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SLIDESHOW -- U of L fans welcome back Cardinal baseball team

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Enthusiastic fans welcomed back the University of Louisville baseball team Tuesday afternoon.

The team returned from the program's second College World Series appearance in Omaha.   They lost Monday to Oregon State, 4 to 11.

The Cardinals returned to the U of L Athletics building at the Kentucky Exposition Center around 2:30 Tuesday afternoon.

The team was greeted with fans who cheered and waved homemade signs.  Players signed autographs and posed for pictures.

Although they were grateful for their trip to the series, they were disappointed to come home empty handed. The players told WDRB that this is just the beginning for the Cardinal baseball program.

"It feels great to experience it. It felt good to be out there with everybody. But when that last out was made yesterday it was a really emotional thing," said junior Jeff Gardner. Gardner made headlines this year as the team's designated hitter.

"Hopefully it is just a stepping stone. I feel like we are ready to make the leap. Hopefully next year we will win a national championship," said pitcher Jeff Thompson.

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