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Full AAC Baseball Bracket Released, Louisville Opens Play Thursday

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After ending the regular season with a weekend sweep of Cincinnati, the Louisville baseball team now turns its attention to this week's AAC Tournament, where the Cardinals will be the No. 1 seed.

The format for this year's tourney is a little different than the one fans may remember, as the eight teams participating will be divided into two four-team pools and will play three set games to produce the two squads who will play for the league's postseason title next Sunday.

U of L will begin pool play on Thursday against eighth-seeded Memphis, and then take on No. 5 USF and No. 4 Rutgers On Friday and Saturday, respectively. The championship game will be played on Sunday at noon, and will be carried live on ESPNU.

Here's the full schedule of events for the week ahead:

2014 American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship
Bright House Field | Clearwater, Fla.

Pool A
No. 1 Louisville (43-13, 19-5 American)
No. 4 Rutgers (29-23, 14-9 American)
No. 5 USF (26-29, 10-14 American)
No. 8 Memphis (28-28, 8-16 American)

Pool B
No. 2 UCF (34-22, 17-7 American)
No. 3 Houston (41-14, 14-9 American)
No. 6 Temple (14-30, 9-14 American)
No. 7 UConn (26-29, 9-14 American)

Tuesday, May 21 (American Digital Network) - Opening Ceremonies
5 p.m. - Gates open
6:45 p.m. - Parade of Teams
7 p.m. - Awards Presentation
8 p.m. - Home Run Derby
8:50 p.m. - Fireworks display

Home Run Derby Participants
UCF - Tommy Williams (.265, 11 HR, 44 RBI)
UConn - Blake Davey (.319, 10 HR, 31 RBI)
Houston - Jake Lueneburg (.265, 0 HR, 11 RBI)
Louisville - Jeff Gardner (.340, 8 HR, 61 RBI)
Memphis - To be named
Rutgers - Lou Clemente (.264, 2 HR, 20 RBI)
USF - Austin Lueck (.278, 0 HR, 11 RBI)
Temple - To be named

Wednesday, May 21 - Pool Play (American Digital Network)
11 a.m. - No. 7 UConn vs. No. 2 UCF
3 p.m. - No. 6 Temple vs. No. 3 Houston
7 p.m. - No. 5 USF vs. No. 4 Rutgers

Thursday, May 22 - Pool Play (American Digital Network)
11 a.m. - No. 3 Houston vs. No. 7 UConn
3 p.m. - No. 8 Memphis vs. No. 1 Louisville
7 p.m. - No. 2 UCF vs. No. 6 Temple

Friday, May 23 - Pool Play (American Digital Network)
11 a.m. - No. 4 Rutgers vs. No. 8 Memphis
3 p.m. - No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 5 USF
7 p.m. - No. 3 Houston vs. No. 2 UCF

Saturday, May 24 - Pool Play (American Digital Network)
11 a.m. - No. 7 UConn vs. No. 6 Temple
3 p.m. - No. 4 Rutgers vs. No. 1 Louisville
7 p.m. - No. 8 Memphis vs. No. 5 USF

Sunday, May 25 - Final (ESPNU)
Noon - Pool A winner vs. Pool B winner