April 25, 2013
GAME DAY INFO: #11 Louisville (30-10, 8-4 BIG EAST) vs. Georgetown (23-15, 5-7 BIG EAST)
Date: April 26-28, 2013
Times: 6 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 11th-ranked Louisville baseball team continues its five-game homestand with a three-game BIG EAST Conference series against Georgetown starting Friday at 6 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium.
The series will continue on Saturday at 1 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m., and admission is free throughout the weekend. Live play-by-play of the series 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 on the baseball schedule page at GoCards.com.
- Budweiser Buck Night: Draft Beer and small Pepsi products are only $1 each.
- Louisville Legends Game: Recognizing Louisville's baseball history.
- Trading Cards #4: First 150 fans receive fourth set of baseball trading cards.
- BBQ on the Berm: Hamburgers are $3, 16 oz. canned beer is only $2 in left field outfield berm.
- UofL Green Weekend: Will recognize and honor green initiatives on campus.
- 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
SATURDAY ROAD CLOSURES
- 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 approximately noon ET.
UofL: Jr. RHP Chad Green (5-2, 2.25 ERA)
GU: So. RHP Jack Vander Linden (3-2, 3.15 ERA)
UofL: Jr. RHP Jeff Thompson (6-1, 1.76 ERA)
GU: Sr. LHP Thomas Polus (2-5, 5.44 ERA)
UofL: Fr. RHP Anthony Kidston (5-0, 1.37 ERA)
GU: Fr. RHP Matt Smith (3-0, 2.56 ERA)
- The Cardinals hold a 14-4 lead in the all-time series with Georgetown. The Cardinals also hold a 5-1 edge in games played in Louisville.
- Last season, UofL won two of three against the Hoyas at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Md.
- The Cardinals had won six straight over GU prior to the Hoyas earning a 6-3 victory in the weekend finale last season.
- The Louisville-Georgetown series dates back to 2006, the Cardinals' first season in the BIG EAST.
Georgetown enters the weekend at 23-15 overall after earning a 13-6 midweek win over Coppin State on Wednesday. The Hoyas are 5-7 in BIG EAST Conference play and stand eighth in the league standings after dropping two of three at Seton Hall last weekend. Last season, Georgetown was 24-29 overall and tied for eighth in the BIG EAST with a 10-17 mark.
LOUISVILLE NOTES AND TRENDS TO TRACK
- With only four weekends left in the regular season, Louisville sits in third place in the BIG EAST race with an 8-4 mark, two games behind front-running USF.
- The Cardinals' 30-10 mark is the second best record through 40 games in school history trailing only the 33-7 effort of the 2010 team, which set school records for regular season wins (46) and total wins (50).
- Ranked among the nation's best pitching staffs entering the weekend, Louisville is 12th in ERA at 2.60 and first in strikeouts per nine innings with 9.4.
- The Cards are sixth in the nation in stolen bases with 102. Adam Engel paces the UofL running attack with 31 steals (fifth nationally) in 39 attempts.
- Louisville has allowed only 27 stolen bases in 44 attempts so far this season.
- UofL is 21-4 against righty starters while only 9-6 against lefties this season.
- The Cards are 23-5 when scoring first, including 15-2 when scoring in the first inning.
- The Cardinals have allowed two or fewer earned runs in 22 of 40 games this season.
- Louisville is 26-0 this season when leading after the eighth inning.
- Nick Ratajczak is the third toughest player in the nation to strike out doing so once for every 22.3 at-bats.
- Coco Johnson has reached base safely in 15 straight games.
- Louisville ranks fifth in the hit-by-pitch with 83, while Coco Johnson (14th nationally with 15 HBPs) and Nick Ratajczak (28th with 14) lead the way.
- Anthony Kidston is fifth in the NCAA in hits allowed per 9 IP (4.7), 20th in strikeouts per 9 IP (10.57) and 24th in ERA (1.37).
LOUISVILLE OUTSIDE TOP 10 FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2013
The Cardinals enter week 11 of the baseball season tabbed as high as No. 11 and no lower than 13th in the five major national polls. UofL, ranked in at least one national poll for 25 straight weeks in the regular season dating back to the 2012 preseason, is 11th in the Perfect Game Top 25, 12th in the Baseball America, NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball newspaper polls and 13th in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll. This week marks the first time this season the Cards, who went 2-2 last week, have been ranked outside the top 10 all five major polls.
BURDI INVITED TO USA BASEBALL COLLEGIATE NATIONAL TEAM
Sophomore righty Nick Burdi has been selected for the 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team as announced on April 24. A native of Downers Grove, Ill., Burdi leads the Cardinals' in saves with seven to go with a 0.89 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 16 relief appearances and 20.1 innings pitched this season. Opposing batters are hitting just .178 against the hard-throwing Burdi, who has a 2-2 record overall on the mound. Burdi is the sixth UofL player to earn an invitation to the USA Collegiate National Team. Previous Cardinals to participate in the selection process for Team USA include Ryan Wright (2010), Phil Wunderlich (2009), Tony Zych (2009), Justin Marks (2008) and Mark Jurich (2002). Training for the team is set for June 21-July 2 in Cary, N.C., at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. Team USA will travel to Japan from July 6-11 and is also scheduled to play Cuba from July 18-23 in the U.S.
