Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Cards v Cats Softball -- Round II...Tuesday Cardinal Couple
CARDS LOOK TO BREAK FOUR GAME LOSING STREAK AGAINST UK TONIGHT
If the University of Louisville Softball team shows up at John Cropp Stadium in galoshes, rain slickers and carrying umbrellas...you really can't blame them. Three out of the last four scheduled games for the Hit and Pitch Cards have been cancelled due to rain.
Fortunately, the weather forecast for Lexington tonight is rain-free with highs in the mid 60's. Should be a beautiful night for softball against #14 UK and the Cards should be well rested.
They'll need every advantage they can muster...the Wildcats have won the last four outings against UofL. Last time out, the Cards were shut out in Ulmer Stadium on April Fools Day 4-0. A game that was scoreless through four innings in a pitchers' duel between Maryssa Becker and UK's Kelsey Nunley. A three-run homer was the blast that sent Louisville to defeat. Louisville left seven runners on the bags in the contest while suffering only their third shutout of the season.
Louisville got in one game of a planned three against Ole Miss earlier this week in Oxford, MS. They fell to the Rebs 5-2...Kayla Soles' two-run blast the offense for UofL (24-14).
Leading the way at the plate for Sandy Pearsall's club this year is Kelsi Jones with a .386 batting average and Jordan McNary follows with a .378 success rate. Maryssa Becker has a 10-5 record from the circle and freshman Shelby McCombs has eight wins in twelve decisions.
We hope to get another matchup in the circle between Becker and Nunley...but the Cards will need to find a way to get some runs across the plate against the 11-11 hurler who has fanned 126 batters. The Cats are 28-16 on the season and dropped two out of three last time out against South Carolina.
This one will be shown on the SEC Network+ (which we understand is available on digital TV). Game time is 6 p.m. and will also be detailed on UKAthletics.com gametracker.
Both schools will keep you in the know on Twitter as well.
ROBERSON VISITS CARDS
While Jude Schimmel was autographing books Sunday, Jeff Walz was busy seeking an autograph of his own...hoping that Colorado transfer Arielle Roberson would find the UofL campus to her liking during a visit...she's also touring Purdue and West Virginia.
A two-time All Big 12 honorable mention...Roberson will technically be a fifth-year senior but might possibly have two years of eligibility left due to missing time with an ACL injury. Others say just one year...we say let's get her here first and then work on the time-frame.
The 6'1" forward could add some depth to the projected Cards front line in 2015-16. With Cortnee Walton, Emmonnie Henderson, Myisha Hines-Allen, and Syd Brackemyer returning (two out of the four sat out 2014-15 with injuries) and Erin DeGrate and Sam Fuehring hitting campus...there are a few questions about how effective this group might be. A seasoned, veteran paint-dweller could be a welcome addition to a team that does appear to have plenty of fire power at guard and the wing spots.
Word also gets to us that Christian Academy's China Dow is leaving MTSU and former Jeff Walz camper Haley Bodnar has departed from Purdue. Tis the season for changing address...