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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Softball sweeps Friday games at Pirate Clash


-Louisville defeats Virginia, ECU in Greenville

-Which sisters are more popular?

-Women's swimming leads BIG EAST falls at Akron

Katie Keller's double beats UVA.
The University of Louisville softball team won their Friday games in the East Carolina Pirate Clash. The Cardinals knocked off Virginia 2-1 in the opener and East Carolina later in the afternoon 5-0. The wins take Louisville to a 7-0 record.

In the first game, Katie Keller smashed a two out double in the bottom of the seventh to give the Cards the win. The Cards came to bat trailing 1-0 but freshman Kayla Soles tied it with her first career home run. After Trista Cox and Whitney Arion were retired by the Cavaliers, Kristin Austin singled and Jennifer Esteban drew a walk. Keller boomed a long shot to right field to score Austin and win the game.

The Cards struggled for most of the game against Cavalier pitcher Rachel Gillen, getting just four hits off her in six innings. For Louisville, Tori Collins pitched five innings of two hit, one run softball before giving way to Chelsea Leonard...who shut down the Cavs with no hits in two innings of relief. 

Torrid Tori Collins retired 12 Cavs in a row.
Virginia took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth when Marcy Bowdren led off the inning with a homer...spoiling Collins no-hit bid -- she had retired the first twelve batters she had faced and had eight strikeouts. After Kristen Hawkins singled following the base clearer, Pearsall inserted Leonard into the game and she stymied the Cavs the rest of the way.

In game two, Louisville and ECU played two scoreless innings before the Cards broke through with three runs in the top of the third. Singles from Hannah Kiyohara and Esteban with one out gave two baserunners for Austin and she tripled to left field, scoring both. Katie Keller plated Austin with a single. 

The Cards added another run in the fourth when Arion singled and scored on Kiyohara's fielder's choice. Louisville completed the scoring in the sixth when Soles singled, was lifted for pinch-runner Kirsten Stanley and Arion singled to bring home Stanley to  make it 4-0. 

Sophomore hurlers Chelsea Leonard and Caralisa Connell combined for seven innings of two-hit pitching...Connell toiling the final four innings and getting her second win of the season. 

Taner caught both games
Friday. Hey, batter,batter...
The Cards had 11 hits in the ECU game and the pitchers combined to strike out eight Pirates. 

Taner Fowler filled in for injured Maggie Ruckenbrod behind the plate in both games and versatile Hannah Kiyohara covered first base for Alicja Wolny.

Louisville returns to the diamond this morning to face Hofstra at 9 a.m. and UNC-Greensboro at 11 a.m.



Are the Schimmel sisters the most popular sister duo in women's college basketball? We think so, although west coast residents may argue the case for Stanford's Nnemkadi and Chiney Ogwumike. The Cardinals' girls vs. The Cardinal girls. The Stanford duo is a little more prolific in scoring than Shoni and Jude..but the UofL girls are younger. 

Andrell Smith
USF version.
Another duo we know of are Andrell and Andrea Smith for the USF Bulls. These high scoring sisters will have a final season together next year -- Andrea having to sit out this year because of a knee injury. 

Andrell Smith UofL
Imagine all six of them on the same team...a radio broadcasters nightmare. Who do you get to coach them? WE'LL go with the famous pro football coaching brothers Jim (San Francisco) and John (Baltimore)Harbaugh. Assistants? How about Patty Coyle at Pittsburgh and her sister Mary Coyle Klinger at Rutgers Prep? 

Speaking of Jude -- Jenny (yes, she's still out there readers - just on a short hiatus.) sends this link about Jude. It's a very good read.

And, the 2012 Winter-Spring issue of University of Louisville Magazine has an excellent article on Shoni and Jude as the cover story. Link is:

And, the women's BB mock selection for the Tournament is out. Link is:

WE like the Louisville seeding (14th in the nation) but hope that the region doesn't develop the way that the mock selection has it bracketed. They stuck Louisville in with Notre Dame, Kentucky, Texas A&M, St. John and Arkansas. Messy!

(Thanks to Mark Schneider for the detective work on the links...)


Finally, the University of Louisville's women's swimming and diving team stretched out their lead in the BIG EAST Championships in Pittsburgh, while the men hold steady in second place. Winners for the women on Day 3 were Tanja Kyllainen (400 IM) and Eszter Povazay (100 backstroke) Louisville has 539.5 points, followed by Notre Dame with 403.5 and WVU is in third with 357.

Women's tennis lost a close one on the road to Akron yesterday...falling 4-3. The Zips swept the doubles competition - Louisville's Sarah Miller, Rebecca Shine and Gabrielle Duncan won in singles matches.



  1. Here is the link to the U of L Magazine with the Shoni/Jude article. It is in PDF format. The article starts on page 28 and runs through 34.
    Those pages may be selected and printed out if one wishes. Here is the link:(may need to copy and paste this)


  2. As a Louisville native I am an obvious fan of the Schimmels. If you want to keep your eye on another sister act, look far to the West for the Samuelson sisters. The Samuelson family is from Huntington Beach, CA. The parents are former pro ballers in England and current day Physical Education teachers.
    Bonnie Samuelson is a freshman at Stanford. Karlie is a 2013 guard who is being hotly recruited. The youngest of the trio is Katie Lou, class of 2015. Early scouting reports suggest that Katie Lou just may be the truest talent of the three.
    I have no idea if Louisville is involved in the recruiting of these youngsters. The class of 2013 is packed with talent and Katie's name is not one that I have heard that is considering Louisville. For the youngest of the siblings, there is certainly time to get involved with her if we are not already, if she is a fit for what Louisville needs from that class.

  3. Bonnie Samuelson is coming off the bench for Stanford and averaging 4.9 a game. Karlie just returned to action a week ago after being sidelined with a sprained ankle. Katie Lou is making a strong bid to be Freshman of the Year in Cali girls hoops.

  4. 1. I hope I'm wrong, but I seriously doubt the Cards will be seeded 16 or higher in the Big Dance.

    2. As to which Sister Act is more popular on the West Coast outside of Palo Alto, put the Cards and the Cardinal in the Spokane sub-regional, and we'll see who packs the house.
    --PDX Phil


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