GARDNER CHOSEN BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK ON APRIL 22
Junior Jeff Gardner was selected as BIG EAST Player of the Week on April 22 following his outstanding work at the plate for the Cardinals. Gardner hit .692 (9-for-13) with two home runs, three doubles, six RBI and three runs scored in four games during the week of April 15-21. His best game came on April 16 when he was 4-for-4 with a home run, two doubles, four RBI and two runs scored to lead Louisville to a 12-5 road win over then-No. 15 Kentucky.
YOUNG LEADS THE WAY FOR THE CARDINALS' OFFENSE
The Cardinals' top hitter in 2012, junior infielder Ty Young is pacing the Louisville offensive attack in five major hitting categories in 2013 -- hitting (.386), home runs (3) RBI (42), on-base percentage (.461) and triples (5) while ranking second in stolen bases (18-of-22) and slugging (.566). A Third Team All-BIG EAST selection last season, Young has started all 40 games in 2013 with 38 of those at third base.
LOUISVILLE STAYS AGGRESSIVE ON THE BASES IN 2013
In week 11 of the season, Louisville has surpassed last season's stolen bases total while remaining among the nation's best in that category ranking sixth with 102 in 135 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. Ranking fifth nationally, Adam Engel leads four Cardinals with 11 or more in stolen bases with 31 steals in 39 tries.
THREE BAGS AND A CLOUD OF DUST FOR THE CARDINALS
With their 20th triple of the season on April 13, the Cardinals (who rank fifth in the NCAA in triples) have already surpassed last season's total of 18 three-baggers. Five players have at least two triples this season with Ty Young leading the way with five, which ranks seventh in the nation overall. Louisville's highest triple total in any of Dan McDonnell's previous six seasons as head coach was 19 in 2009, while the lowest total was just nine in 2010. The school record for triples is 34 set in the 1980 and 1992 seasons.
LOUISVILLE ONE AWAY FROM MATCHING SCHOOL SHUTOUT RECORD
With last their 4-0 win over Elon on April 14, the Cardinals moved within one game of matching the school record for shutouts in a season after claiming their sixth of 2013. The 2007 College World Series squad holds the UofL record for shutouts earning seven en route to advancing to Omaha. Overall, Louisville has 30 shutout wins under the direction of seventh year head coach Dan McDonnell -- four in 2012, six in 2011, five in 2010, one each in 2009 and 2008 and the school record of seven in 2007.
THOMPSON STARTS FAST WITH FIVE STRAIGHT WINS & SIX OVERALL
Junior Jeff Thompson has been among the nation's best pitchers in 2013 with a 6-1 record through 10 starts while allowing only 12 earned runs in 61.1 innings. Along with the 1.76 ERA, Thompson has 63 strikeouts and just 22 walks while opposing batters are hitting just .180 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. Over the course of four straight starts, Thompson had a career best stretch of 28.0 shutout innings from March 9 to March 29.
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 solidly through the first 10 weekends. With a 5-2 record overall, Green has a 2.25 ERA and 38 strikeouts to only 11 walks in 60.0 innings pitched. Arguably 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.
KIDSTON EARNS FIVE WINS AND A SAVE TO OPEN COLLEGE CAREER
Freshman righty Anthony Kidston has been impressive and successful early in his UofL career earning wins in each of his first two appearances on the mound, picking up a save in his third outing and adding three more wins in his first four starts. Overall, Kidston is 5-0 with a save, a 1.37 ERA and 54 strikeouts while allowing only 24 hits in 46.0 innings of work. His best start of the season came on April 14 when he matched a school record with seven strikeouts while working a career best eight shutout innings to earn the win against visiting Elon.
BURDI BRINGS HEAT TO JIM PATTERSON STADIUM
Penciled in as the closer entering the 2013 season, sophomore righty Nick Burdi was impressive in his first ever save situation. With the Cards holding a 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. His 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 16 outings (20.1 innings pitched) this season, Burdi is 2-2 with seven saves and a 0.89 ERA to go with 41 strikeouts (of his 61 total outs; 67.2 percent of outs by strikeout).
WHITING HELPS PACE 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 outstanding since. As one of the Cards' top hitters with a .333 average, Whiting has chipped in with 22 RBI and 15 stolen bases while hitting in the No. 9 spot in the lineup.
FUNKHOUSER OPENS WITH NO EARNED RUNS IN FIRST 21.1 INNINGS
Freshman right-hander Kyle Funkhouser started his collegiate career in highly impressive fashion allowing no earned runs in his first 21.1 innings overall. Earning a win in his first career start with 5.2 innings of quality baseball against USC on March 20, Funkhouser has a 2-1 record overall with a 1.93 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 28.0 innings of work so far.
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