April 26, 2013
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Junior right-hander Chad Green pitched eight strong innings while junior outfielder Coco Johnson homered and had both RBI for the home team as the 11th-ranked Louisville baseball team earned a 2-1 series-opening win over Georgetown on Friday night at Jim Patterson Stadium.
With the win, the Cardinals improve to 31-10 overall and 9-4 in BIG EAST Conference games while the visiting Hoyas dropped to 23-16 on the season and 5-8 in league action. Louisville and Georgetown will continue the weekend series on Saturday at noon ET, one hour earlier than previously scheduled due to potential rain, while the weekend finale is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission is free throughout the weekend at Jim Patterson Stadium. Fans should note that due to the running of the annual Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/mini Marathon, there will be road closures around Jim Patterson Stadium on Saturday. Most notably, Third Street will be closed until noon ET.
Green (Effingham, Ill./Effingham HS) allowed only one run on three hits with five strikeouts in eight innings to earn the win and improve to 6-2 on the season. The eight innings matched a career-long outing for Green equaling his winning effort against Elon on April 14.
Johnson (Benton Harbor, Mich./Central Arizona) connected for a solo home in the second inning, his third bomb of the season, and wore an RBI hit-by-pitch in the third to plate senior first baseman Zak Wasserman (Stevensville, Mich./Lakeshore HS) for the Cardinals' two runs.
Georgetown first baseman Steve Anderson connected for his second home run of the season, a solo shot to right field to lead off the eighth inning, for the only run of the night for the Hoyas. Sophomore righty Nick Burdi (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South HS) followed by Green by striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning for his team-leading eighth save of the season.
After Johnson plated the first run of the night with his second inning home run, Wasserman started the third with a leadoff walk from Georgetown starter Jack Vander Linden. After moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore shortstop Sutton Whiting (New Wilmington, Pa./Louisville Ballard HS), Wasserman advanced to third after senior second baseman Nick Ratajczak (Joliet, Ill./Gulf Coast CC) was hit by a pitch and junior third baseman Ty Young (Coatesville, Pa./Malvern Prep) walked. Johnson was then hit by a 1-1 pitch from Vander Linden to score Wasserman for the eventual game-winner.
Vander Linden took the loss and dropped to 3-3 overall after allowing two runs on just one hit in three innings pitched. At the plate, Anderson was 2-for-3 with the home run.
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Postgame Louisville Notes
- With Friday's win, Louisville improved to 24-5 at home this season and 204-75 (.731 winning percentage) all-time at Jim Patterson Stadium since it opened in 2005.
- The three hits for the Cardinals were a season low.
- Louisville won for the fourth in nine games this season when being out-hit by its opponent.
- Chad Green's second eight-inning outing of the season marked the fourth time a Louisville pitcher has pitched eight innings in 2013.
- With his two RBI on Friday, Coco Johnson earned his eighth multiple RBI game of the season, which ranks second on the Cardinals.
- Johnson has reached base safely in 16 straight games, the second longest streak of the season for a Cardinal.
- Louisville, which entered the weekend ranked sixth in the nation in stolen bases, added two on Friday to increase the season total to 104.
- The Cardinals played error-free baseball for the 11th time this season.
- UofL improved to 27-0 this season when leading after eight innings.
- Louisville won for just the third time in seven tries this season when scoring two runs.