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Thursday, April 18, 2024

LAX afternoon battle with #3 Notre Dame -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Hello readers!  Its Daryl again checking in on a Thursday.  

My brain has been beyond scrambled recently trying to get back into a routine with the Bats and trying to wedding plans.   I appreciate everyone's flexibility to allow me to do so while also continue to keep up with the Cards.    

It's the last day of classes for students on campus!  Campus has been absolutely buzzing this week with spring flowers blooming and students everywhere.  They brought out the food trucks to help gear everyone up for finals.   

So lets talk about the Cards in their final regular season match.   


















Lacrosse


(Maybe the greatest ever to don a Cards LAX uniform....Kay Morrisette)

UofL brings a 7-9 record into the contest with #3 Notre Dame for the last regular season match of the season.

This one is scheduled to begin at noon over at UofL’s Lacrosse Stadium and will be available on the ACC Network Extra. The Irish bring a 13-2 record into the contest.

The Irish have not lost since March 9th when they fell 10-12 to Virginia on their home turf. In April they have outscored opponents 51-21.



The Cards are 2-14 against the Irish all time with the first match happening back in 2009. They sport a 1-6 record at home. Louisville is on an eight game losing streak to Notre Dame.

The Irish boast six 20+ goal performances this season and...obviously... one of the nation’s best offenses.  With five goals and a program-best six assists, Jackie Wolak set a career best with 11 points against Pitt to close out the month of March.

Kelly Denes registered 16 draw controls in that contest, tying a program record and helping the Irish 26 total draw wins good for a program best at home.


I do believe we will get Jared over there to snap some photos from the contest. If you and join the fun, the ACCNX will have the broadcast so fire up the internet device. 

Good luck to the student athletes on their finals!!! I do not miss those days at all! 


As Always, 
Go Cards 
~Daryl 




Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Cards Softball Loses To EKU -- -- Ja'Leah Williams to WBB from Miami -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

 EKU SOFTBALL JUMPS EARLY ON CARDS FOR 6-2 WIN



 

Louisville Softball surrendered six runs early yesterday and could not make up the deficit  in a loss in Richmond, KY  to Eastern Kentucky University Tuesday afternoon. Cards freshman Brooke Gray (3-4) got the midweek start for the visitors, but was met with six runs on four hits in the bottom of the second. 

Meanwhile, at the plate, the Cards were stifled early in the game, but did try to mount a couple of rally attempts to get back in the contest late in the contest.




The first one occured in the top of the sixth, when the Cards loaded the bases with just one out. Kiley Goff beat out a infield grounder for a single and Daisy Hess reached on a slow throw on a fielders choice. Chelsea Mack delivered a single to load the bases for Lousville, but EKU ace Maddi Rutan (19-2) got a pop out and received a spectacular fielding stop from EKU second baseman Madison Scott to end the Cardinals threat. 

The Cards would also threaten again in the seventh and plate their first runs of the contest when Bailee Richardson reached on a single and came home on Maddi Grant's home run to center. The Cards left the scoring there,,though, with a line out  and a fly out,

Louisville (24-19) returns to conference play Friday, when they travel to North Carolina. 

A tough road loss to a surprisingly good EKU squad, that has a sparkling 33-5 record


JA'LEAH WILLIAMS HEADED TO LOUISVILLE WBB



Cards WBB picks up one of the the better defensive guards in the ACC from last season with upcomng senior Ja'Leah Williams announcing she will join the Louiisville squad from Miami for the 2024-25 season

Williams has been a key contributor to Katie Meyer's squad for the past three seasons and averaged 7.1 points and 4.5 rebounds in 30 games last year for the Canes. 

Her addittion will help fill the void in the Cards guards game, with the graduation of Syd Taylor, Nina Rickards and Kiki Jefferson.

paulie

 

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Softball Visits Eastern Kentucky -- Kiki Jefferson Drafted in 2024 WNBA Draft -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Softball Travels to Eastern Kentucky


In desperate need of a win streak, Louisville softball looks to start one beginning with their game at Eastern Kentucky tonight. First pitch is slated for 6:00pm and will be aired on ESPN+.

