Louisville Clinches Big East Conference Championship


Published on May 20 2013 7:14 am
Last Updated on May 20 2013 7:14 am
Written by Millie Lange

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - With the most impressive finish to a regular season in school history, the 10th-ranked Louisville baseball team clinched sole possession of the 2013 BIG EAST Conference regular season championship and won its 16th straight game overall with a 7-4 triumph over No. 16 Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium.

Matching the school record for regular season wins first set in 2010, the Cardinals improved to 46-10 overall and finished with a 20-4 conference mark while the Panthers dropped to 40-15 and 18-6. The 16-game winning streak UofL is the longest active streak in the nation and is the second longest in school history.

“I’m really happy for these kids that they were able to dogpile and enjoy this conference championship,” said head coach Dan McDonnell. “Selfishly, I probably would’ve celebrated yesterday because you don’t get many opportunities to dogpile in college baseball. They showed me a lot of confidence and a lot of resolve and they wanted more – they wanted to be the sole champion of this league.”

Chad Green, Effingham High School graduate, pitches for Louisville.