Louisville hosts rival Kentucky Tuesday

Dan McDonnell

A top 25 match-up is set for Patterson Stadium, as the 9th-ranked Cardinals welcome No.19 Kentucky

Fresh off a series sweep at top 10 Houston over the weekend, the University of Louisville returns home to host rival Kentucky at Jim Patterson Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The 9th-ranked Cardinals received great pitching to overcome the Cougars and will need that trend to continue when the No. 19 Wildcats visit.

Kentucky's .314 team batting average ranks 7th in the nation.

Freshman lefty Josh Rogers will take the mound for the Cardinals for the 6:00 p.m. contest. Rogers, a product of New Albany (Ind.) High School, has made five career appearances, including three starts.

Rogers made the start against Kentucky on April, allowing 5 earned runs in the 8-3 loss in Lexington. He's allowed just 3 earned runs in his other four appearances.

"Josh has been good and I think his one outing at Kentucky was his worst outing, but he's had three career starts in Division I baseball and two of three were good," said U of L head coach Dan McDonnell. "You just feel like the more he gets out there, the more experience and confidence will grow. We just want him to attack the strike zone."

With both programs in the top 25, the game does have post season implications. A Kentucky sweep could help solidify the Wildcats as a Regional host, while a Louisville win would give the Cardinals the edge.

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