LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Just seven days before the start of the Louisville baseball season, Effingham graduate and Cardinal pitcher Chad Green had no idea where he would appear in coach Dan McDonell’s rotation.
As a sophomore, Green was used primarily as a spot starter, building an impressive 5-0 record with a 2.70 ERA. Coming off of that, he figured he would likely crack the rotation.
“I didn’t know officially until a week before the season,” Green said. “I knew I was going to be a starter, but I didn’t know where it was going to be.”
Then McDonell gave him quite the humbling honor, as Green was penciled in as the starter for the Cardinals’ opener against Indiana on Feb. 15.
“I guess you could call it the one spot,” Green said. “It doesn’t really matter, I’m pitching on the weekend, the Friday role. It’s a great honor, especially with all the good arms we have. We have so many guys that can throw.”
Green suffered a loss in the opening game of the season against the Hoosiers, but has rebounded well from there. The strong-armed junior pitched seven innings against Akron one week later, allowing just one hit while striking out three Zips in a 7-0 shutout that gave him his first win of the season.
The nod of confidence carried over into his next few outings, as Green picked up a win in Lousville’s 14-2 victory over Kent State on March 1. Green picked up his third win of the year against the Musketeers of Xavier on March 15, again pitching deep into the game. The slinger was relieved after seven innings, striking out four batters as Louisville won comfortably, 6-1.
The most important aspect to his game, Green says, is the ability to dig deep and last well into the later innings.