March 7, 2013
GAME DAY INFORMATION: #5 Louisville Baseball vs. Alabama
Date: March 8-10, 2013
Times: 3 p.m. | 1 p.m. | 1 p.m.
Location: Louisville, Ky.
Venue: Jim Patterson Stadium (4,000)
Radio: News/Talk 1570 AM (WNDA)
Internet: CardsTV (Audio/Video) at GoCards.com
Live Stats: Gametracker at GoCards.com
Twitter Updates: @UofLBaseball
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The fifth-ranked Louisville baseball team hosts SEC foe Alabama for a three-game series starting on Friday at 3 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium.
The Cardinals and Crimson Tide will continue their series on Saturday at 1 p.m., before concluding the weekend on Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission is free for all three games. Live play-by-play throughout the weekend can be heard on News/Talk 1570 AM, while live video and audio for each game will be available to subscribers of CardsTV at GoCards.com. Live scoring will be available through the Gametracker feature at GoCards.com.
- Budweiser Buck Night: Draft Beer and small Pepsi products are only $1 each.
- Stadium Expansion Celebration: UofL will thank those donors and fans who helped with the stadium expansion project.
- Hard Hat Giveaway: Commemorative hard hat stress toy given to first 500 fans through the front gates.
- Cardinal Cap Day: Wear a UofL hat to the game, get a voucher for free 32 oz. tub of popcorn at main gate.
- Dr. Bizer's Family Fun Day: Hot Dogs are a $1 (until last out). Inflatable games and kids can run the bases after the game. Select student-athletes will sign autographs postgame on-field.
UofL: Jr. RHP Chad Green (2-1, 1.59 ERA)
UA: Sr. RHP Charley Sullivan (0-1, 4.20 ERA)
UofL: Jr. RHP Jeff Thompson (3-0, 1.02 ERA)
UA: So. LHP Jon Keller (2-1, 3.60 ERA)
UofL: So. RHP Jared Ruxer (0-0, 2.51 ERA)
UA: So. RHP Spencer Turnbull (0-1, 3.77 ERA)
- Louisville and Alabama have met 10 times previously with the Crimson Tide holding a 9-1 edge.
- This weekend will mark the first time the two programs have met outside of Tuscaloosa.
- Last season, the Cardinals dropped a 7-6 decision to the Tide at the DRASH Alabama Classic.
- Louisville earned a 9-0 win in the first ever meeting between the two schools on March 16, 1974.
Alabama enters the weekend having lost four of its last six after opening the season with six straight wins. On Tuesday night, the Crimson Tide dropped a 6-3 decision to rival Auburn in the annual Capital City Classic in Montgomery, Ala. UA committed three errors and allowed four unearned runs in the loss. Prior to that, the Tide lost two of three to visiting Tulane in a weekend series in Tuscaloosa on March 1-3.
LOUISVILLE NOTES AND TRENDS TO TRACK
- The Cardinals' pitching staff ranks seventh in the nation in ERA at 1.82.
- UofL leads the NCAA in stolen bases (50 in 62 attempts) and is paced by junior Adam Engel, who ranks third in the nation with 13.
- Junior Coco Johnson is sixth nationally in stolen bases with 10, while junior Ty Young is ninth with 9.
- Louisville has allowed only six stolen bases in nine attempts through the first 11 games this season.
- The Cardinals' top hitter entering the week is sophomore INF Sutton Whiting, who is hitting .500 with a team-high 12 RBI.
- UofL is 5-1 against righty starters and 4-1 against lefties this season.
- The Cards are 6-0 when scoring in the first inning.
- Louisville has a 19-3 edge in the first inning and a 28-4 advantage in the first two innings.
- UofL has finished with 10 or more hits in seven games this season, including three of the last four.
- Louisville scored eight or more runs in seven of its nine wins, including 10 or more in the last three wins.
- The Cardinals have allowed two or fewer earned runs in nine of 11 games so far in 2013.
LAST OUTING FOR THE CARDINALS
Louisville suffered its first home loss of the season and had its nine-game winning streak halted on Sunday at Jim Patterson Stadium with a 3-2 loss to Kent State. The Cardinals stranded a season-high 15 baserunners, including 11 in the final four innings as KSU salvaged the last game in the three-game series.
