--by Jared Anderson
--photo by Jared Anderson
Louisville baseball has been named preseason #1 in three different polls. The latest comes from D1Baseball, days after Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Perfect Game.
The ACC has eight teams ranked with seven in the Top 20. The next highest is Miami, at #3. Vanderbilt is sandwiched between the two ACC foes at #2.
The Cardinals finished 2019 with a 51-18 record and a semifinal appearance in the College World Series.
A big part of the top ranking is the projected weekend starting rotation in Reid Detmers, Bobby Miller, and Luke Smith. Adam Elliott also returns to the bullpen while the Cards maintained closer Michael Kirian.
Reigning ACC Player of the Year Alex Binelas also returns for his sophomore season. Henry Davis is slated to take over primary catching duties.
The Cards start the season in a three-game series at Top 25 Ole Miss beginning Feb. 14. They will then come to Jim Patterson Stadium to host Wright State on Feb. 19 to kick off a nine-game homestand.