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Monday, February 22, 2010

Softball Cards take two in Charleston


Chelsea Leonard gets the win in the second game, striking out eight in five innings in a 10-2 win over College of Charleston.

The #15 University of Louisville softball team won their final two games in the Charleston Southern Invitational on Sunday...blanking the Akron Zips in the first game 1-0 and demolishing College of Charleston in the final 10-2. Louisville is now 9-2 on the season.

Against the Zips, the Cards struck early and it was enough to secure the win. Melissa Roth drew a walk in the top of the first, advanced to second on Brittany York's infield single and scored when Vanessa James singled. Louisville held Akron to four hits in the game, with senior pitcher Kristen Wadwell getting the win while striking out three.

The second game against the Cougars, Louisville broke open a 2-2 tie in the top of the fourth inning with 6 runs. Chelsea Bemis smacked a two run double in the rally and the Cards added two more hits and drew four walks in the big inning. Louisville added two more runs in the 5th.

Next for Sandy Pearsall's team...a return to home and Ulmer Stadium. They play in the Cardinal Classic beginning Friday...opening with two games the first day. Louisville takes on St. Louis and then Purdue. Diamond action begins at noon. The Classic runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Giving credit where credit is due, hats off to the University of Kentucky women's basketball team this season. The #16 Lady Kats (23-4, 11-3) have complied an impressive season so far with a record of 17-0 at home. They drew over 7500 in Memorial Coliseum Sunday to watch them close out the home season with a 71-50 win over South Carolina. The Gamecocks had defeated UK earlier in the season...but led by seniors Amani Franklin, Lydia Watkins and freshman guard from Iroquois Adia Mathies, UK jumped out to a 9-1 lead early on USC, led 36-20 at the half and were never seriously challenged on Senior Day.

The road gets considerably tougher for Matthew Mitchell's squad later this week. UK travels to Knoxville to face the Tennessee Vols Thursday night.

Written by "the Birthday boy"
2/22/10

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