BAT CARDS SPLIT ON OPENING DAY
The Louisville Softball squad got good pitching on the opening day of the Islander Tournament...winning 7-0 over Sam Houston State and losing 1-0 to Iowa Friday.
The Cards got a two hit, five shutout innings in the circle performance from freshman Megan Hensley...who also went 4-4 at the plate...to down SHS in the opening game. Louisville struck for five runs in the second, including a home run from sophomore Nicole Pufahl. Hensley homered in the top of the third to make it 6-0 and a Jordan Verbrink double plated Jordan McNary for the final score.
Maryssa Becker tossed two innings of relief for the Cards...allowing just one hit.
Against Iowa, Madi Norman got the start and delivered 1.1 scoreless innings before giving way to Becker. Iowa scored the lone run of the contest in the third on a Louisville fielding error and double from Whitney Repole.
Louisville had runners in scoring position in the first, sixth and seventh innings but could not push a runner over the plate. Becker struck out nine in 5.2 innings of relief...allowing just two hits.
The Cards take on Iowa again today at 11 a.m. and will face host Texas A&M Corpus Christi around around 1:30 p.m.
MORISSETTE GETS HAT TRICK IN LACROSSE 8-5 WIN
Louisville Lacrosse overcame freezing temperatures and a second half Temple rally to down the Owls in Philadelphia 8-5 Friday. Kaylin Morissette had three goals for the Cards, who go to 2-0 with the win.
Morissette had two of Louisville's first three scores and the Cards got two net-finders from Hannah Koloski to take a halftime lead of 5-1 over Temple. Cortnee Daley got her second score of the game to start the second half and Louisville also got scores from Julia Wood and Morissette to hold a 8-3 lead with four minutes left in the game before the Owls scored twice in the final 3:30 for the 8-5 finish.
Brittany Read had four saves for the Cards...who had a 17-7 shot-on-goal advantage over Temple.
Louisville was scheduled to travel across town to face Duquesne on Sunday but the match has been cancelled due to weather concerns. The Cards return home and will face Denver at the Louisville Lacrosse Stadium Saturday, Feb. 20th at 1 p.m.
We'll be in the studio for another exciting edition of The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour today at 11 a.m.
Hoops galore, softball and lacrosse will be the areas of discussion.
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THROWING IT AWAY
Cardinal women's track and field throwers continue their successes this winter in the Samford Invitational.
Dolly Nyemah took the weight throw with an impressive 21.25 meters and Emmonnie Hensderson set a meet record in the shot put with a toss of 16.12 meters.
According to Mississippi Highway Patrol, the crash happened in Benton County near the intersection of US 72 and MS 7.
MHP said 23-year-old Taina (Ty) Laporte collided with a Freightliner truck operated by a 63-year-old man from Alabama. He was not injured in the crash. She died at the scene.
The volleyball and track star was in her senior season at Ole Miss.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by Ty’s death,” Ole Miss Athletics Director Ross Bjork said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, her teammates, coaches and our staff during this difficult time. Everyone in the Ole Miss family offers our deepest sympathy to everyone who was touched by Ty’s amazing and infectious spirit.”
"Anytime someone in the Ole Miss community passes away, especially someone like she was, it really hurt all of us as a family," student Taylor Karr said.