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Monday, April 23, 2012

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MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


-Softball sweeps Seton Hall with Sunday win


-Lacrosse loses in final home game.


-Jurich talks UofL and Walz


Teams have tried a lot of tactics to defeat Sandy Pearsall's UofL softball team this year. The Seton Hall Pirates employed a seldom used one Sunday...the weather...but the "it's raining, it's pouring" strategy failed, too...as the Cards win in soggy South Orange, New Jersey.


The University of Louisville softball team concluded their stay in Jersey with a 6-2 win over Seton Hall Sunday. The Cards sweep the weekend series to go to 43-2 overall and 14-2 in BIG EAST play. Another game where Louisville scores six runs...a different way of getting there Sunday.


Arion's two run blast gave Louisville the lead.
The Cardinal conquerors on the Sabbath were Whitney Arion and Katie Keller -- each with home run blasts against the Pirates and both in the pivotal fifth inning. Down 2-1 going into the bottom of the inning, Arion's blast came with Maggie Ruckenbrod on to give Louisville a 3-2 lead. After singles from Jennifer Esteban and Kristin Austin, Keller cleared the bases with a three-run dinger over the right center fence. It was 6-2 after the second moon-shot and the Cards had put up five in the fifth. 


Collins pitched seven
innings of one hit ball
against the Pirates.
And that was all Tori Collins needed to pick up her 21st win of the season. A relief role Sunday for Collins, spelling starter Caralisa Connell with no outs in the bottom of the first -- bases loaded and two across across the plate for the Pirates already. 


Some days you have it, some days you don't. 


While Connell didn't have it Sunday, Collins did and retired the Pirates with no further damage done in the inning...and allowed just one hit the rest of the way...a meaningless single in the bottom of the seventh.  


The Cards head to Bloomington, IN for a non-conference tilt against the Indiana Hoosiers Wednesday. 


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Tough loss for Louisville lacrosse in the final game of the season...falling to Connecticut 10-9 on Senior Day at Louisville Lacrosse stadium. Senior Eleni Kozaz scored Louisville's first goal and the Cards had a 7-4 lead at halftime...led by Nikki Boltja's two goals.


Boltja had three goals in the Louisville loss
The Cards could not sustain the momentum, though and the Huskies put together four goals in a row in the second half to lead 10-8 at the 15:27 mark. Boltja picked her third goal of the game a few minutes after that and had a couple of chances to score in the final minute but the Husky defense held tough and Louisville loses 10-9.


Tough season for the rebuilding Cards at 3-12 and 1-7 in the BIG EAST. Boltja and 18 of her teammates return next year, though, and should benefit from this rebuilding season.  


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Howard tells Tom that a black suit is the
way to go in the future...
Tom Jurich talks UofL and spends a little time on Walz on the Friday edition of WHAS's GREAT DAY LIVE with Terry Meiners and Rachel Platt. Thanks to Kenny for the find and forward.


We sometimes forget or take for granted the things that Jurich has done here since he came to Louisville. There was no softball...just to name one. If there was a M.O.P. award for Athletic Directors each year, Jurich would have more titles than UK has basketball championships. 


Link below. 


Talkin' Tom

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A special thanks to CARDINAL COUPLE writers Mark and Jenny for keeping the boat floating this weekend while Sonja and I took a couple of days off. 
Sonja and Cheryl hold Paul up for a photo.

They even swept the porch and emptied the garbage...but my Snickers bars are missing and we figure it was either the "Commish" or Bill the Goat with the sweet tooth



Anyway, good to be back behind the laptop...but what did you people do with the sunny, spring-time weather we left you in charge of? Brrrr!!!!   
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