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Cards sweep South Florida, capture Big East title

The Louisville baseball team swept a three-game set from former skipper Lelo Prado and South Florida to capture the Big East regular season title yeterday.

The clincher cam via a 12-1 rout in the second game of a double-header at Jim Patterson Stadium Friday evening. Phil Wunderlich belted a grand slam in the first inning, Adam Duvall added four hits, and sophomore lefty Bob Revesz yielded just five hits over seven innings to lead the charge.

The Cards (40-14, 19-7) will be the top seed at the Big East Tournament in Clarwater, Fla., which begins on Tueday. U of L captured the tournament crown a season ago.

At 40-14 and ranked 23rd in the country, Louisville would seed to be a lock to make its third straight NCAA Tournament, but capturing an automatic bid would make Selection Monday that much more enjoyable for the Cardinal Nine.

Notes from U of L:

- The Cardinals got four important wins this week and one key component was the pitching staff. In their four wins over Western Kentucky and South Florida, the Cardinals allowed only six earned runs in 36 innings with 35 strikeouts and only one walk.

- After 54 games in regular season play, junior Chris Dominguez and sophomore Phil Wunderlich lead the Cardinals in hitting as each stand at .365 overall. Dominguez also leads the team with 21 home runs and 75 RBI, while Wunderlich is second on the team with 15 home runs and 66 RBI. Interestingly, the .365 average, 21 home runs and 75 RBI are the identical numbers that Dominguez finished the 2008 season with, though this time he still has the entire post-season to build on those numbers.

- The 3,663 fans for Saturday night's BIG EAST title-clinching win over USF is the largest regular-season crowd ever at Jim Patterson Stadium and the fourth largest overall. The only time Louisville has surpassed that number was for the Cards' three Super Regional games in 2007 against Oklahoma State as more than 4,000 fans witnessed each of those.

- In three seasons as the Louisville head coach, Dan McDonnell has amassed an impressive 128-58 record with a winning percentage of 68 percent and three straight 40-win seasons. He's also led the program to its first ever BIG EAST regular season title (2009), first ever BIG EAST Tournament title (2008) and first ever College World Series appearance (2007).