Louisville recently went 1-2 on the road against Georgia Tech to drop to 24-18 on the season. Fortunately, the Cards have a winning record on the road. 

Eastern Kentucky boasts an impressive 32-5 record this year. Four of the losses came in a row at the Utah Tech Tournament in late February. Their only other loss came in ASUN play against North Alabama. The Colonels have not played any ranked opponents or Power Five opponents up to this point. 



The Colonels hit .302 as a team, tallying 288 total hits with 26 home runs. Jaelin Haynes leads the team with a .405 batting average but Jeanay Riley is top on the team in hits with 49.

For Louisville, their NCAA hopes continue to fade with each loss, but the Cards can start a 10-game win streak to close out the season tonight.


Kiki Jefferson Goes in 2024 WNBA Draft


Kiki Jefferson is the latest Louisville Cardinal to get drafted into the WNBA Draft. She was taken in the third round by the Minnesota Lynx.

Jefferson utilized her COVID-19 eligibility season with Louisville after four years at James Madison. The guard played in all 34 games and started in 32 of them.

This is the 17th Cardinal drafted and 15th since Jeff Walz took over the program. Most recently, Emily Engstler and Kianna Smith were taken in the 2022 WNBA Draft, a string of five straight years where Louisville had a player drafted.

The WNBA is one of the toughest leagues for draft picks to make the opening day roster. Typically, about half or just under half of draft picks make it to opening day. We certainly hope to see Jefferson suit up for opening day May 14.

This season, there will be 12 teams in the WNBA with the addition of a 13th in the bay area next year. The WNBA announced plans to have 16 teams by 2028. The league expansion is long overdue after many years of public outcry. Louisville is currently not on the proposed list of expansion teams.


Volleyball vs Tennessee Photos


Jeff and I enjoyed a reverse sweep victory for Louisville Volleyball over Tennessee this past weekend. Here are a few shots from the match.


The team celebrates a win


Freshmen Nayelis Cabello and Ava Utterback celebrate a point


Fear DeBeer


America's top libero Elena Scott


Elle Glock dives for a ball while falling into the team bench




We look forward to plenty of volleyball in the fall. Don't forget, the NCAA Volleyball Final Four is at the KFC Yum! Center this year.

Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!
Jared










Monday, April 15, 2024

Cards Drop Extra Inning Thriller to Georgia Tech 5-3 -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

GA TECH WINS WITH HOME RUN OVER CARDS SOFTBALL IN NINE INNINGS



Louisville Softball fought the good fight in the series finale at Georgia Tech Sunday and went to extra innngs with some dramatics, but tt was the Atlanta squad who got the last blast -- Mallorie Black's  two out, two run home run to deep center in the ninth gave the Tech squad the game winner and the series winner. 

A 5-3 win  for the homestanding squad in a game that was in their favor after six innings...GT was holdng a 3-1 lead over Louisville, but Louisville bombs got them back in it,,,  Vanessa Miller's homer in the sixth got Louisville within one at 3-2 going into the seventh. Riley Frizell sent a boomer that tied it in the seventh, Frizell's tying shot came with two outs in the inning...the Cards very last chance to force any extra play.

  



GT came right back and nearly won it in the bottom of the seventh when Jin Sileo sent a fly ball to deep left center that bounced off the top of the wall and back into the field to give her a triple, Three more inches would have put the ball out of the stadium and ended the contest, but a lengthy review showed it was just short..  Alyssa Zabala regrouped and got the final two outs of the inning without Sileo scoring, though, to force extra innings continuation.

