Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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March 30, 2013

Effingham standout given the "Green" light for Louisville

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Coming off a 6-2 defeat at the hands of Rutgers last Friday, Green needed that mental toughness to overcome an outing where he allowed five runs in five and two-third innings.

“I think I started out solid,” he said, when asked about his thoughts on the year. “I had a rough week against Rutgers, but I think it’s been consistent for the most part.”

This consistency has helped Green earn the constant confidence of his coaching staff and teammates, with Green currently boasting a record of 4-2 after Thursday’s win over No. 15 Notre Dame. Having already pitched 41 and two third innings, Louisville (20-5) will likely rely heavily on his right arm as the 10th-ranked Cardinals prepare for the heart of their Big East schedule.

“I think we need to win every series, sweep every one we can,” Green said. “We want to win the conference outright, play consistent baseball from here on out.”

Sitting at 2-2 in conference play, the Big East conference slate is just getting underway, allowing Green plenty more chances to take the mound. It’s hard to imagine that Green didn’t even know where he would start the year just six weeks ago, but with two months remaining, Lousville is looking to ride its No. 1 pitcher as far as they can, and Green’s fine with that.

Braden Layer can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 123, or at braden.layer@effinghamdailynews.com

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