June 11, 2007
OMAHA, Neb. - University of Louisville freshmen pitcher Justin Marks was named to the inaugural Ping!Baseball Freshman Team while third baseman Chris Dominguez earned an honorable mention. The rosters were selected by the Ping!Baseball staff.
Marks, a left-handed pitcher from Owensboro, Ky., (Owensboro Catholic) was recently named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team chosen by Collegiate Baseball. His post-season resume also includes 2007 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, and Second Team All-BIG EAST honors. He has been instrumental in Louisville's record-setting 46-22 season and its first NCAA College World Series appearance.
Marks is currently 8-2 with a 2.54 ERA in 17 starts, jumping into the weekend rotation as a freshman. He has struck out 88 in 99.1 innings pitched and has limited opponents to a stingy .188 batting average to lead the BIG EAST. Marks picked up the NCAA Regional-clinching win over Missouri with three innings out of the bullpen, pitching on one day's rest.
The 17 starts is tied for second in Cardinal single season history. He is 6th in innings, tied for eighth in K's and tied for fifth in wins.
Dominguez, a redshirt freshman third baseman from Miami, Fla., was the NCAA Columbia Regional MVP after batting .421 (8 for 19) with two doubles, a triple, four home runs and 11 RBI. He carries a .262 batting average, has hit 19 doubles and is third on the team with 12 home runs, including a grand slam in the Regional clinching win over Missouri. He has batted .313 during the postseason with five home runs and 15 RBI in 12 games.
The No. 21-ranked Cardinals won the Louisville Super Regional series against No. 14 Oklahoma State clinched a berth into the College World Series in Omaha, for the first time in school history. Louisville and the top-ranked Rice Owls will open up the 2007 College World Series when the two teams meet at 2 p.m. (Eastern) on Friday at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2. The winner of Friday's two games will meet at 7 p.m. on Sunday, while the losers from Friday will play an elimination game on Sunday at 2 p.m.