After an uneverntful eighth for both squads, the Cards had their chance to win the contest in the top of the ninth when Kiley Goff started the inning by getting hit by a pitch. She took second on a ground out and went to third on a GT error, but a fly out ended the top of the ninth with no runs crossing the plate for the Cards. Black's.boomer, a massive, toweing shot to center that left no doubt about whether it was it going to leave or not to end the affair in GT's favor


It was a fun Sunday thriller on the ACCNX and the Cards had their chances to leave Atlanta with the "W" but sometimes the ball doesn't bounce your way....or stop at the fence...in the case of Black's blast off Zabala that ended it

Louisville (24-18, 5-10) drops the series two games to one to Georgia Tech and returns back home to Ulmer to try non-conference fare...entertaining EKU on Tuesday. 


paulie

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Back on the Winning Side - Sunday Cardinal Couple

Softball Evens the Series




After a rough Friday, with both Softball and Lacrosse coming out on the wrong side of the scoresheet, we have a couple of wins to celebrate today.

First, Softball answered the Yellow Jackets with a win yesterday, 4-1.  Alyssa Zabala, who certainly didn't have the game of her life on Friday, was back in the circle yesterday and went the distance, holding Georgia Tech to four hits, and only issuing three walks while striking out five.  A solid performance, for sure.

The Cards did take some time to get their offense in gear, however.  Georgia Tech struck first with a run in the 3rd, and UofL wouldn't answer until the 6th, ensuring all Cards fans were at their most stressed before coming back for the win.




I should, to be honest, phrase that as "Riley Frizell answered" as the first score was a Frizell rip over the center field fence to lead off the 6th.  That wouldn't be the only home run of the inning, however.  First, though, Bailee Richardson drew a walk, chasing the GT pitcher, before Vanessa Miller took her 3rd pitch over the left field fence.  Georgia Tech was unable to answer in the bottom half of the frame.

The Cards would add some extra insurance in the top of the 7th.  Pickle Winkler drew a walk to start off the inning, but was called out for leaving the base early on a Daisy Hess single.  Of course Hess stole 2nd, because it's Daisy Hess.  Richardson then sent a double out to center field, and that's all Hess needed to finish the circuit, bringing the Cards to the 4-1 final score.




Louisville will finish out the series against Georgia Tech with a noon start at Mewborn Field in Atlanta.  Today is their "Bark in the Park" promotion, where fans are encouraged to bring their dogs out to the park, so if you're a dog lover like me, there's extra incentive to watch the stream on ACC Network Extra.  If good softball wasn't enough of a draw, hopefully getting to see some good doggos will help.

Volleyball




Volleyball wrapped up their spring season last night with a five set win over Tennessee.  There was no stream presented, and no stats kept, so we're going all vibes here today.

Tennessee came out of the locker room looking strong, winning the first two sets.  Interestingly, Coach DBK decided to play a 6-2 offensive gameplan for those two sets.  This means that the setter on the court is always in the back row, subbing in and out in place of right side hitters, which also keeps a right side hitter on the front row the whole time, increasing offensive options.

Wait, who's our second right side hitter, you may ask if your familiar with Louisville Volleyball's roster.  Allana Bankston was pressed into service there.  Bankston has a demonstrated history of playing just about any position, left, right, and middle, in addition to being a competent defensive player.  She's kind of the go anywhere, do anything player on the squad.  Louisville does have a transfer from Arizona State, Sofia Maldonado Diaz that is expected to be primarily a right side attacker, so this may have been some prep for a potential 6-2 in season.  At least as an option.



Again, there was a lot of switching between Nayelis Cabello and Elle Glock in the setter role.  This is definitely an open position battle for the fall.  I still tend to lean towards Cabello getting the starting role in the fall, she seems about a half step quicker than Glock, has a pretty impressive serve, and is clearly a better blocker than Glock.

Credit to Tennessee, they put some good blocks occasionally, but were particularly good digging, extending a number of rallies that would've been Cards points against many other teams.  Also credit the Lady Vols for being willing the play the tie breaking 5th set, which a certain other SEC team wasn't willing to do against us.

Charitie Luper was back to full front row attack mode, and was wearing her knee brace again to do so.  Anna DeBeer is definitely done with hers and you can see the improvement in her mobility by not being constrained by it.


