BREANNE RAY'S 3 RUN BLAST GROUNDS CARDS
For five innings at Ulmer Stadium Wednesday night this Louisville vs. Kentucky softball clash was anyone's ballgame. The teams had gone scoreless through four innings...the Cats with two hits, Louisville one. Pitchers Maryssa Becker and Kelsey Nunley were cruising along. The teams had three hits between them.
Becker allowed one run in the top of the fifth, a two out Ansley Smith single and Christian Stokes double down the left field line gave UK a 1-0 lead. The Cards threatened in the home half of the inning...Brittany Sims smashing a double to center and getting to third with just one out...but the Cards unable to push her across the plate.
The sixth was the inning for doom for Louisville (22-9). Two UK singles set the stage for Ray's three run bomb over the centerfield fence and into the crowd of 500 or so gathered on the outfield knolls. The shot made it 4-0 Cats.
The Cards would try to recover. Louisville left two on the bags in the sixth. Two were on with two outs in the bottom of the seventh after Kayla Soles walked and Brittany Sims doubled to left...setting the stage for Kelsi Jones. Her deep fly to left center was hauled in at the fence by UK centerfielder Sylver Samuel to end it.
Sims had three of Louisville's five hits. Maryssa Becker went all seven innings for Louisville...allowing four runs and eight hits while striking out five. She drew the postgame praise of Sandy Pearsall for her effort. She was not backed up by the Louisville bats.
From feast to famine. Louisville had 33 runs in a three game sweep of Syracuse this weekend. Either Kelsey Nunley is that good of a pitcher (11-5 on the season) or the UK women's sports hex on Louisville isn't ready to fade. The Cards will go to Lexington for a return game on April 21st.
Plenty of softball to be played in the meantime...Louisville with road trips to Virginia Tech, DePaul and Ole Miss and a crucial ACC homestand against co-conference leader with the Cards...Florida State.
THREE CARDS PLAY IN ALL-STAR GAME
|Cooper defended by Durr in All-Star game|
All three of the UofL 2015 signees (Taja Cole, Sam Fuehring and Durr) that played in the All-Star game received adequate attention on the ESPNU broadcast.Cole finished with 13 points for the East and Fuehring had four...including a nice reverse layup to score against the West in the second half.
It was the first time in UofL women's basketball history that three signees have played in the annual McDonald's Girls All-Star East/West contest.
TURKISH TEAM UNCEREMONIOUSLY DUMPS ANGEL MCCOUGHTRY
Former UofL great and
Atlanta Dream WNBA star
Angel McCoughtry posted on Twitter via an Instagram
(a picture of her with another woman) that she has come out with and fallen in love.
The post indicates
she has been discriminated against, they have lost
family and friends.
Terrible, but unfortunately, not too big a surprise.
surprise me, but it does,
she was fired/let go/
from her Turkish team
as a result of her
posting pictures of her
Hell, it happens here, not a surprise it would happen
in a foreign country.
She seemed to love Turkey, and she seemed to
have a large fanbase in Turkey.
It saddens us here at CARDINAL COUPLE for her and
the fans. Especially when backward beliefs interfere with
a game and those who play it. We wish Angel a HUGE
season in the WNBA this year and have no doubt that
there will be plenty of European teams waiting in line
to ask the talented Ms. McCoughtry to bring her skills
to their squad. (Thanks to Jenny O for forwarding this)