Louisville, KY (WDRB) – The Ohio Valley Conference may not be a “power” conference, but the OVC champion Morehead State Eagles provided plenty of power at the plate. The Louisville Cardinals are preparing to face the top hitting team in the nation when they host MSU in Friday's NCAA baseball regional opener.
“We don't ever look at it as 'they didn't play in this league or that league',” said Cardinals head coach Dan McDonnell. “Hitting is hitting.”
MSU is batting .325 as a team this season.
Morehead State catcher Chris Robinson is one of the Eagles many weapons. The native of Uxbridge, Ontario ranks second nationally in hits (98), runs (77) and total bases (160), fourth in RBI (69), fifth in batting average (.412) and sixth in doubles (25). Robinson was named a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
“I don't want to overshadow anything that (my teammates) have done. Obviously, guys around me are having fantastic years. One through nine, guys off the bench, our pitching staff, it's just been a tremendous year all around for everybody,” said Robinson after his team took batting practice at Jim Patterson Stadium Thursday.
U of L is the national three-seed and the top seed in the Louisville Regional. Morehead State is the four-seed.
“I knew wherever we went, we were going to play a really quality one-seed, but at the same time, being here in Louisville, it gives our fans a chance to come,” said MSU head baseball coach Mike McGuire.
Game time is set for 6pm Friday at Jim Patterson Stadium. 2-seed Michigan takes on 3-seed Bradley at 2pm.