Saturday, February 20, 2016
Louisville Softball wallops Wisconsin 7-1....Lacrosse vs. Denver today -- SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
CARDS JUMP ON BADGERS EARLY IN ACC/BIG 10 CHALLENGE
Sandy Pearsall will tell you she is a big fan of the offensive part of softball. She also values the strong arm of pitcher Maryssa Becker. Coach P got the best of both worlds yesterday in Raleigh, NC as the Cards bombarded Wisconsin 7-1.
Becker turned in a strong performance in the circle, going the distance and allowing an unearned run while punishing the Badgers at the plate with a double, home run and three RBI's.
Louisville (5-1) put up a three run first inning...starting out when Sidney Melton and Jordan McNary reached safely and scored on a Becker double down the left field line. Becker scored the Cards third run of the inning when sophomore Nicole Pufahl singled her home.
Becker kept the Badgers at bay until the top of the sixth...a throwing error allowed Wisconsin a run after a walk and fielders choice.
Louisville responded in the bottom half of the inning in big fashion. Becker led off with a home run to right-center, Megan Hensley took Mr. Spalding for a ride to left-center and Pufahl smashed the Cards third consecutive "touch em all" with a blast over the center-field fence. Louisville would add a fourth run to make it 7-1 when Hailey Smith reached home on a Brittany Sims single.
The Cards are showing the bats early this season...scoring at least six runs in their five wins. Pufahl has three home runs so far and Hensley has cleared the fence twice.
Louisville plays twice today....facing Nebraska at noon and going against Wisconsin again at 2:30.
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LACROSSE HOSTS DENVER TODAY
Cards LAX puts their 2-0 record on the line today at 1 p.m. against DENVER at the Louisville Lacrosse Stadium.
UofL comes into the contest after a win last week at Temple. Cortnee Daley leads the Cards with five goals in the two games...Kaylin Morissette has four scores and three assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Read has allowed just 11 goals on the season and has racked up an impressive 16 saves so far.
Balanced scoring has been a key for Kellie Young's squad this year...seven Cards have scored this season. Read is coming off ACC Goalkeeper of the Week honors.
Denver (1-1) took down Fresno State in their opener and fell to Colorado last time out. The Cards are 2-1 lifetime against the Pioneers...defeating them last year in Denver 14-9.
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THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR
We'll be in-studio for another action-packed hour of THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR this morning at 11 a.m. to bring you the joy and excitement of Louisville women's athletics. We have a busy docket today...reviewing and previewing hoops, softball, lacrosse and swimming. We've also got audio from Jeff Walz, Sandy Pearsall, Mariya Moore, Myisha Hines-Allen, Arica Carter and Jose Fernandez.
Join Worldwide and me in the fun at WCHQ 100.9 and on the Internet at www.crescenthillradio.com
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