Monday, May 4, 2015
Softball blasts by Pitt...LAX starts NCAA against Northwestern -- Monday Cardinal Couple
THREE HOME RUNS LEAD CARDS PAST PITT
Home runs accounted for eight of Louisville's nine runs against Pittsburgh Sunday and Shelby McCombs pitched five innings of one-run relief to give Louisville the series win in the final regular season game for the Cards.
The start was less than hoped for in this one...Pitt touching Maryssa Becker for two singles and a three-run blast from Carly Thea that put the Cards in an early hole.
Shelby McCombs relieved the Louisville ace in the third inning and allowed an additional run in the fourth on a solo fence clearer by Maggie Seville.
The Cards bats woke up in the top of the fourth when Whitney Arion doubled, came home on McCombs double and McCombs got the free ride on Kristina Dillard's first home run of the season to cut the Panther lead to one.
Louisville took control in the top of the seventh with a six-run eruption. After a Becker walk and Arion single, McCombs drilled a shot over the fence to make it 6-4 UofL. The Cards continued to circle the bases...Kayla Soles getting a walk and Brittany Sims singling to set up a three-run "touch 'em all" by Hailey Smith.
It is good to see the Cards bats on a hot streak as the ACC Tournament rolls around. They've scored 21 runs in the last two games. It's also pleasing to see that Shelby McCombs is providing a second strong pitching option for Sandy Pearsall.
The Cards finish the regular season at 30-16 and 16-7 in their inaugural season in the ACC. They'll head to Blacksburg, VA for the ACC Tournament as a #4 seed where they'll face NC State Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
LACROSSE RECEIVES AT-LARGE BID TO NCAA TOURNAMENT
Louisville Lacrosse is one of seven ACC schools to get bids to the NCAA Lacrosse Tournament.
On the selection show last night, the Cards discovered that they will be headed to a familiar venue...Evanston, IL...to begin play against the Northwestern Wildcats on Friday, May 8th. Winner of that one gets the winner of the Ohio State vs. Notre Dame contest. The Cards are in Maryland's bracket in the 26 team format.
Louisville began the 2014 NCAA Tournament in Evanston and advanced to the second round with a double overtime win over Ohio State before losing to Northwestern.
The Cards went to Evanston earlier this season and fell to the Wildcats 12-10. Louisville fell behind 10-5 in that one before rallying to lose by only two. The Cards finished the season 10-7...winning two games in their first season against ACC competition.
Congratulations to Lou LAX for their second straight NCAA bid!