Hannah Sherman had some great rotations in the middle hitter/block position, including a couple of epic solo blocks, but I suspect the MB positions will still be lead by Phekran "PK" Kong, and Cara Cresse.

Elena Scott continues to do Elena Scott things.  As fellow writer here at Cardinal Couple, Jared Anderson, put it on twitter, "I got into every match thinking [Elena Scott] can't do anything to top watch[sic] she did the previous match and every time she pulls the 'watch me' card."  To which I responded, "And it's always like a double flipping half twist over a table single armed dig with her hair on fire.  And it's an absolute dime to the setter."  It truly is hard to comment on Scott, other than maybe to say, if you want to know what the Libero position is supposed to do, here's the prime example.

The Cards Volleyball fall schedule should be announced soon, and of course, we'll break that down for you when it comes out.  After that, should be the tradition Red & Black scrimmage sometime mid August.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast


Case, Jared, Paulie, and I made the call...well, I was a little late.  This one was an adventure from the get go with some vaguely Not Safe For Work innuendo and joking around at the beginning.  But ultimately we did quit procrastinating and get to discussing the tough Friday news for Cards athletics.

 
-- 
JMcA

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Cards Experience Tough Road Friday -- SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Softball Shut Out in Series Opener 


Louisville softball headed to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech this weekend and got off to a rocky start. While the Yellow Jackets are decently ahead of the Cards in the ACC standings, their overall records are very similar. On paper, it should be a relatively even series. GT didn't care much about paper yesterday, as they stung early and often against the Cards en route to an 8-0 five-inning run rule. All eight runs for GT came in the first three innings, with seven coming in the second and third. 

Alyssa Zabala started in the circle for Louisville, and it was not her day. Zabala walked the first two batters, induced a pop-up, then plunked the clean-up hitter to load the bases. A pair of ground outs ended the inning but a run came home to score. Another walk started the second and a sac bunt moved the runner into scoring position. Back-to-back singles scored a run and then a home run scored three more. A fourth (sixth, in a way) straight hit earned Zabala the hook and Brooke Gray came on to pitch. Gray hit the first batter she faced, but picked up another two outs to get out of the side. 

Louisville got their first runner on base in the third with a Maddi Grant double to open the inning, but two runners were left on base after Daisy Hess took a 2-out walk and Riley Frizell struck out. Gray returned to the circle and got GT's first batter of the inning out for the first time in the game. Unfortunately, a pair of singles were followed by the Yellow Jackets' second three-run homer of the game to set the score at 8-0. Two more quick outs ended the inning but the rout was on. 

Louisville's fourth saw them put two in scoring position via walk, HBP, and fielder's choice, but a flyout had split the runners and the Cards couldn't initiate a two-out rally. After Gray got out of the fourth with just one single, Louisville was down to their final three outs, needing at least one run to extend the game. Katie Thatcher came on to pinch hit for Chelsea Mack and was walked on four pitches. A sac bunt (down 8-0, really?) moved Mack (who took the base back from Thatcher) to second, but Louisville couldn't bring her around to score. 

There isn't much else to say about this one. Cards need to rip off the rearview and face today's game with a clean slate. They'll be back in action today at 2PM before wrapping up the series tomorrow at noon. Both games will be available on ACC Network Extra. 

Lacrosse Falls in Tight Road Finale


Scott Teeter's squad was in Durham yesterday for their final regular season road match of the year. The Cards took on Duke and held a slim 7-6 lead heading into halftime. Louisville was unable to hold onto that lead, unfortunately, as a three goal deficit in the third quarter gave Duke the gap they needed. The Cards tied the Blue Devils 10-all in quarters 1, 2, and 4, but lost the third 4-1, setting the final margin at 14-11. 

