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WE PRESENT THURSDAY at CARDINAL COUPLE
LIVE FROM ULMER...at the BIG EAST SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
10;48 a.m. Muggy already out here at Ulmer...we're through three innings in the first game which features Syracuse vs. Pitt. The Panthers leading 1-0...captailizing on an infield error and single.
Pep band director Al Greener and J-Bone are entertaining the press box...the game sure isn't.
11;21 a.m. Still 1-0. Wouldn't hurt Cardinal fans too much to see the 'Cuse lose this one. They did sweep the Cards at the end of the season. J-Bone has created a new tradition here at Louisville softball...the end of the fifth inning stretch "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" stand up. So far, it's been the most exciting thing the fans have had to cheer about. One inning to go. Possibility city...
11:39 a.m. Syracuse with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to win it. A bases loaded, two run
single by Lisaria Daniels the game ender. The 'Cuse advances....heartbreak for Pitt. Next game
is Rutgers vs. DePaul @ 12:30.
12:21 a.m. Things moving smoothly toward the start of Game Two. Maybe a 100 or so here watching this one and it's still blazing hot. No rain yet, though...and no indication that it's coming. Al Greener has fixed the problem he has been having with his organ. I was ready to start calling organ donor transplant lists.
1:04 p.m. 3-1 after 1 1/2 innings, in favor of DePaul. Rutgers had the bags loaded and couldn't captialize. (Never would have happen if C.Viv Stringer would have been on the bench.) I'll be surprised if the Rutgers pitcher Abbey Houston makes it the distance. DePaul is rocking her.
1:22 p.m. 3-2 now and both teams are smashing it. Megan Williams on the mound now for
the Scarlet Knights. 9 hits already in this one...just as many as in the entire first game.
1:52 p.m. 4-2 and the heat is stifling. Rutgers getting hits (7) but can't score. Bottom of the
fifth and DePaul at bat...Still no rain. Poor J.Bone is suffering from seasonal allergies. Been
there, done that. He's a gamer, though and is handling P.A. duties well in between sneeezes.
2:13 p.m. 5-2 as DePaul slowly begins to pull away from the Scarlet Knights. Last chance for
Rutgers...top of the seventh. Not looking good for the Scarlet Knights, who haven't hit the ball that badly...just haven't been able to put up more runs.
2:22 p.m. It has ended. 5-2. Two more today, beginning at 4:00 p.m. when Notre Dame faces Providence and then UofL and USF around 6:30 p.m.
CARDINAL COUPLE WILL HAVE RECAPS OF BOTH CONTESTS FOR YOU LATER THIS
We had the chance to talk with BIG EAST Director of Sports Administration Kristen Brown after game one. A delightful young lady who granted us this exclusive interview.
-C.C.: Welcome to Louisville! Your first visit?
-Kristen: Actually this is the third time...once for the swimming and diving championships Louisville hosted in February and a trip last summer to do some preliminary site visits for swimming and softball.
-C.C.: What other sports beside swimming and softball do you administer over?
-Kristen: Primary for field hockey and women's tennis and I also assist with men's soccer, men's lacrosse and baseball.
-C.C.: Your opinion of the Louisville softball facilities and Ulmer Stadium?
-Kristen: These are tremendous facilities here at Louisville! Your athletic director Tom Jurich has done a fantastic job and made a comittment to all the facilities for women's sports....and all of your sports teams here at Louisville.
-C.C.: As far as your own background, did you attend a BIG EAST school?
-Kristen: I actually did not...I was a basketball student-athelete at Northern Illinois.
-C.C. Ah, the Huskies...I attended a UofL football game up there years back and I remember
them serving fresh corn out of the field during pre-game tailgaiting...free!
-Kristen: Well, you know DeKalb...where NIU is located...is in the middle of corn fields...so you can't help but have some good corn up there!
-C.C: How many years have you been in your current position?
-Kristen: It hasn't even been a year yet. It'll be a year on June 21st.
-C.C.: Does it look like something you'd like to stay with and advance with the BIG EAST?
-Kristen: Well...you never really know. I do enjoy being in the BIG EAST and what I do in this job. I've been in an administrative role in athletics for 7-8 years now, so I am enjoying what I'm doing and I think this is the path I want to stay in.
-C.C: Final question...do you have a favorite here in the tournament and who would you like to see win it?
-Kristen: Oh, no....
-C.C.: You're supposed to say Louisville!
Kristen: (Laughing)...In the conference office, we spread our love equally 16 ways.
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