman 12–7
1949 John Heldman 9–7
1950 John Heldman 9–5
1951 John Heldman 12–4
1952 John Heldman 10–5–1
1953 John Heldman 8–7
1954 John Heldman 13–6
1955 John Heldman 15–3
1956 John Heldman 13–10
1957 John Heldman 15–0
1958 John Heldman 16–4–1
1959 John Heldman 11–11
1960 John Heldman 12–7–1
1961 John Heldman 15–6
1962 John Heldman 11–7
Independent: 330–158–6[lower-alpha 1]
Missouri Valley Conference (1963–1975)
1963 John Heldman 16–72ndMVC Tournament
1964 John Heldman 15–82ndMVC Tournament
1965 John Heldman 13–110–63rd (East)
1966 John Heldman 13–40–34th (East)
1967 Mario Cheppo 7–150–94th (East)
1968 Mario Cheppo 4–150–74th (East)
1969 Harold Adams 9–130–64th (East)
1970 Dale Orem 16–20–14–52nd (East)
1971 Dale Orem 20–224thMVC Tournament
1972 Dale Orem 12–268thMVC Tournament
1973 Dale Orem 18–306thMVC Tournament
1974 Jim Zerilla 16–264thMVC Tournament
1975 Jim Zerilla 25–285thMVC Tournament
Missouri Valley: 184–225–14–36[lower-alpha 1]
Metro Conference (1976–1995)
1976 Jim Zerilla 29–244–1Metro Tournament
1977 Jim Zerilla 26–27Metro Tournament
1978 Jim Zerilla 27–161–1Metro Tournament
1979 Jim Zerilla 18–27–13–6Metro Tournament
1980 John Boles 38–216–3Metro Tournament
1981 John Boles 37–486–7Metro Tournament
1982 Derek Mann 22–174–3Metro Tournament
1983 Derek Mann 25–184–21st (Northern)Metro Tournament
1984 Derek Mann 31–116–11st (Northern)Metro Tournament
1985 John Mason 20–305–11Metro Tournament
1986 John Mason 18–333–137thMetro Tournament
1987 John Mason 12–361–147thMetro Tournament
1988 John Mason 18–356–117thMetro Tournament
1989 John Mason 27–234–106thMetro Tournament
1990 John Mason 15–29–14–10t-7thMetro Tournament
1991 Gene Baker 32–308–127thMetro Tournament
1992 Gene Baker 37–2410–82ndMetro Tournament
1993 Gene Baker 18–413–117thMetro Tournament
1994 Gene Baker 16–421–177thMetro Tournament
1995 Gene Baker 17–425–167thMetro Tournament
Metro: 483–574–284–157
Conference USA (1996–2005)
1996 Lelo Prado 18–366–158thC-USA Tournament[lower-alpha 2]
1997 Lelo Prado 23–3211–157thC-USA Tournament[lower-alpha 2]
1998 Lelo Prado 31–2414–135thC-USA Tournament[lower-alpha 2]
1999 Lelo Prado 37–1914–136thC-USA Tournament[lower-alpha 2]
2000 Lelo Prado 17–37–110–16–18thC-USA Tournament
2001 Lelo Prado 32–2913–14T–5thC-USA Tournament
2002 Lelo Prado 39–1821–92ndNCAA Regional
2003 Lelo Prado 34–2314–157thC-USA Tournament
2004 Lelo Prado 26–3013–178thC-USA Tournament
2005 Lelo Prado 32–2415–14T–6thC-USA Tournament
Conference USA: 289–272–1131–141–1
Big East Conference (2006–2013)
2006 Lelo Prado 31–2917–103rdBig East Tournament
2007 Dan McDonnell 47–2419–83rdCollege World Series
2008 Dan McDonnell 41–2116–114thNCAA Regional
2009 Dan McDonnell 47–1819–71stNCAA Super Regional
2010 Dan McDonnell 50–1421–61stNCAA Regional
2011 Dan McDonnell 32–2914–13T–4thBig East Tournament
2012 Dan McDonnell 41–2218–9T–1stNCAA Regional
2013 Dan McDonnell 51–1420–41stCollege World Series
Big East: 340–171144–68
American Athletic Conference (2014)
2014 Dan McDonnell 50–1719–51stCollege World Series
American Athletic Conference: 50–1719–5
Atlantic Coast Conference (2015–present)
2015 Dan McDonnell 47–1825–51stNCAA Super Regional
2016 Dan McDonnell 50–1422–81stNCAA Super Regional
2017 Dan McDonnell 53-1223-61stCollege World Series
2018 Dan McDonnell 45–1918–123rd (Atlantic) NCAA Regional
2019 Dan McDonnell 51–1821–91stCollege World Series
2020 Dan McDonnell 13–42–1Season cut short by
the COVID-19 pandemic.
2021 Dan McDonnell 28–2216–164th (Atlantic)
2022 Dan McDonnell 42–21–118–11–11st (Atlantic)NCAA Super Regional
Atlantic Coast Conference: 329–128–1145-68–1
Total:2005-1545-11

