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Cards get game 1; Fan support is all in the family

A huge crowd turned out to see the Cards beat a talented Morehead State team 7-2 at Jim Patterson Stadium. (Source: WAVE 3 News) A huge crowd turned out to see the Cards beat a talented Morehead State team 7-2 at Jim Patterson Stadium. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Austin Blake (Source: WAVE 3 News) Austin Blake (Source: WAVE 3 News)
David Blake (Source: WAVE 3 News) David Blake (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Suzanne Blake (Source: WAVE 3 News) Suzanne Blake (Source: WAVE 3 News)
UofL head baseball coach Dan McDonnell taught the Blake boys at summer camp. (Source: The Blake Family) UofL head baseball coach Dan McDonnell taught the Blake boys at summer camp. (Source: The Blake Family)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Friday proved to be a nice start for the University of Louisville Cardinal baseball team as they again began playing for another shot at the College World Series.

A huge crowd turned out to see the Cards beat a talented Morehead State team 7-2 at Jim Patterson Stadium. It's a hot ticket when they're the #3 overall seed in the NCAA tourney and again are hosting a regional.

The team is trying to make it to the College World Series for the third time in a row.

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The UofL baseball program has been soaring in a few short years thanks to head coach Dan McDonnell and his star staff.

For many fans, Louisville baseball has become a family affair.

The Blake family has the sport in their blood. Their great grandfather, William Blake, played for the Louisville Colonels minor league team in the early 1900s.

Austin Blake is the Card's student team manager. His younger brother, Aaron Blake, is a pitcher for St .X High School.

The Blake family has a lot of love for McDonnell.

"My boys got involved with him in his first year here," said Austin and Aaron's father, David Blake.

It all began with summer youth camps with Coach McDonnell, a man they admire and respect for passing along a great work ethic.

David Blake said of son Austin, "He puts in a lot of hours for Coach McDonnell and the baseball team, but they reward him greatly. He (Austin) got to go to the College World Series last year."

"Oh it is awesome!" Austin's mother, Suzanne Blake, said of her son's role on the team, "I mean, he is so excited and last year when they made it to regional's, he sent me a text of a ring."

Austin said, "I came here to camp when I was little and now coming here and working for Coach Mac you know, it's always been my dream to be a Division 1 baseball coach. You've gotta start low and work your way up and learning from him (McDonnell) you're learning from the best."

McDonnell and the Cards proved it in Game 1, going up early on OVC champs Morehead State and getting out of the 7th when the Eagles had bases loaded.

Next up the Cards will take on Michigan Saturday at 4 p.m.

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