PITCH AND HIT CARDS DOWN EKU 6-1
Mother Nature cooperated Saturday afternoon and Maryssa Becker helped her own cause in the circle in Louisville's 6-1 win over Eastern Kentucky University in the Louisville Softball Classic Saturday afternoon at Ulmer Stadium.
UofL (16-6) wasted no time getting the offense in gear...Sidney Melton's single and steal of second in the first inning set the table for starting pitcher Maryssa Becker's RBI single and the Cards led 1-0 at the end of one.
The second inning produced another Cardinal tally...when Mike went fence...the first home run of the season for catcher Alison Szydlowski. The score was Syd/Szyd 2 - EKU 0 after two.
Louisville plated four runs in the fourth...hot-hitting Morgan Meyer drove in Sarah Lopesilvero and Brittany Sims with a bases-loaded single and Becker picked up two more RBI's with a double that got Szydlowski and Melton to the plate...a Syd/Szyd base-clearer.
Becker would step out of the circle after four innings of shutout softball and give way to Megan Hensley...who allowed a run in the fifth and just three hits in three innings.
LACROSSE FALLS AT DUKE 16-5
Louisville Lacrosse suffered their first loss of the season Saturday afternoon in Durham, NC to the Duke Blue Devils.
Duke jumped on the Cards early with two opening goals before Julia Wood connected on an unassisted score. The offense was held in check the rest of the first half by the Blue Devils, though...and a 6-0 run by the home team produced a 8-1 halftime score.
Duke pushed the lead to 10-1 in the final half before Kelli Gerding went back-to-back with net-finders. The Cards would get no closer than that the rest of the way, though and were held to their lowest goal total of the season in the 16-5 loss.
A surprising large loss to the ACC foe and worrisome lack of points produced for a Louisville team that have been averaging almost 11 goals per contest. The Cardinal defense had been holding opponents to under seven scores a game...Duke being the first team this year to record double-digits scores against UofL.
Kaylin Morissette did win 12 draw controls in the game...Louisville travels to Canisius Wednesday for their next contest.
THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR
Our Saturday radio show rebroadcast is available at the Crescent Hill Radio website for listening. We had a fast paced, lively discussion of Louisville women's basketball, softball, lacrosse, track and field, swimming and diving and where we think the Cards might land in the NCAA's Selection Monday for WBB.
We also sampled audio from Sandy Pearsall, Cortnee Daley and the ubiquitous Quentin Hillsman and several Syracuse players.
It's worth an hour of your time to give a listen and we'd sure appreciate it if you gave us a "click"!
LINK: THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR 3-12-16