      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.[14]

Sean Green while pitching for the MLB's New York Mets.
  • Nick Burdi (2012–2014)
  • Chris Cates (2004–2007)
  • Chris Dominguez (2006–2009)
  • Adam Duvall (2008–2010)
  • Cody Ege (2011–2013)
  • Adam Engel (2011–2013)
  • Chad Green (2011–2013)
  • Sean Green (1998–2000)
  • Zach Jackson (2002–2003)
  • Dean Kiekhefer (2008–2009)
  • Matt Koch (2010–2012)
  • Fred Koster (1926–1928)
  • Trystan Magnuson (2004–2007)
  • Justin Marks (2007–2009)
  • Kyle McGrath (2013–2014)
  • Brendan McKay (2015–2017)
  • Dale Orem (1957–1960)
  • Josh Rogers (2014–2015)
  • B. J. Rosenberg (2004–2008)
  • Will Smith (2014–2016)
  • Nick Solak (2014–2016)
  • Tony Zych (2009–2011)

See also

Notes

  1. Records incomplete.
  2. In this season, all teams in Conference USA qualified for the postseason tournament.

References

  1. Louisville Athletics Brand Standards (PDF). March 22, 2016. Retrieved December 19, 2022.
  2. Jones, Steve (May 17, 2015). "McDonnell proud of ACC record but moving ahead". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  3. "Cardinals Will Unveil Jim Patterson Stadium Friday". GoCards.com. Louisville Sports Information. April 12, 2005. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  4. "Parkway Field". BallparkReviews.com. Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  5. "Cards Fall in Battle of the Bluegrass Nines 12–11". GoCards.com. Louisville Sports Information. March 20, 2005. Archived from the original on May 27, 2013. Retrieved May 27, 2013. Game one of the three game set will be Friday at 6:00 p.m. in what will be the final three home games in Cardinal Stadium before the Cardinal baseball team opens Jim Patterson Stadium on Friday, April 15th against defending C-USA champion East Carolina.
  6. "Jim Patterson Stadium: Home of Louisville Cardinal Baseball". GoCards.com. Louisville Sports Information. Archived from the original on May 8, 2013. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  7. Wall, Garret (May 10, 2012). "UofL Announces Details of Jim Patterson Stadium Expansion". WHAS11.com. Louisville Sports Information. Archived from the original on May 27, 2013. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  8. "Louisville Baseball to Host NCAA Tournament Regional". Courier-Journal.com. May 26, 2013. Archived from the original on May 27, 2013. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  9. "2013 Louisville Baseball Media Guide". Louisville Sports Information. Archived from the original on May 17, 2013. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  10. "2013 Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Record Book" (PDF). MVC.org. Missouri Valley Conference. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 14, 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  11. "Annual Conference Standings". BoydsWorld.com. Archived from the original on May 30, 2013. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  12. "2013 Conference USA Baseball Media Guide" (PDF). Conference USA. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 10, 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  13. "2013 Big East Conference Baseball Media Guide". BigEast.org. Archived from the original on March 26, 2013. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  14. "University of Louisville Baseball Players Who Made It to the Major Leagues". Baseball-Almanac.com. Archived from the original on May 9, 2007. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
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