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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.

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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...



paulie
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8 comments:

  1. Bodnar never actually played for Purdue. She had a leg injury before she ever got to school and sat out the year. Word is she wants to return home and play for a Utah school. No front runner yet that are being listed.

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  2. SEC Network + provides hundreds of additional digital only events to fans through the WatchESPN app on smartphones, computers, and tablets, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. SEC Network + is not a television channel.

    So, you can watch the Cats beat the Cards in softball tonight. Anyone coming up to Lexington for it?

    Matthew Mitchell For Governor

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    1. Can't make the trip today. I'll try to watch on SEC+.

      Paulie

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  3. Hey Paulie,

    Colorado is a Pac 12 School now.

    Roberson has sat out twice for ACL. When she first got there in the 2011-12 season and also this recently completed season (2014-15). Sounds like a gamble to me.

    Nick O.

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    1. Right you are, Nick! Pac 12... Unfortunately, I can't make any information changes on the site while I am at work...so it'll have to wait unless WorldWide stumbles on it.

      I can comment on comments, though, and I'm of the "don't count the money until it is in the register" train of thought on this one. If she gets here, I'll weigh in. I will say we've had girls here with knee injruies before....Asia Taylor, Shawnta' Dyer, Sherron Vails...to name the most recent...and they came back pretty well. Syd Brackemyer seems to be recovering from her ACL quite well.

      Paulie.

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  4. Can't say I understand the gamble Coach is playing here either, but if it is only one year, there is no harm done. The scholarship was going to go unfilled anyway. If we are looking at more than one year, it is a bigger head scratcher. Either way, he gets paid the big bucks for a reason, not me for my opinion.

    Hoping your mentioning Dow does not mean there is interest? Did not much care for her game in high school. Not sure of her circumstances for leaving MTSU, but feel assured if she can not cut the mustard there (for whatever reason) it is not going to be any easier here. Hopefully you were just mentioning it as she is a local kid, not because there is interest.

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    1. Pretty much just due to the local interest.

      She was a star at Christian Academy. Not sure how serious (if at all) Louisville's interest level was in her back then and couldn't say if there is any currently, but the current roster for the Cards has plenty of guards and/or wings either already here or coming in.

      Paulie

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    2. Dow's playing time vanished as the season went on.

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