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SOFTBALL FINISHES 3-1 OVER WEEKEND
The University of Louisville Softball's first fall exhibition weekend got off in fine fashion with three wins in four games at Ulmer Stadium. UofL head coach Sandy Pearsall played a lot of freshmen, got solid pitching from Maryssa Becker and freshman Madi Norman and scored 28 runs in the four games against Bellarmine, Wallace State and EKU.
Louisville 3 - Bellarmine 0
Freshman Madi Norman started the fall exhibition slate in the circle for the Cards and delivered a one-hit, seven inning performance against the Knights. Senior Whitney Arion went 2-3 and scored two run. Reshirt freshman Nicole Pufahl went 2-3 also and scored the other Louisville run.
EKU 5 - Louisville 3
The Colonels jumped on starter Maryssa Becker for three runs in the top of the first and the Cards could not overcome the early assault...losing by two to the Richmond, KY school. Arion provided a two-run fence clearer in the bottom of the first for Louisville. The Cards could only manage one score the rest of the seven innings.
Louisville 10 - Wallace State 5
The Cards broke out the bats late against Wallace State...breaking a 5-5 tie in the fifth with five runs on four hits and two walks. LSU junior transfer Hailey Smith went 3-4 and Madi Norman picked up her second win of the exhibition slate with the seven-inning win.
Louisville 12 - Bellarmine 1
The Cards used 12 hits to double-digit defeat the Knights. Sophomore Morgan Meyer went 3-4 and Pufahl had another strong day at the plate with a 3-3 performance. Maryssa Becker mastered in the circle...allowing just one run and five hits in seven innings.
COACH PEARSALL ON THE WEEKEND:
"We saw some good things from our younger players this weekend," said UofL head coach Sandy Pearsall. "We were missing a few of our players from the lineup, but it was good to be able to move people around. Obviously we have a lot to work on, but we will continue to improve."
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WOMEN'S GOLF TRAVELS TO COLORADO
The University of Louisville women's golf team is taking its first true road trip of the year, when ittravels west to the Golfweek Conference Challenge that features an 18-team field in Wolcott, Colo.
The three-day event, which lasts from Monday, Sept. 22-24, is being held at the Tom Fazio Course at Red Sky Golf Club. Live scoring will be available on Golfstat.com.
The par-72, 54-hole competition is designed to pit one school from 18 different conferences, with Louisville representing the Atlantic Coast Conference. Other teams participating include Colorado (Pac-12), Denver (Summit League), two-time defending champion Pepperdine (West Coast Conference), and Tennessee (Southeastern Conference).
The Cardinals are slated to utilize a different lineup from the first two competitions, which consists of Emily Haas, Katie Mitchell, Katie Petrino, Shannon Gramley, and Laura Restrepo.
Louisville is coming off its second-consecutive team title to the open the year, capturing its third-consecutive Cardinal Cup title on Sept. 16. After the first day, which encompassed two 18-hole rounds, the Cardinals trailed the leader nine strokes. Led by Haas, Louisville completed the comeback with the best third-round score for a six-stroke victory.
Haas carded a 1-under-par 71 in the third round to earn a fourth-place finish in the individual standings, while Mitchell fired a 1-over-par 73 through the last 18 to tie for fifth. Petrino (tied for 11th) and Oxner (tied for 14th) each finished in the top 15.
For the season, Haas leads the team with a 72.40 stroke average through five rounds, with four rounds even or below par. Mitchell and Restrepo each boast 74.60 averages.