REGULAR SEASON FINALE VS. CAVS
Jeff Walz's UofL WBB squad looks for their 25th win of the season with a 1 p.m. tip against the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville, VA. The Cards have cinched a 3rd place finish in the ACC regular-season standings but look to build momentum for the ACC Tournament that begins Wednesday
Where better to keep the momentum building than in the gym of an opponent celebrating Senior Day that you beat by 12 earlier in the season?
The Cavs have lost their mojo, losing five out of their last six...including a heartbreaking 72-70 fall at UNC Thursday night. Virginia (16-12, 6-9) has secured a spot safe from having to play on opening day of the ACC Tourney but will try to send seniors Sarah Imovbioh and Sara Beth Barnette successfully into home court retirement with a "W".
This one is on RSN and Fox Sports South (Deb Antonelli) for viewing and Matt and AJ jump back to WKRD 790 AM for the radio feed. We'll recap it later tonight.
SOFTBALL SWEEPS YELLOW JACKETS
Louisville Softball got the ACC season off to a successful start by swatting the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 6-1 and 5-4 in Atlanta yesterday.
LOUISVILLE 6 - GA TECH 1
Maryssa Becker was the story in the first game...tossing a two-hitter at GT and going to 2-0 in the season. The Cards were deadlocked at 1-1 going into the top of the fourth with Ga. Tech but a Kelsi Jones walk and Hailey Smith
homer to left (a booming blast OVER the scoreboard) set the tally at 3-1.
The Cards would push that to 6-1 in the sixth. Smith walked, stole second and scored on a Nicole Puhafl single. Brittany Sims sent a two-run blast out of the park to complete the scoring.
LOUISVILLE 5 - GA TECH 4
The Cards rallied from a 3-1 deficit to take the nightcap...Louisville getting six strong innings of relief from Shelby McCombs (3-1) to get the "W".
Becker began the scoring with a solo fence clearer in the first but Madi Norman was touched for three runs in the bottom of the inning. Jones scored on a Smith single in the 3rd to get within one and regained the lead in the sixth when Whitney Arion notched her third "see ya later" of the year with two on.
The two squads close out the series today with a noon start
LACROSSE DOWNS DENVER 14-9
Kaylin Morissette led a balanced Louisville LAX scoring attack to take Kellie Young's squad to 3-0 on the season. The Cards get the 14-9 win behinds Morissette's four goals and nine draw controls on the road. All the way, Kay!
The Cards held a 2-0 lead after seven minutes with goals from Faye Brust and Cortnee Daley. Brust and Heidi Smith scored in a ninety second stretch to give the Cards a 4-1 edge. Morissette went back-to-back in the net and Daley tossed one in to build the Cardinal advantage to 7-2 with nine minutes before halftime...but Denver put two goals on the board to send the Cards to the locker room up 7-4.
A strong second half start salted this one away for UofL.
Four straight Uof L goals... beginning with a Brust score just 45 seconds into play and net-finders by Hannah Koloski, Carlissa Corbett and Morissette pumped the Cards lead to 11-4.
Denver cut the lead to 11-6 before the Cards could counter with Koloski's third score of the afternoon. The Pioneers placed two more in the net to make it 12-8 with ten minutes left.
Koloski stepped up with her third goal a minute later and Morissette concluded the Louisville scoring to set the final 14-9. Goalkeeper Ashley Peacock had six saves on the day.
The LAX Cards return home for a Wednesday 3 p.m. tilt against Duquesne.
10 SECOND DRILL
- We expect the archived version of the CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR to be up and available for listening at Crescent Hill Radio later today. In case you missed it, Worldwide Jeff McAdams made his triumphant return to the microphone and filled us in on his Notre Dame excursion. We also reviewed the WBB Senior Night festivities and played senior audio from the post-game presser that you won't want to miss. Jeff took the WORLDWIDE Quiz and got a "B". See if you can beat him. The topic was ACC WBB.
It's radio that is unrehearsed, live, impromptu and the hour just seems to fly by. Link below:
A LAPTOP, TWO MICROPHONES AND TWO STOOGES
- Hats off to our February CARDINAL COUPLE contest winner Doug Anderson.
We've got a March Contest you can enter...pick the two teams who will play for the ACC Tournament Championship and total points scored.
Sonja says: Louisville beats Notre Dame and 123 total points are scored.
Leave your picks in the comments sections leading up to Wednesday or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org
WE got a CC T-Shirt and a $25 gift card from Cracker Barrel waiting for the winner.