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December 19, 2006

Southeastern 64 - Louisville

The Depth Chart
Starter Bench
1B Jorge Castillo (jr) 1B Daniel Burton (sr)
2B Greg Del George (jr) 2B Logan Johnson (sr)
3B Chris Dominguez (fr) 3B Justin McClanahan (jr)
SS Chris Cates (sr) SS Greg Del George (jr)
C Derrick Alfonso (jr) C Jeff Arnold (fr)
LF Isaiah Howes (sr) LF Pete Rodriguez (sr)
CF Boomer Whiting (sr) CF Chris Pelaez (fr)
RF Dan Burton (sr) RF Pete Rodriguez (sr)
DH Logan Johnson (sr) DH Justin McClanahan (jr)
SP1 Zack Pitts (jr) Mid Skyler Meade (sr)
SP2 Justin Marks (fr) Mid James Belanger (jr)
SP3 Tyler Mathis (fr) Mid Colby Wark (jr)
Cls Kyle Thornton (jr) Stp Trystan Magnuson (sr)
'07 Roster
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'06 Stats
Southeastern #45
Louisville


The staff may be new, but many of the players are the same. Louisville returns a nucleus of hitters from last season's big East Tournament runner-up. New coach Dan McDonnell assembled a quality staff that has people excited about the Cardinals this spring.

Offense

Louisville has a crew of senior hitters to lead the team into 2007. Shortstop Chris Cates (.332/1/32), utilityman Logan Johnson (.319/10/49), first baseman Jorge Castillo (.317/4/44), catcher Derrick Alfonso (.313/2/31), and outfielders Pete Rodriguez (.326/3/16), Boomer Whiting (.293/0/4), Daniel Burton (.300/2/33), and Isaiah Howes (.275/6/41) all are experienced and proven. Redsirt freshman third baseman Chris Dominguez, jc transfer Justin McClanahan, and Vanderbilt transfer Greg Del George should all be solid contributors.

Pitching

Pitching is the big concern. Pitching coach Roger Williams is without the projected ace B.J. Rosenberg (6-5/4.72) who will miss 2007 with injury. Zach Pitts (1-1/5.74), ), Jake Smith (3-3/4.88), and Skylar Meade along with freshmen Tyler Mathis and Justin Marks are the top weekend options. JC transfers Kyle Thornton and James Belanger, Oklahoma State transfer Kyle Hollander, and Ole Miss transfer Colby Wark are bullpen options along with senior Trystan Magnuson (4-2/3.69).

Schedule

The non-conference schedule has some beef on it as the Cardinals take on Southern Miss, Northwestern State, Southern Illinois, Stetson, California, Kent State, Kentucky, Western Kentucky, and Evansville. In the Big East, Louisville hosts preseason favorite Notre Dame but visits perennial contender St. John's and South Florida, coached by former Louisville head coach Lelo Prado.

Final Analysis

Louisville should be able to score runs. If the new pitchers make an impact, this team will contend with Notre Dame, St. John's, and South Florida in the Big East.

Strengths: Experienced position players and proven hitters

Weaknesses: Totally unsettled on the mound

The Southeastern 64 is made up of teams from the following conferences: ACC, SEC, Conference USA, Sun Belt, Atlantic Sun, Colonial, Big South, Southern, Southland, Ohio Valley, MEAC, and SWAC. The following schools were also included due to their geographic location: South Florida, Louisville, Louisiana Tech, and Charlotte.


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