Xavier Visits No. 4 Baseball for Weekend Series :: Cardinals and Musketeers scheduled for Friday (3 p.m., ET), Saturday (1 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) Xavier Visits No. 4 Baseball for Weekend Series

March 14, 2013

GAME DAY INFORMATION: #4 Louisville Baseball vs. Xavier

Date: March 15-17, 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)
TV: None
Internet: CardsTV (Audio/Video) at GoCards.com
Live Stats: Gametracker at GoCards.com
Twitter Updates: @UofLBaseball

Friday, 3 p.m. ET CardsTV Listen / Watch Gametracker
Saturday, 1 p.m. ET CardsTV Listen / Watch Gametracker
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET CardsTV Listen / Watch Gametracker

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The fourth-ranked Louisville baseball team will host its final non-conference weekend series of the season when Xavier visits Jim Patterson Stadium for three games starting with Friday's opener at 3 p.m., ET.

The Cardinals and Musketeers are also slated to play Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., each day and admission is free throughout the weekend. Live play-by-play can be heard on News/Talk 1570 AM, while live video and audio will be available to subscribers of CardsTV at GoCards.com. Live scoring will be provided through the Gametracker feature at GoCards.com.

WEEKEND PROMOTIONS
Friday
- Budweiser Buck Night: Draft Beer and small Pepsi products are only $1 each.

Saturday
- BBQ on the Berm: Hamburgers are $3, 16 oz. canned beer is only $2 in left field outfield berm
- Cardinal Cap Day: Wear a UofL hat to the game, get a voucher for free 32 oz. tub of popcorn at main gate.

Sunday - 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

PITCHING MATCHUPS
Friday
UofL: Jr. RHP Chad Green (2-1, 1.12 ERA)
XU: Sr. LHP Jon Richard (2-1, 3.60 ERA)

Saturday
UofL: Jr. RHP Jeff Thompson (4-0, 0.73 ERA)
XU: So. LHP Alex Westrick (1-2, 2.33 ERA)

Sunday
UofL: So. RHP Jared Ruxer (0-0, 2.95 ERA)
XU: Sr. RHP Tyler Koors (1-2, 3.86 ERA)

SERIES OVERVIEW
- Louisville and Xavier have met 47 times previously with Cardinals holding a 28-19 edge overall.
- UofL owns an 18-11 advantage all-time in games played in Louisville.
- The Musketeers have won two of the last three overall after earning a series win over the Cardinals in 2011.
- Entering the weekend, 10 straight games in the series have been played in Louisville with the Cardinals winning six of those.

ABOUT XAVIER
Xavier enters the weekend at 6-8 overall after a 1-0 win over Bryant on Tuesday. Prior to that, the Musketeers won two of three at MTSU last weekend. Last season, Xavier was 28-28 overall and finished seventh in the Atlantic 10 with a 13-11 mark. The Musketeers did not qualify for the A10 Championship.

LOUISVILLE NOTES AND TRENDS TO TRACK
- The Cardinals' entered the week ranked third in the nation in ERA, which sits at 1.66 after Wednesday.
- Ranked third in the nation in strikeouts per 9 innings pitched at 9.8 to start the week, UofL pitchers had 12 strikeouts against Purdue.
- After entering the week leading the nation in stolen bases per game at 4.21 per contest, the Cardinals swipped four more on Wednesday against Purdue.
- The UofL running attack is paced by junior Adam Engel, who ranks 2nd nationally with 21 in 22 attempts.
- Louisville has allowed only nine stolen bases in 14 attempts through the first 15 games this season.
- The Cardinals' 13-2 start is their second best 15-game record under the direction of seventh year head coach Dan McDonnell trailing only the 14-1 start by the 2010 team, which went on to a school record 50 wins.
- UofL is 8-1 against righty starters and 5-1 against lefties this season.
- The Cards are 8-0 when scoring in the first inning and have a 22-3 scoring edge in the first this season.
- UofL has finished with 10 or more hits in nine games this season, including five of the last eight.
- The Cardinals have allowed two or fewer earned runs in 12 of 15 games so far in 2013.

LAST OUTING FOR THE CARDINALS
Anthony Kidston made the most of his initial opportunity to begin a Louisville game with the ball in his hand, firing 5.1 strong innings Wednesday in a 3-1 victory over Purdue in a mid-week contest at Jim Patterson Stadium.

CARDINALS AGGRESSIVE ON THE BASES EARLY IN 2013
Entering the week, Louisville led the nation in stolen bases per game at 4.21 while ranking second in overall stolen bases with 59 in 73 attempts. They improved that number to 63 of 78 in Wednesday's win over Purdue. 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 second in the nation with 21 steals, Adam Engel leads four Cardinals ranked in the top 30 nationally in stolen bases.

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 four weekends. With a 2-1 record overall, Green has allowed only three earned runs in 24.0 innings for a strong 1.12 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 FOUR STRAIGHT WINS
Junior Jeff Thompson has been among the nation's best pitchers early in 2013 winning each of his first four starts while allowing only two earned runs in 24.2 innings. Along with that impressive 0.73 ERA, Thompson has 29 strikeouts and just eight walks while opposing batters are hitting just .155 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. Most recently, he allowed only two hits in seven shutout innings against Alabama.

RUXER LOOKS FOR FIRST DECISION DESPITE SOLID OPENING STRETCH
Reigning BIG EAST Rookie of the Year and Freshman All-America righty Jared Ruxer was impressive in 2012. Despite putting up very similar numbers through his first four starts this season, Ruxer has been saddled with four no-decisions in 2013. Ruxer has not allowed more than two earned runs in any start so far and has 16 strikeouts in his 18.1 innings of work to go with a 2.95 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' second leading hitter with a .426 average, Whiting has hit safely in 12 of 15 games and leads UofL in RBI (14) and walks (9).

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 21 bases in 22 attempts through the first 15 games. Entering the week ranked second 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 15 games, including hits in 14 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 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. 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 six scoreless outings this season, Burdi has 18 strikeouts in seven innings pitched to go with two saves.

KIDSTON EARNS THREE 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 another win in his first ever start on March 13. Overall, Kidston is 3-0 with a save, a 0.56 ERA, 26 strikeouts and only five walks while allowing only four hits in 16.0 innings of work.

THOMPSON NAMED BIG EAST PITCHER OF THE WEEK TWICE IN 2013
Right-hander Jeff Thompson has been named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week two times during the first four weeks of the season with the first coming on Feb. 18 and the most recent on March 11. The first honor came following his dominant performance in the Cardinals' win over USF on Feb. 16. Thompson struck out a career best 12 batters while allowing just four hits in five innings en route to a 10-1 win for UofL over USF. The 2012 All-BIG EAST pick also set a BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge record for single-game strikeouts. The second honor came after he allowed only two hits and struck out four in seven shutout innings in leading Louisville to a 6-0 series-clinching win over Alabama on March 9.

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