Lefthander Josh Rogers will on the mound when the University of Louisville baseball team squares off against Clemson at 7 p.m. Monday. The game will be telecast on ESPNU.
Rogers, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound sophomore from New Albany, has a 7-1 won-lost record and an earned run average of 2.97. He is facing righthander Jake Long, a former starter back in the rotation, with a 1-1 record and a 1.74 earned run average.
The series is tied at 1-1 after UofL’s Corey Ray and Zach Lucas came through with home runs in the seventh inning Sunday to propel the Cardinals to a 5-3 win.
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I wondered how the ESPN3.com folks could have credited reliever Zach Burdi with an incredible 0.00 earned run average Sunday. Just last week Kevin Jordon of Wake Forest had blasted Burdi for a three-run home run.
A check of the UofL baseball stats indicates that Burdi actually has a 1.10 ERA as of Monday.
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As if UofL baseball needed any more pressure down the stretch, the Cardinals are ranked No. 2 in the nation by D1 Baseball, behind LSU and ahead of UCLA. The highest ranking ever for the program. Now if only the bats could catch up with the pitching …