Kokoro Nakazawa was the leader for the Cards, tallying five of their 11 goals. She scored the first two goals of the game before Nicole Perroni gave Louisville a 3-0 lead with eight minutes remaining in the first quarter. Coincidentally, Louisville's goal scoring in the game was nearly palindromic. Maggie McMahon scored the fourth goal for the Cards, and their final four goals went McMahon, Perroni, and Kokoro x2. The three central goals were scored by Izzy Seikel, Kokoro, and Negai Nakazawa. 

Maddie McCorkle matched Kokoro with five goals for Duke. The Cards were on the back food the whole game, and Sara Addeche did well to keep the game as close as it was. Duke outshot Louisville 39-26 and won the shots on goal battle 25-17. I'll save you the math: Addeche finished with 11 saves. Part of the Cards' woes was the fact that they were dominated on draw controls. Duke led that category 21-8 and took all eight DCs in the second quarter. Louisville won 5/7 in the first quarter before winning just three for the remainder of the game. If you are on defense immediately, you're going to be under pressure a lot. 

Duke was ranked #25 in the country coming into the game, so a road matchup was always going to be tough. The win moves them to 10-6 (4-4) while Louisville is now 7-9 (2-6). All 10 teams make the ACC tournament, and Louisville is currently the nine seed. The Cards hold the tiebreaker over Clemson, but lost to VT, so would need the Hokies to lose their last two games to jump them. The best the Cards can do is get to 7th with a victory over Notre Dame in the season finale. That last game will be Thursday at 12pm in Louisville Lacrosse Stadium. 

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast


We'll have four on board for this week's show, with Daryl occupied by her obligations with the Louisville Bats. We'll still have an exciting show lined up, with joy and excitement to cover despite the losses. As always, you can check out the live stream of the show by going to the Cardinal Couple YouTube page and clicking on the live video. Jeff usually creates that about an hour before the show, which officially starts at 11 AM Eastern. If the live time doesn't work for you, there are plenty of playback options, so be sure to check out whichever is best for you!

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Until next time, Go Cards!

Case

Friday, April 12, 2024

Lax and Softball in Action -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Happy Friday, folks! Jared checking in here after Daryl and I switched days. The plan was for myself to be at softball against Kentucky Wednesday evening but Mother Nature decided to spare the Cats from the storm that the Cards would bring. Instead, we look ahead to today and this weekend.

Lacrosse Visits Duke


Coming off a blowout victory at home over Ohio State, Louisville Lacrosse hits the road for the final time in the regular season. The Cards travel to #25 Duke. First draw is set for 3:00pm and will be aired on ACCNX.

Duke is 9-6 on the season and most recently lost to top-10 Notre Dame by 12. Prior to that, the Blue Devils had won three straight including a top-10 win against Virginia.

In the ACC standings, Duke sits sixth (out of 10 teams) at 3-4 while the Cards sit ninth at 2-5.

The Blue Devils average 13.1 goals per game while allowing 12.5 goals per game. Louisville's offense has shown some moments it can really take over a game, including scoring 22 goals earlier in the week. Defense has been the hit-or-miss factor for the Cards. A solid defensive outing plus "a standard day at the office" for the offense could put Scott Teeter's squad in good position to win and get to .500.

Softball Takes on Georgia Tech in Three-Game Series


Looking to get back into action after several days off due to weather, Louisville softball makes a trip to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech. The first game of the series will take place at 6:00pm tonight and will be aired on ACCNX.

The Yellow Jackets are 26-16 on the season have won two straight and went 3-2 in their out-of-conference weekend last week. Georgia Tech is sixth in the ACC (out of 13 teams) with a 9-6 mark in conference play. The Cards are 10th with a 4-8 record in the ACC. To be fair, GT hasn't played a team in the top five of the ACC while Louisville has already faced the top three.


Georgia Tech bats .329 as a team. 12 different players hit .300 or better. They have tallied 371 total hits with 74 being home runs. Seven GT pitchers have combined for a 4.50 ERA and a .261 batting average against. 

