Friday, March 11, 2005

Let's Geaux, Harvard: Opener won't be quite so Ard-uous

Harvard will miss Louisiana-Lafayette ace Kevin Ardoin when it faces the No. 19 Cajuns Friday in Minnesota. According to the team's game notes, rookie righthander Buddy Glass will get the ball against the Crimson. While the Cajuns' staff is pretty deep throughout--national-level pitching talent has apparently been the hallmark of Coach Tony Robichaux's programs here and at his last gig, McNeese State--facing Glass is something of a reprieve considering he has pitched a grand total of 9.2 innings at the college level.

Ardoin, on the other hand, is one of the best pitchers in the country so far this spring. A 12th round pick of the Rangers last spring and sure to go higher this June, he is a perfect 4-0 with a sub-1.00 ERA and 30 Ks in 27+ innings. Since starting the team's season opener on Feb. 11 vs. Louisiana Tech, Ardoin has been kept on a fairly regular schedule, as Robichaux has mostly stayed true to his five-man pitching rotation. Ardoin had appeared to be in line to pitch against Harvard, but he will instead go against Minnesota on a whopping ten days rest.

Sucks to be the Gophers.

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