April 23, 2012
GAME DAY INFORMATION: #20 Louisville vs. #1 Kentucky
Date: April 24, 2012
Location: Jim Patterson Stadium | Louisville, Ky.
Radio: News/Talk 1570 AM (WNDA) in Louisville
Internet: CardsTV (Audio/Video) at UofLsports.com
Louisville Baseball Game Notes
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The 20th-ranked Louisville baseball team will host No. 1 Kentucky on Tuesday at 6 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium in the second and final regular-season matchup between the two long-time rivals.
Live play-by-play of the game can be heard on News/Talk 1570 AM (WNDA). Live video as well as live audio will be available to subscribers of CardsTV online at UofLsports.com. Live scoring will be available through the Gametracker feature on the baseball schedule page at UofLsports.com.
The Battle of the Bluegrass is a ticketed event. General admission tickets are available in the berm outfield seating area for $5 each and can be purchased at the gates. Chairback seats are sold out. Gates at Jim Patterson Stadium as well as the Jim Patterson Stadium Ticket Office will open two hours prior to first pitch at 4 p.m. ET.
Fans Should Wear Their Red
U of L fans are encouraged to join in a "Red Out" by wearing red Louisville gear to the ballpark. The game is also a T-Shirt Tuesday as the first 150 fans through the gates will receive a free red out t-shirt courtesy of Dr. Bizer's Vision World and hot dogs will be only $1 each for Buckhead Dollar Dog Day.
About the Matchup
The Cardinals, who earned a 12-0 victory in Lexington in the first installment of this season's Battle of the Bluegrass on April 10, enters the week at 28-12 overall after winning two of three at USF last weekend in Tampa, Fla. The Wildcats are 35-6 on the season after earning a weekend series win over LSU.
Louisville is expected to start sophomore right-hander Chad Green (Effingham, Ill./Effingham HS) on the mound, while Kentucky will go with freshman lefty Sam Mahar. Green is 2-0 with a 1.99 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 22.2 innings pitched this season, while Mahar is 3-1 with a 1.71 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 26.1 innings. Tuesday will be the first start of the season for Green and just the second for Mahar. Overall, the Cardinals have a team ERA of 3.26 and 336 strikeouts, while the Wildcats have a 3.49 ERA and 335 strikeouts.
Offensively, Louisville is hitting .313 as a team and is led by sophomore infielder Ty Young (Coatesville, Ky./Malvern Prep) at .364 to go with five home runs and 30 RBI. Sophomore outfielder Cole Sturgeon (Owensboro, Ky./Owensboro Catholic HS) is hitting .343 with 29 RBI, while junior second baseman Nick Ratajczak (Joliet, Ill./Gulf Coast CC) is hitting .340 overall and leads the team with 43 runs scored. Senior first baseman/outfielder Stewart Ijames (Owensboro, Ky./Owensboro Catholic HS) leads Louisville with 10 home runs and 45 RBI.
For Kentucky, which is hitting .316 as a team, outfielder Austin Cousino leads the way with a .351 average to go with seven home runs and 30 RBI. Catcher and first baseman Luke Maile leads the Wildcats, who lead the all-time series with U of L 58-33-1, with 11 home runs and 41 RBI while hitting .331.
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