Louisville is in need of some wins to stay in the top 10 of the ACC to make the conference tournament and desperately need wins if they want to make the NCAA Tournament.

Happy Friday and Go Cards!
Jared

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Battle of the Bluegrass Cancelled -- WBB Notes -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

 Hello everyone,  

Daryl checking in a little early this week as Jared planned on heading over to Ulmer Wednesday and I was going to take the recap of the Kentucky vs. Louisville softball game., However, the weather forecast had some different plans as the precipitation did not let up at all on Wednesday so the squads called off the contest pretty early in the day with no plans of rescheduling.   



They offered refunds to anyone who purchased a ticket, this being one of the pay for a  ticket events for Softball. 

The Cardinals will head down to Atlanta GA for a series with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Friday at 6pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at noon all available on the ACC Network Extra. 

WBB announcements

We knew Olivia Cochran was coming back to play a fifth year when she didn't participate in the 2024 Senior activities and she told a fan in the comment section on FB she was returning. 

Coach Walz sent out a message on X looking ahead to her final season in a Cardinal uniform.   Asst. coach Lamont Russell also posted a snap shot video on IG in recent days of his attempt at guarding Big O in the post and lets just say there was alot of cheers by the players who watched Olivia spin free from the defense.   

I am so very much looking forward to senior season Olivia.  She has been one of my favorite Cardinals to cover over the years.   Take us to the ship, Big O!!!!!!



We know it takes more than a single player to win a title and I was happy to see Merissah Russell post that she is looking forward to another year in Louisville. 



Other basketball news is the decision by Stanford women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer announced her retirement Tuesday, ending the winningest coaching career in college basketball history after 45 years.  The HOF coach led Stanford to three national championships in her 38 seasons at the helm of the Cardinal and was named the national coach of the year five times during her tenure.

We at Cardinal Couple have been fans of Tara for years and wish her a happy and healthy retirement!  Go enjoy it, Coach! 

Lets finish out the week strong!

As Always, 
Go Cards 

~Daryl 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

LAX BESTS BUCKEYES --- SOFTBALL IN BATTLE OF BLUEGRASS TODAY -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

 

LACROSSE USES SECOND HALF SURGE TO BEAT OSU




Louisville Lacrosse used a 14-2 second half surge to down the Ohio St. women's lacrosse squad Tuesday at the Louisville Lacrosse Stadium.  Kokoro Nakazawa fired in seven goals in the Cardinals win, a career high for her. All told, ten Cardinals scored in the contest, where Louisville had a dominating 39 to 21 shot edge over the visitors from Columbus. 

Louisville (7-8) was fairly evenly match with the Buckeyes in the first quarter...Nakazawa scored first for the Cards, but they managed only three more goals in the quarter. The output was still  two goals more than the OSU squad could muster and UofL ended the quarter on an unassisted Nicole Perroni goal to hold a 4-2 lead.


OSU wasn't ready to surrender the contest yet, though, and matched the Cards output of four goals in the second quarter  Nakazawa added two goals for the Cards and was joined by Abby Scully and Allegra Catalano. The Cards had built an 8-6 lead after a half of play.. 

So, what was the magic potion that got UofL energized to net 14 second half goals. What did head coach Scott Teeter tell the team at halftime? 

"We challenged them at halftime to step it up. All we wanted them to do was compete and we did that in the second half."  Tetter commented after the contest. And step it up Louisville did. 



The Cards went on a 14-4 second half blitz and got it started in the third quarter, outscoring OSU 6-2 .Nicole Perroni got the scoring started and Kokoro ws next with a score followed by Lauren Figas and Kylea Dobson finding net to build a 12-7 lead. Kokoro tallied again with four minutes left in the quarter, and the Cards had build the lead to 14-8 at the end of three quarters. 

Louisville dominated the fourth quarter action by outscoring the OSU squad 8-2. Six different Cards  (the Nakazawa sisters, Perroni, Seikel, Adkins and Catalano) tallied seven goals to build a 21-9 lead with five minutes to play in the contest. Ava Peers closed out the Cards scoring with less than a minute to play and Louisville was the proud owner of a 22-10 win. 

