Saturday, April 19, 2014
Saturday Cardinal Couple -- Softball splits in Orlando...Lynx no lock for A-Tayy
SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
- Softball Cards split with UCF on Friday
- Lacrosse faces Rutgers today at LAX Stadium
- Minnesota Lynx -- just another challenge for Taylor
- Radio today
Louisville Softball won the opening game against UCF Friday but...in almost predictable fashion...dropped the nightcap against the Golden Knights. Louisville (28-16, 9-5) has had a habit of winning the first and falling in the second game of double headers this season.
The Cards have played two games in one day fifteen times this season. They've lost the second game ten of those times. The loss to UCF in the second game today also snapped the UofL eight-game winning streak.
LOUISVILLE 1 - UCF 0
The opener was a pitcher's duel...Maryssa Becker holding UCF scoreless and allowing just one hit in 4.1 innings as the starter. Rachel LeCoq provided the relief...tossing the final 2.2 innings and allowing just one hit.
The Cards finally put the scoreboard operator to work in the top of the seventh. Becker singled to right and advanced to third on a Taner Fowler double to center that barely missed leaving the ballpark. Maggie Ruckenbrod lifted a sacrifice fly to left that got Becker home for the lone score of the game.
UCF 3 - LOUISVILLE 2
Louisville took the early lead in the second contest when Becker powered an a bases-empty shot out of the facility in the second. It was her second home run of the season.
UCF used runs in the third and fourth inning to retake the lead off of LeCoq...and tallied an insurance run in the fifth.
The Cards tried to rally back in the sixth when Becker singled home pinch runner Jordan McNary to make it 3-2...but Louisville could not get Becker around the bases.
They'll play the finale of the series today at noon.
The Louisville Lacrosse team looks to remain undefeated in BIG EAST play when they host Rutgers at 1 p.m. in the Lacrosse Stadium.
It's Senior Day and CAF Appreciation Day...so get out to the field early and sign up for stuff and watch the goodbye ceremonies for eight seniors.
Hillary Bushway M Norfolk, VA
Jamie Redding A Victor, NY
Nikki Boltja A Medina, OH
Kelsey Garrity D Ridley Park, PA
Ashley Herbst G Pittsford, NY
Monica Negron M Bel Air, MD
Leslee Hefner D Hatboro, PA
Coleen O'Malley M Malvern, PA
We're excited that A-Tayy (Asia Taylor) got drafted by the WNBA. As she said...just to have one's name in the discussion is pretty awesome. To hear it called on Draft Night ( even though it was on ESPNU) is even more awesome.
She's headed to the Minnesota Lynx. Yeah, the 2013 WNBA Champs. the Lynx that have 10 players returning from that team.
As least she won't have to worry about having to beat out Sugar Rodgers ( ex-Georgetown) for a spot. The second year Lynx guard was dealt to the New York Liberty Wednesday.
Here's the current 15 listed under the Lynx roster:
** Seimone Augustus 8th year LSU
** Rebekkah Brunson 10th year Georgetown
(R) Asya Bussie ( rookie) West Virginia
(R) Christina Foggie ( rookie) Vanderbilt
** Amber Harris 3rd year Xavier
** Rachel Jerry 1st year - - - - - - - -
(R) Tricia Liston ( rookie) Duke
** Janet McCarville 7th year Minnesota
** Lindsey Moore 1st year Nebraska
** Maya Moore 3rd year Connecticut
** Devereaux Peters 2nd year Notre Dame
(R) Asia Taylor ( rookie) LOUISVILLE
** Lindsay Whelan 10th year Minnesota
-- Tan White 9th year Mississippi St.
** Monica Wright 4th year Virginia
** = returning player
A difficult task ahead for Taylor to grab one of these 11 or 12 jerseys for the 2014 season...but not impossible. She's one of seven front liners that will battle for a spot. One of four rookies that will be at the preseason games and practices.
The WNBA is all about salary caps. Teams are not required to carry a full 12 players. Whether Minnesota chooses to retain the roster that has gotten them two WNBA titles in the last three years or cut some costs and fill the bench with rookies remains to be seen.
In any event, A-Tayy will get her chance to make the team. We hope she shines...
Cardinal Couple Radio Hour on Crescent Hill Radio is back on the air again this week. We learned the passcode to the studio door...so they can't stop us now!
We'll discuss softball, lacrosse, golf, hoops, fiscal responsibility and comparative political systems on today's show.
(OK maybe not the latter two...but it should be a good hour chalked full of exciting UofL women's sports news).
Join us, won't you?