CARDINALS AGGRESSIVE ON THE BASES EARLY IN 2013
Through 11 games, Louisville leads the nation with 50 stolen bases (4.55 per game) in 62 attempts. Last season, the Cardinals had 96 stolen bases in 63 games, while the school record is 153 stolen bases in 71 games during the 2007 College World Series season. Adam Engel leads UofL with 13 steals (in 14 attempts), which ranks third nationally. Coco Johnson is second on the team and sixth in the nation with 10 stolen bases, while Ty Young is ninth nationally with nine swipes through 11 games.
GREEN CONSISTENT EARLY AS CARDINALS' FRIDAY STARTER
Having never made a regular season weekend start when the 2013 season opened, junior right-hander Chad Green has handled the role as the Cardinals' Friday starter impressively through the first three weekends. With a 2-1 record overall, Green has allowed only three earned runs in 17.0 innings for a strong 1.59 ERA. His best start of the early season came on Feb. 22 when he allowed only one hit and issued just one walk with three strikeouts in seven shutout innings against Akron.
THOMPSON FAST OUT OF THE GATE WITH THREE STRAIGHT WINS
Junior Jeff Thompson has been among the nation's best pitchers early in 2013 winning each of his first three starts while allowing only two earned runs in 17.2 innings. Along with that impressive 1.02 ERA, Thompson has 25 strikeouts and just six walks while opposing batters are hitting just .175 against the 6-6 righty. He set the tone in his first start of the season striking out a career best 12 in five shutout innings against USF. That was followed by six more scoreless innings in a win over Akron on Feb. 23.
RUXER LOOKING FOR FIRST DECISION DESPITE THREE SOLID STARTS
Reigning BIG EAST Rookie of the Year and Freshman All-America righty Jared Ruxer was impressive in 2012. Despite putting up even better numbers through his first three starts this season, Ruxer has been saddled with three no-decisions in 2013. Ruxer has not allowed more than two earned runs in any start so far and has 13 strikeouts in his 14.1 innings of work to go with his 2.51 ERA.
WHITING LEADS OFFENSE IN FIRST SEASON AS A STARTER
Entering 2013, sophomore infielder Sutton Whiting had never made a start and had only played in 20 games total. While being used as a pinch runner for most of his appearances as a freshman, Whiting was hitless in his only five at-bats. However, after a strong fall and even better preseason, Whiting earned the opening day start at shortstop and has been terrific ever since. As the Cards' leading hitter with a .500 average, Whiting has hit safely in nine of 11 games and leads UofL in RBI (12) and walks (7).
ENGEL SETS THE TABLE, PRESSURES DEFENSE FOR CARDINALS
After ranking among the top five nationally in stolen bases in 2012 with 37 in 39 attempts, junior outfielder and leadoff hitter Adam Engel has picked up where he left off early this season successfully swiping 13 bases in 14 attempts through the first 11 games. Entering the week ranked third in the nation overall, Engel matched a school record with four stolen bases in the Cardinals' win over Akron on Feb. 24. And having reached base safely in all 11 games, including hits in 10 of those, Engel is giving the Louisville offense the table-setter it needs so far in 2013.
BURDI BRINGS THE HEAT TO JIM PATTERSON STADIUM
Penciled in as the UofL closer entering the 2013 season, sophomore righty Nick Burdi was impressive in his first ever save situation. With the Cardinals holding a slim one-run lead over Akron on Feb. 24, Burdi entered from the Patterson Stadium bullpen and promptly delivered 11 straight strikes to earn his first career save. A native of Downers Grove, Ill., Burdi's first three pitches registered at 100 mph on the stadium radar gun making him the first pitcher in the history of the ballpark to reach triple digits. In three scoreless outings this season, Burdi has seven strikeouts in three innings pitched.
KIDSTON WINS TWICE, EARNS SAVE IN FIRST THREE CAREER OUTINGS
Freshman right-handed Anthony Kidston has been impressive and successful early in his Louisville career earning wins in each of his first two appearances on the mound and picking up a save in his third outing. Overall, Kidston is 2-0 with a save with 15 strikeouts and only one walk while not allowing a hit or a run in 7.2 innings of relief.
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