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2019 Record: 51-18. RPI: 9.
Coach (Record at school): Dan McDonnell (605-240 in 13 seasons).
Ballpark: Patterson Stadium (4,000).
Postseason History: 13 regionals (active streak: 8), 5 CWS trips (active streak: 1).
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Louisville's Projected Lineup
|C||Henry Davis, So.||.324/.422/.440||3||23||0|
|1B||Dalton Rushing, Fr.||HS — Brighton, Tenn.|
|2B||Lucas Dunn, Jr.||.309/.399/.398||1||25||15|
|3B||Alex Binelas, So.||.291/.383/.612||14||59||3|
|SS||Justin Lavey, Sr.||.286/.361/.366||3||33||20|
|LF||Zach Britton, Jr.||.288/.368/.470||5||28||2|
|CF||Luke Brown, Jr.||Tr. — John A. Logan (Ill.) CC|
|RF||Levi Usher, So.||Tr. — Kirkwood (Iowa) CC|
|DH||Danny Oriente, Sr.||.332/.404/.435||1||49||0|
|SP #1||Reid Detmers, Jr.||13-4||2.78||113.1||167||33||0|
|SP #2||Bobby Miller, Jr.||7-1||3.83||80||86||38||2|
|SP #3||Luke Smith, Sr.||6-1||4.24||68||53||24||0|
|Closer||Michael Kirian, Jr.||3-1||1.69||43.1||42||9||5|
Grading The Cardinals
Just as scouts grade prospects using the 20-80 scouting scale, we use a 20-80 scale to evaluate teams in our top 25. A score of 50 in each category is average, relative to a typical NCAA tournament team; 55 is slightly above-average; 60 is above-average (plus); 70 is well above-average (plus-plus); 80 is top of the scale, historically strong. Accordingly, 45 is fringe-average or slightly below-average; 40 is below-average; 30 is well below-average; and 20 is the extreme in that direction.
The Cardinals lost mainstays Tyler Fitzgerald, Logan Wyatt, Drew Campbell and Jake Snider, but they still return six players who logged at least 130 at-bats and hit at least .280 last year, giving them a chance to come close to last year’s above-average offensive production (7.4 runs per game, 18th-best in the nation). …
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