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Wolf makes impression in freshman season with Cards

By MICHAEL GRECO • Jun 18, 2016 at 6:00 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Adam Wolf admits pitching to Division I college hitters was an adjustment.

“They’re incredible hitters,’’ the Edison graduate said. “If I miss a spot, the ball can still get hammered.’’

Wolf, a left-handed pitcher for the Louisville Cardinals, didn’t make too many mistakes in the 2016 season.

He finished with a 1.38 ERA out of the bullpen.

Wolf, who just completed his freshman season, appeared in 15 games.

He pitched 13 innings, allowing just two earned runs on 13 hits with four walks and 14 strikeouts.

With the Chargers, Wolf was used as a starter.

He enjoys the new role, though.

“It took a little bit of an adjustment, but I really enjoyed it,’’ he said. “We had four starters with nine or more wins.

“It’s kind of like a mindset,’’ he added. “You have to be ready at anytime. I do what I can to help the team.’’

Wolf, an all-Ohio pitcher in high school, gave up an earned run against The University of Virginia on March 25 and another at Kentucky April 13.

“My fastball was about 90 to 93,’’ he said. “My slider was good and I got a lot from change-up.’’

The Cardinals (50-14), as the No. 2 seed, saw their season end when 13th ranked UC Santa Barbara claimed a 4-3 win on a walk-off grand slam in Game 2 of the NCAA Super Regional at Jim Patterson Stadium Sunday.

They won a second straight ACC Atlantic Division championship, advanced to a fourth straight NCAA Super Regional and reached the 50-win plateau for the fourth time in school history.

Louisville had eight players drafted, including three in the first round and seven in the top four rounds.

Aside from baseball, Wolf was afforded a unique opportunity.

He was given Muhammad Ali’s number as part of Louisville’s athletic fundraising to call to thank on behalf of the baseball program last fall.

“I had a nice conversation with Mrs. Ali,’’ Wolf said.

Muhammad and Lonnie Ali often attended Louisville baseball games and even set up a scholarship this year to benefit the team. Their son Asaad played on the team from 2009 to 12.

The team met with Lonnie Ali prior to the June 10 memorial services for Muhammed Ali in Louisville. He died June 3 in Arizona.

“It’s awesome to be able to go into their home and comfort her and their son,’’ Wolf said.

As far next season, Wolf’s role is to be determined.

He is pitching for the Newport (RI) Gulls, a wooden bat, summer collegiate baseball team, of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. The league was founded in 1993.

The league starts its summer season in early June and plays an eight-week 42 game per team schedule.

The league championship is determined by a playoff in early August. Each year top players are scouted and selected in the MLB Draft.

“There are players from all over the country in this league,’’ Wolf said. “Coaches assign underclassmen teams to play on. I’m pretty sure I’ll throw right away. I’m excited for the summer.’’

When he returns to Louisville, there’s fall ball and getting ready for the 2017 season.

“I’m happy how things have gone,’’ Wolf said. “My main focus is to improve on this year and come back stronger.’’

But Wolf wasn’t the one member of his family to have success on the diamond this season.

Sister Lauren was on Edison’s Division III state semifinal team.


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