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GAMEDAY INFORMATION: #25 Louisville at 2012 Tucson Regional

Dates: June 1-4, 2012
Location: Hi Corbett Field | Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: News/Talk 1570 AM (WNDA) in Louisville
Internet: CardsTV (Audio) at


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    Junior RHP Justin Amlung

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The BIG EAST Conference champion and 25th-ranked Louisville baseball team earned an at-large berth into the 2012 NCAA Championship and will open on Friday against New Mexico State in the Tucson Regional.

    The No. 3 seeded Cardinals (39-20) and No. 2 Aggies (35-22) are scheduled to open the regional on Friday at 7 p.m., EDT (4 p.m., MST) at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson in a nationally televised game on ESPNU. No. 1 Arizona (38-17) and No. 4 Missouri (32-26) will complete the opening day of action at 11 p.m., EDT (8 p.m., MST) on ESPNU.

    Game times for the Tucson Regional are scheduled for 7 p.m., and 11 p.m., EDT on Saturday and Sunday, while Monday’s if necessary second championship game is set for 11 p.m., EDT. The Friday, Saturday and if necessary second championship game on Monday will be broadcast on ESPNU and streamed on, while the Sunday games will be streamed live exclusively on Justin Kutcher (play-by-play) and Jay Payton (analyst) will call the action for ESPNU.

    Live play-by-play of the Cardinals’ games in Tucson can be heard on News/Talk 1570 AM (WNDA) with live audio also available to subscribers of CardsTV online at Live scoring will be available through the Gametracker feature on the baseball schedule page at

    The University of Louisville is making its sixth NCAA Regional appearance in school history and its fifth in the last six years under the direction of head coach Dan McDonnell. The Tucson Regional will mark just the second time Louisville has played NCAA postseason games west of the Eastern and Central Time Zones and the first time since advancing to the Fullerton Super Regional in 2009.The Cardinals have just seven total games all-time against the three other programs in the Tucson Regional. Louisville is 3-1 all-time against New Mexico State, though the program’s have not met since 1975. The Cardinals are 2-1 all-time against Missouri with all three meetings coming in Columbia during the 2007 NCAA Regional won by Louisville. U of L and Arizona have never met on the baseball diamond.

    NCAA BASEBALL TUCSON REGIONAL SCHEDULE (Click on links to watch games online)
    Friday, June 1 (Games televised on ESPNU)

  • Game 1 (7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. MST): No. 3 Louisville vs. No. 2 New Mexico State
  • Game 2 (11 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. MST): No. 4 Missouri vs. No. 1 ArizonaSaturday, June 2 (Games televised on ESPNU)
  • Game 3 (7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. MST): Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
  • Game 4 (11 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. MST): Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2Sunday, June 3 (Games streamed online at
  • Game 5 (7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. MST): Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
  • Game 6 (11 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. MST): Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 5Monday, June 5 (Games televised on ESPNU)
  • Game 7 (if necessary, 11 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. MST): Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6NOTES AND TRENDS TO FOLLOW…
    Louisville has a 9-8 record all-time in NCAA Regional games, including a 3-2 record in openers… The Cardinals are 12-13 overall in NCAA postseason games… Louisville is making its fourth NCAA Regional appearance away from home and is 4-5 in those three previous appearances, including the win in the Columbia (Mo.) Regional in 2007… The Cardinals have outscored their opponents 83-13 in the first inning this season, but have not scored in the first in the last six games… U of L is 38-2 when leading after the seventh inning… Louisville is 0-16 when trailing after seven innings… The Cardinals are 20-3 this season when hitting at least one home run… Louisville batters have been hit by pitches 108 times this season, which ranks second in the nation… Nick Ratajczak leads the Cardinals with 25 HBPs (ninth nationally), while Ty Young has 20 (22nd nationally)… Adam Engel ranks seventh in the nation in stolen bases with 35 in 37 attempts… The Cardinals rank 14th in the nation in scoring at 7.0 runs per contest.

    The Louisville baseball program won its third BIG EAST regular season title in four seasons in 2012 adding to its impressive resume as a league member. Along with league titles in 2009 and 2010, the Cardinals have the highest regular season winning percentage in conference games of any league member at .659 (124-64).

    Louisville junior right-hander Justin Amlung was named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year, righty Jared Ruxer was selected as the Rookie of the Year and a school record 10 Cardinals earned All-BIG EAST honors during the opening ceremonies of the 2012 BIG EAST Championship at Bright House Field on May 22.

    Amlung was 8-3 with a 2.16 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 96.0 innings pitched as the Cardinals’ Friday night ace throughout the regular season. U of L’s only First Team All-BIG EAST selection in 2012, he was twice selected as the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week this season and finished with eight or more strikeouts in six of his 14 regular season starts. He was the fourth Louisville player to be named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year in the last six seasons joining Thomas Royse (2010), Justin Marks (2009) and Zack Pitts (2007).

    Ruxer finished his first collegiate regular season with an 8-1 record and a 2.61 ERA in 69.0 innings pitched and 12 starts. He became the second Louisville player to earn the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year award joining Marks in 2007. A Third Team All-BIG EAST selection, Ruxer was 3-1 with a 2.64 ERA in five BIG EAST starts.

    Louisville had five players named Second Team All-BIG EAST on Tuesday – senior first baseman Stewart Ijames, sophomore outfielder Adam Engel, sophomore designated hitter Jeff Gardner, sophomore outfielder Cole Sturgeon and sophomore right-hander Jeff Thompson. Joining Ruxer as a Third Team All-BIG EAST selection were senior righty reliever Derek Self, junior second baseman Nick Ratajczak and sophomore third baseman Ty Young.

    Nine opponents on the Cardinals’ 2012 schedule advanced to the 2012 NCAA Championships and Louisville finished with a 9-6 record against those teams. U of L had wins over Michigan State (7-6), Pepperdine (3-1, 7-3), Oral Roberts (7-3), Ole Miss (4-3), Kentucky (12-0, 10-2) and St. John’s (5-0, 6-4) and losses to Pepperdine (3-2), East Carolina (9-4), Ole Miss (18-8), Purdue (2-1, 10 innings), Vanderbilt (3-2) and St. John’s (6-2).The Cardinals were 2-1 in neutral site games against those NCAA qualifiers with wins over Michigan State (Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge) and Oral Roberts (DRASH Alabama Classic) and a loss to East Carolina (DRASH Alabama Classic).

    Top-seeded Louisville saw its BIG EAST Championship title hopes end with a 6-2 loss to USF in an elimination game at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla., on May 25. For the second straight outing on Friday, the Cardinals struggled offensively as the Bulls’ pitching staff limited Louisville to only four hits and just one earned run. U of L opened Friday with a 4-1 loss to Connecticut in a second round game that was postponed from Thursday because of rain. The Cardinals managed just four hits in each of Friday’s game, matching a season-low.

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