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Monday, March 16, 2015

SOFTBALL GETS THE SWEEP OVER VIRGINIA...SELECTION MONDAY TONIGHT...MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE



CARDS DOWN VIRGINIA 7-5


Sometimes in order to get the job done, you have to finish it yourself. Sophomore Maryssa Becker stepped up yesterday to keep the Cards perfect in the ACC. 

Louisville Softball is now 6-0 in the ACC with a 7-5 win over the Virginia Cavaliers Sunday afternoon at Ulmer Stadium.

Becker delivered the go-ahead runs with a two-RBI, one out single in the bottom of the sixth inning and then took to the circle to retire the Wahoos in order in the top of the seventh to push Louisville to the three game sweep.



This was a see-saw affair...the Cards exchanging runs with the visitors early, tying the contest up twice and not taking the lead until the bottom of the fifth when Whitney Arion smashed a two-rum homer to go up 5-3. Louisville had trailed earlier 3-1 before a solo shot by Kayla Soles drew them within one. 

Louisville tied the contest in the fourth...Soles reaching on a single and pinch-runner Morgan Meyer replacing her and scoring with two outs. 

Virginia tied the contest back up in the top of the sixth but Louisville filled the bases in the bottom of the inning...setting up Becker's single to left that put UofL ahead to stay. 


Becker gets the win to go to 5-4 on the year. She started the contest but gave way to Madi Norman in the top of the third. After four innings from the freshman, Becker returned to the circle to seal the deal in the top of the seventh. 

Both Kelsi Jones and Kayla Soles went 3-3 for Louisville (13-7) who will travel to Columbus, OH next for a mid-week doubleheader against Ohio State. 

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WHERE YA GOING, LOUIE?



The NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Selection Show will air tonight on ESPN at 7 p.m. and Louisville will learn their fate for first and second round action and where they are seeded. 

Cardinal Arena on campus is the place to be if you want to watch the selections with the University of Louisville women's basketball team and coaches. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the girls will sign autographs until 6:45. 


Speculation abounds about where the Cards will be seeded and where they will travel to begin Jeff Walz's seventh tournament appearance in eight years as the Cards head coach. Louisville is projected anywhere from the last two seed to a high fourth seed according to the various pundits and bracketologist out there...the NCAA will use its own pretzel logic to determine where the Cards will start their path on the road to Tampa. Paulie has been saying a #4 seed. Let's hope that is an underestimate...a #2 is what they deserve. 

CARDINAL COUPLE will be in attendance and we'll gather the facts and a few interviews for Worldwide's Tuesday article.
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GO WEST...YOUNG MEN

Let's hope last night's NCAA Men's Bracket Selections aren't a foreshadowing of what is to come for the ladies. Pitino's bunch got a #4 seed and is being shipped off to play their first two in Seattle...opening against the Cal-Irvine Anteaters. Yep...T-Will's and Peyton's hometown. 

I wonder if the NCAA would let them step back out on the court for a few drives and dunks? 

paulie
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18 comments:

  1. The last time I looked, charlie Creme at ESPN had us seeded 2nd, going to Texas.

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    1. Charlie's double dipping on comments again. LOL. Taking advantage of our buy one comment, get the secons one free sale...no doubt.

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  3. This Selection Show is really going to be interesting. Where our Cards land is going to matter a ton not just to us but to many other clubs that will be impacted by how we get treated in our seeding and region.

    My hunch is we're going to get treated pretty well by the committee in consideration for not being able to host the first two rounds. Hopefully that's not just wishful thinking on my part.

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    1. I don't think we've been treated well by the NCAA Committee since Walz got here. Even before that, when a good Tom Collen team had to open in Vandy and play Vandy in the first round. I'll always remember that game for a couple of reasons (besides the loss). A 70 yr old + Vandy fan wanted to fight me because I was cheering "too loud" and Howie Lindsey's appendix ruptered at the game and he was rushed to the hospital.

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    2. How did you do in the fight, Paulie?

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    4. It sounds like you have all the fun Paulie. It's not every day that a roundball fan gets a chance to throw down during a game and get charged with elder abuse at the same time. That's a classic tourney happening.

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    5. I chose not to fight...since a strong breeze probably would have sent the old guy to the canvas. Was more concerned about the Howitzer...

      Was hoping for a possible rematch when Vandy played UofL a few years later up at Xavier in the NCAA Tournament...but I was on media row for that one and he probably could get past security to throw down with me.

      The elder abuse probably wouldn't have held up in court if it had come down to any exchanging fisticuffs scenarios down in Nashville. I would have just breathed on him and probably sent him spiraling...I was a fan at that game, no official journalistic duties and I'm pretty sure we hit the hotel bar before the game where the team was staying to "hydrate".

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    6. Paulie on the road is a dubious time to challenge to fisticuffs. I saw him exchanging words with a tree once on a road trip. I think the tree was ready to (leaf) first...

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    7. The tree started it. I'm just glad that an arborist arbitrator was there to seperate us. I woulda torn him up from limb to limb
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    8. I saw Paulie challenge a trash can to a fight many years ago. It was after the trash can tripped him (according to him) in the park. You guessed it. Paulie got trashed by the opponent.

      Big Ed The Flatfoot (with a message from the underground)

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    9. Sounds like everyone is lucky that camera phones and youtube weren't around back in the day...

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  4. Walz was at softball yesterday with wife and daughter. They appeared to be having a good time. Did CC happen to get any comments from him while there?

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    1. I didn't make the game Sunday. Not sure if Worldwide attended or not. He gets pretty engrossed with Twitter when he's in the press box...he probably wouldn't have known Walz was there unless he eyed a possible tweet by Coach.

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    2. I was there, I did see him arrive (and tweeted about it), but I did not get words with him. It was really a good game to watch and engrossing to watch.

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  5. Is softball that good this year or are they just catching a few weak early conference opponents.?

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    1. Guess we'll know more about that after facing UNC in Ulmer this weekend. The Heels are 19-5, 5-0 and getting votes in the top 25 polls. Ohio State will be a good test for Louisville this week also.

      The Cards have hitting. Pitching is young but Becker, McCombs and Norman are holding their own. Closing out games late has been a Pearsall concern as of late...but Louisville did come from behind or a tie status to win on Saturday and Sunday.

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