Pastels prevail at Jim Patterson (Click to Enlarge).
Pastels prevailed Tuesday at Jim Patterson (Click to Enlarge).

Jim Patterson Stadium has always provided the perfect setting for watching University of Louisville baseball, along with a lot of wins and a growing tradition over the years.

The observer discovered another reason to be there Tuesday, following a week of a non-stop fight with the enormous army of pollens that make the Louisville area the worst among American cities for allergy problems.

You see, at Jim Patterson, there are no blooming trees, no flowering plants, no freshly mowed grass or blowing dandelion seeds. Just beautiful synthetic turf as far as the eye can see.

No sneezing, no itchy nose, no deep-throated coughing — at least for three hours at Third and Central. What a relief.

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Also a great day at the ballpark for Josh Rogers, a left handed freshman pitcher from New Albany, who won his first game at Louisville in a 3-1 win over Western Kentucky University.

Josh Rogers
Josh Rogers

Rogers, it should be noted, was selected by Dan McDonnell as the starter in both games against the University of Kentucky this season — the losing pitcher in both games.

McDonnell knowing Rogers has great potential, continuing to develop the freshman.

Rogers would go seven innings Tuesday, rare for a college pitcher these days, while allowing up three hits and striking out five batters.

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UofL faces Morehead State at 6 p.m. Wednesday if you need a respite from nature’s toxins.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.