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Monday, March 9, 2015

Monday Cardinal Couple - Softball Splits

Softball Splits with Northwestern and Ball State


There were three softball games played at Ulmer stadium Sunday, starting off at 11am with a matchup between visiting Northwestern and Ball State.  A contest that was dramatically in Northwestern's favor, with Ball State being run-ruled after five innings 13-0.

The next game up was Northwestern vs the Louisville Cardinals.  Again, the Northwestern Wildcats cruised to a victory over the hosting Cardinals 11-0, though it did take all seven innings to get there.  Maryssa Becker took to the stripe to start the game and held Northwestern scoreless through two innings and managed to get out of the third with only a single run scored.  She has an excellent double-play from Hailey Smith at 3rd base to Sydney Benz at 1st, and then a ground-out to Whitney Arion at short-stop to thank for getting out of the inning without more damage done.

After a run and three hits on Becker in the fourth inning, Madi Norman came in to take a shot at the pitching duties.  A ground ball to Hailey Smith at 3rd ended the inning.  A disastrous 5th inning, however, brought Becker back out to resume the hurling duties, but not before seven hits and 5 runs were registered with a 3-run home run blast counting for a large part of the scoring.  Once Becker was back at the pitching strip, a pop-up to short-stop Whitney Arion ended the carnage.

A 1-2-3 sixth inning kept a glimmer of hope alive, but the 7-0 deficit was not to be overcome.  The Cards fate was sealed in the 7th with 4 runs of off back to back homeruns.  The first a 3-run blast, and the next batter took a solo shot over the fence.

No scoring produced by the Cardinals in this one and through two games played at Ulmer, the cumulative score was Northwestern 24, Cardinals...both Ball State, and Louisville...zero.

The last game of the afternoon matched up the two sets of Cardinals, with Ball State and Louisville.  Finally some Cardinals would get on the board, but it wasn't clear which set would make the most impact.

It turns out the Louisville Cardinals would get the job done and continue a really rough day for our friends from the Hoosier State.

The scoring started early, with Kelsi Jones getting on base in the lead-off with a walk, got to second on a Jordan McNary single to left, stole third, and came home on a Hailey Smith single out to left.

In the 2nd, Tiarra Sanabria lifted one just clear of the centerfielder and bounced it to the fence, Sanabria stretched it into a triple and set up a series of RBI doubles by Brittany Sims, Jordan McNary, and Maryssa Becker for a 3 run inning.

In the 3rd, Ball State brought a new pitcher in, and...well...things didn't go well for her.  Five walks later, meaning 2 "runs", Ball State had enough and switched pitchers again and was able to finish off the side without further damage.  Another walk in the 4th inning put Whitney Arion on base and then made it home on a double by Alison Szydlowski that only missed clearing the fence by a couple of feet.

Going into the 5th inning up 7-0 on Ball State put the Louisville Cardinals squarely into run-rule territory and they quickly capitalized on the threat with Brittany Sims popping one over the left-center field fence, narrowly missing the nice new scoreboard, and ending the game on an 8-0 run rule.

Ball State wraps up the day with only a single hit, and no runs in 10 innings played in two games.

Ball State and Northwestern are both on their way home, and the Louisville Softball Classic will wrap up today with a double-header between Louisville and Illinois State.

Be sure to listen to the Cardinal Couple radio show Saturday for comments from Coach Sandy Pearsall about the Northwestern and Ball State games.

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Our second March contest will be the annual Cardinal Couple NCAA Tournament Pick 'Em...where you pick the 63 games that consist of the Big Dance. One point per correct selection and the highest number of correct picks takes the prize. 

What is that prize, you ask? Your choice of a $25 gift certificate to "a major name product merchant" and a absolutely fabulous Cardinal Couple T-Shirt if you finish second. 

Entries open when the Selection Monday show is over and will close when they tip it up in the first game of the tournament. 

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Our latest broadcast is up and running on the SoundCloud archives at CrescentHillRadio. It was a fun show...we re-introduce and formally name Sam Draut as our Radio Intern and he joins Worldwide and Paulie in the studio and they discuss hoops, softball, lacrosse and cereal. 

The lads also participate in a Worldwide quiz about the ACC Tournament and Don Paulie stops in for a visit. 

The studio audience went wild and was on her feet. 

It's radio with no boundaries, direction, meaning or importance...but it is jolly good fun and you learn stuff...so that's cool...LINK BELOW

HOOPS, HAIR-GEL, NORTH KOREAN CEREAL AND WORDS WITH WALZ


jmca

20 comments:

  1. Hi Cardinal Couple

    I am pleased and proud to win the first ever contest I have ever entered here at Cardinal Couple and plan on winning many more now that I know about this website.

    Paul asked me to provide the readers a little background one me. I am in New York City and work as a contract specialist for a major insurance company. I am originally from Louisville (Brownsboro Road area) and actually played football against Paul in high school. We became friends then I lost touch with him until recently when I found him on a Facebook search. I found this website and have followed it ever since. I have been married 34 years and have three children and five grandkids. My oldest daughter played lacrosse in high school and my other two daughters ran track. They are all three married now and one lives in Indy, so I get close to back home now and then.