The Cards return to conference play next.. with a trip to Duke for a Friday match. 


SOFTBALL HOSTS BATTLE OF THE BLUEGRASS VS UK


Update: This game was cancelled due to weather and is not on the schedule to be made up at a later date.




Louisville Softball steps out of ACC play to face their in-state rival Kentucky on Wednesday. It's a 7 p.m. first pitch at Ulmer for the 23-16 Cards. 

UK comes in at 24-14, and comes in after a 1-0 win at Texas A&M. The Wildcats are led by Erin Coffel at the plate. she carries a .340 average and has 11 home runs on the season , tied for team lead and also leads in runs (27) and RBI's (29). 



Last year, the squads met in Lexington and UK slugged out a 7-4 win. A late., top of the seventh inning Louisville rally cut a 7-1 UK lead in half in the contest. 

In case you can't get out to the contest, the ACC Network will have the coverage. Our Jared Anderson will be on hand and will have the Thursday write-up on the outcome, plus his usual excellent photos.. UK leads in the series game history 24-20. 


paulie







Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Lacrosse Hosts Ohio State -- Softball Struggles -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Lax Hosts Buckeyes for Midweek Match

Louisville lacrosse steps out of conference play for a brief moment to host Ohio State today at 1:00 pm. It will be streamed on ACCNX.

The Cards recently fell at home to ranked Virginia 13-8. They trailed 8-7 heading into the final quarter but the Cavaliers utilized a large run to open the frame. The loss moves Louisville to 6-8 on the year with three games remaining in the regular season.

Ohio State comes into the match with a 7-5 record. While the Buckeyes' schedule isn't quite as grueling as Louisville's, Ohio State has had a tough stretch lately. They recently pulled off a 9-8 upset over #23 Penn State but lost big to two of the top three teams in the country in Maryland and Johns Hopkins.

Jamie Lasda has netted 34 goals this season for Ohio State. They have six other players with anywhere from 11-19 goals scored. In comparison to Louisville, Kokoro Nakazawa (43 goals) and Nicole Perroni (34 goals) lead the charge of five players with double-digit goals or higher. Ohio State has outscored opponents 151-122 while Louisville has been outscored by 10 on the year.

This is a match that could swing in either team's favor, but we hope a little homefield advantage and the chance to creep closer to .500 will provide some motivation for the Cards.


Softball Struggles

Frustration has been the theme for Louisville softball this year. There have been nine games where the Cards have lost by two or fewer runs or lost in extra innings. A big part of that has been defensive errors. Stat-keeping around the country tends to be a little friendlier towards hitters with more hits and less errors, but the 'Jared Book of Errors' doesn't view things that way.

The two losses to Florida State had a official total of six combined errors. I'd put that number closer to 10. Still, you hope to have no errors every game. Defensive errors have cost the Cards several times this year. Officially, Louisville has 45 total defensive errors for a .960 fielding percentage. Oklahoma ranks top in the country with a .986 fielding percentage. The Cards are tied for 157th in the country in that category.

Key injuries have impacted the Louisville lineup too. Easton Lotus had a hand injury early in the season in Florida. The starting second baseman was hitting over .300 and a perfect fielding percentage when she went down for the year. Recently, Ally Alexander suffered a fracture in her hand. The starting third baseman, now-converted second baseman does not have an estimated return time. She ranked high on the team in fielding percentage for the starting rotation and was hitting just shy of .300.

The Cards sit at 10th out of 13 teams in the ACC and would sneak into the conference tournament if it started today. They would not be in the NCAA Tournament if it started today.

This team is full of talent and potential but seems to keep getting in its own way. With 14 games left on the schedule, Louisville can still make a case to earn a bid into the ACC Tournament, but the road isn't easy. Let's hope to see a strong finish.

THappy Tuesday and Go Cards!

Jared