Monday, June 7, 2010

Tonight's starting pitchers are...

by SID

Sophomore southpaw Grayson Garvin will get the ball at the start of tonight's game against Louisville.

Garvin pitched 4.1 innings of relief against Illinois State in the opening game of the NCAA regional on June 4. He allowed one run on four hits with six strikeouts and a walk and threw 73 pitches in the Commodores 8-7 win in 13 innings.

Garvin missed the first month of the season due to injury and has come along nicely in his sophomore campaign. He has made 11 appearances, including one start against Austin Peay on April 27. He held the Govs scoreless on four hits in five innings of work with four strikeouts and a walk.

On the season he is 1-1 with a 1.33 ERA with 32 strikeouts and eight walks in 27.0 innings.

Because of his long relief outing on Friday, it's likely Garvin will be on some sort of pitch count. Every other active pitcher besides Jack Armstrong and Richie Goodenow is likely an option out of the bullpen as the season is on the line tonight for both team's.

Louisville will go with ace right-hander Thomas Royce, a third-team Collegiate Baseball All-American. He is 9-1 with a 2.91 ERA with 94 strikeouts and 25 walks in 99.0 innings.

Royse will be making his 16th start of the year and the first since facing West Virginia on May 26. He gave up four runs on seven hits in six innings with six strikeouts and no walks in an 11-4 win. He has not had a decision in his last four starts.

Ideally the Cardinals would have used him earlier, but an unknown ailment has kept him out thus far in the regional.

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