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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Saturday Cardinal Couple ---Softball splits on Friday...Lacrosse downs ODU



SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

- Softball splits in Day One of Cardinal CLASSIC

- Lacrosse wins @ ODU


Louisville Softball (5-6) split in action on the opening day of the Cardinal Classic at Ulmer Stadium Friday. The Cards run-ruled NKU in their first game 11-2 but fell to EKU 4-0 in the nightcap.

Louisville jumped on the Northern Kentucky squad early...scoring four runs in the first inning and steadily increased the lead...ending the game in the bottom of the fifth with a Maggie Ruckenbrod double driving in two runs to take a nine-run lead and end the game. 

A shame that they couldn't have transferred five of those abundance of  runs to the next game. A season high 16 hits for the Cards in the win.

As strong as the Cardinal bats were against the Norse, they virtually disappeared in the contest against Eastern Kentucky.  Colonels pitcher LeAnna Pittsenbarge tossed a one hitter at Louisville and EKU got two home runs after two outs in the top of the seventh inning to break wide open a scoreless contest. Brittany Duncan delivered the sole hit for Louisville...a double in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Caralisa Connell got the win in the first contest, Rachel Le Coq took the loss in the second game.

Louisville plays two again tomorrow...facing IUPUI at 3 p.m. and Central Michigan at 5:30 p.m.

Something we're unaccustomed to in regards to Louisville softball. Struggling early and being below .500. Surprising when one looks at the talent-laden roster and veteran pitching staff.

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Lacrosse improved to 2-1 on the season with a hard fought win at Old Dominion Friday evening. 'Kellie's heroes' downed the Monarchs 15-12...getting five goals from Nikki Boltja and four scores from Faye Brust.

After ODU took an early lead 2 1/2 minutes into the game, the Cards responded with four straight scores...three of them from Boltja. The Cards never relinquished that lead and went into the half ahead 8-7.

ODU scored just 50 seconds into the start of the final half to tie the contest...but once again, the Cards responded with four straight goals...two from Faye Brust...to grab a 12-8 lead with 22:11 left. The Cards still led 14-10 after Cortnee Daley scored with 12:57 remaining and Daley added Louisville's final goal with 5:11 left to make it 15-11 Cards.

Louisville had a commanding 35-18 shot advantage...in fact, they dominated all the offensive stats against the Dominion bunch in grabbing their first road win of the season.

Ashley Herbst had two saves in goal in fifty minutes of play...the 'other' Ashley (Peacock) had ten minutes between the pipes and allowed just one goal.

Lacrosse continues the Virginia road trip with a Sunday game in Williamsburg against William & Mary.

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CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO today should be a busy affair...with reports on basketball, softball, lacrosse and whatever other sports we can squeeze in. We've also got comments from Kellie Young on the lacrosse win against Detroit and WBB players Shoni Schimmel and Sara Hammond on the Wednesday win over Houston.

11 a.m. Listen in at www.crescenthillradio.com


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