Pressure has never seemed to bother Chad Green.

Starting his first conference game ever  for the University of Louisville Wednesday, just the opening game of the Big East Conference baseball tournament. No problem, the sophomore righthander allowing Pittsburgh only one run and four hits in five innings. Chalking up with fifth win without a loss this season.

With the 8-4 win, U of L advances to the second round Thursday at 8 p.m. against UConn. Green is 5-0 now, with capable relief coming from Travis Tingle and Cole Sturgeon (again, with his fourth save). 

Sturgeon, who also plays left field, also contributed three hits, only to be outdone by shortstop Alex Chittenden who went four-for-four. Adam Engel and Kyle Gibson with two hits each, Gibson’s second pushing across an insurance run in the eighth.

Big East Pitcher of the Year Amlung will get the call next. One would hope Amlung is over whatever was ailing him last week. Should be thankful for an extra day of rest, courtesy of Chad Green.

Charlie Springer

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