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Cardinal Nine Fall To Indiana In Season Opener

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Perhaps the most anticipated season in the history of Louisville baseball got off to a sour start down in Florida on Friday, as the fourth-ranked Cardinals fell 2-0 to Indiana in the season-opener for both teams.

IU's pitching silenced U of L's bats to the tune of just six hits, two of which were bunt singles. It was the first time the Cards had been shut out since May 6, 2011.

"We still feel like this is going to be a very offensive club, so we don't want to panic," coach Dan McDonnell told CardinalAuthority.com. "I don't think any coach in the country wants to start with a shutout in the first game of the season, but we're still very confident. We just have to let the air out of the balloon."

The loss was just Louisville's second in 11 Big East/Big Ten Challenge games.

The Cards will have a chance to bounce back quickly when they face conference foe South Florida at 4 p.m. on Saturday in Clearwater. They'll wrap up the opening weekend against Purdue at 10 a.m. in St. Petersburg on Sunday.