    It is good to see Paul finally did something with his writing skills. He was our sports editor his senior year for the high school newspaper. Worst ever! LOLOL

    Big Ed the flatfoot with a message from the underground.

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    1. That is an interesting name you use Ed. Care to explain?

      The Real Joe Hill

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    2. LOL. Pretty sure the monicker was one from song lyrics....Copperfield or Copperhead or something like that

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    3. Good memory Paul. Those were lyrics from the Copperhead self titled album from the only release they ever had. Remember the Crescent Hill Reservoir and "car-hopping"? LOLOLOL

      Big Ed the flatfoot with a message from the underground

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  2. That is exceptionally cool that a Paulie bud from back in the day is in the house and is a big winner! We need to see a pic of you in your fancy new Card Couple tee shirt.

    I'm gonna look around to see if I can find any Copperhead recordings out there...

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  3. Think I found them...

    http://copperhead.info/index.htm

    I'm more of a .38 Special kind of a guy but they have some good stuff.

    Fifteen bucks is a little rich for a CD but they're probably playing catch up on their retirement plans. Went ahead and bought one.

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    1. Hi, Burn!

      I am familiar with that version of Copperhead but it isn't the band we were referring to. This was a Copperhead started by John Ciponella back in like 1972-73, They did one album and called it quits. Self titled album Copperhead with a album cover of a girl sitting in an empty room with a copperhead snake in the corner. The album starts with "Roller Derby Queen" and features "Kamikaze" and :We're Making a Monster". The song Big Ed and I are referring to in "Wang Dang Doo".

      The Copperhead I think you purchased is a southern rock band from the 90's with Harswell on guitar. They're OK...I'm more of a Skynyrd or Molly Hatchett guy when it comes to Southern

      The Copperhead album from the early seventies (or CD or whatever) is still out there and there a few You Tube recordings of it floating around too.

      Paulie

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    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwfS0foFykE

      The Copperhead album in it's entirety

      Paul

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    3. Ah. That's a great link. A Bay Area band from the early 70's...hardly southern rock that's for sure. Actually both bands sound pretty good.

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    4. John Ciponella. Quicksilver Messager Service. Ciponella's guitar work here really makes use of the "vibrating tremelo" he was known for. These guys must have written the lyrics while puffing herbal substances, though. LOL. God bless the 60- 70's Bay Area bands. One by one, they are slowly disappearing. God rest Ciponella. Died too young of lung cancer.

      Nick O.

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    5. Don't get Paulie (or me) started on musicology. He'll babble on non-stop. In my tavern-owner days he and I closed the joint down more than a few times discussing bands, musicians and songs that most of you probably have never heard of from the 60's and 70's. Jo Jo Gunne. LOL

      The Real Joe Hill

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    6. Hey, now. I did not think my comment would generate such a response. The Copperhead album Paulie has been discussing was one of those I bought out out the discount rack at a local record store, listened to it, liked it, put it on a cassette and we would listen to it on our Friday "travels" around the county. Paulie's 1969 Chevelle Malibu. Two Fern Creek guys, one Ballard guy and a Westport guy. Hitting the Crescent Hill Reservoir. Playing pickup hoops games at the old KMI gym. Trying to discover which way North was. Gatorade and gin. 10 cent beer night at Louisville Downs. Those Fridays were pretty fun. Saturday night was, of course, date night and we had to tone it down then.

      Paulie, whatever happened to baby Bobby Brody and Little Stan?

      Big Ed the flatfoot with a message from the underground

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    7. Haven't thought of those two rascals in a long time, Big Ed. Little Stan is a high-powered attorney now and last I head Brody had married a Syrian gal he met at college and moved to Damascus...but that information is probably 30 years old on him. .

      Paulie

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    8. I have a new found respect for Paulie knowing that he used to roll in a '69 Chevelle

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    9. LOL. Yeah...my "Green Ghost" had a 135 MPH speedometer and I pegged it a few times on desolate stretches of the old Jefferson Freeway in my mis-spent youth. There was this GTO, though, that I could never take in the quarter-mile...Equipped with a state of the art, in-dash Pioneer 8 track player. Boy howdies! LOL...

      Paulie

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  4. Any update on Jude's hand? She certainly seemed to be favoring for latter half of the game against FSU.

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    1. WE have feelers out to our contacts down at UofL. No word yet from them.

      Paulie

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    2. I noticed on Coach Sam's twitter that Jude's hand was still pretty tightly wrapped while they were waiting for the plane back to Louisville.

      Hope it's not too serious. Seems that I remember she had a similar injury either last year or when she was a Sophomore. I just don't remember if it was the same hand or not.

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    3. She's got 8-10 days to heal. Walz will probably address it if asked on his next radio show. Evidently she's gone into the witness protection program and is in hiding, because no one I've contacted down on campus knows anthing.

      Bushy eyebrows, fake mustache and horn-rimmed glasses
      She could be walking amongst us and we wouldn't know....LOL


      Paulie
      Paulie

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    4. Maybe we could borrow Faith Randolph if Jude can't go. VA is NIT bound.

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