Saturday, April 23, 2016
Louisville Softball and Lacrosse both face Syracuse today...Cardinal Couple Radio Hour -- SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
TWO DIFFERENT CITIES BUT SAME FOE
Louisville faces Syracuse today. Squared. While the lacrosse team takes to the road to face #4 Syracuse at noon in the Carrier Dome (yes, you read that right...lacrosse in the Carrier Dome)...the Syracuse softball team has made its way to Louisville to face the Cards in the KFC YUM! Center.
(Just kidding...the softball double-header today will be at Ulmer Stadium!)
**SWING AND HIT CARDS LOOK TO HOLD ON TO 3RD PLACE**
Louisville (30-9, 11-4) begins action at noon in the first of two against a Syracuse squad that is nestled in fifth place in the ACC with a 24-19 overall record and 8-9 conference mark.
It is Pink Out Day to promote breast cancer research and awareness and the Pearsall Cards will be in custom-made pink jerseys which will be auctioned off with proceeds being donated to the Livestrong Foundation through the YMCA. If you go, don that pink T-Shirt!
Louisville enters the contest on a five-game win streak...sweeping North Carolina Central last weekend and defeating IU and Virginia Tech previous to that. Maryssa Becker leads the way for the Cards in the circle and at the plate with a .446 batting average and 17-6 pitching record that sports a 1.84 ERA.
Megan Hensley was recently named a top 25 finalist for the Schutt Sports/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Freshman of the Year. The Ashland, KY native is hitting .383 and has compiled a team leading 13 home runs. In the circle, she's produced a 13-3 mark.
Hit the ol' ballpark today for two! Be advised with the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Track Invitational taking place next door at Cardinal Park...traffic on the north end of Floyd could be rather congested and slow. ESPN 3 will also have the broadcast with Don Russell and Stephanie Cantway discussing the swings and misses in case you can't root, root, root for the home team.
****LACROSSE ENDS REGULAR SEASON AT SYRACUSE****
Louisville Lacrosse will also be on ESPN 3 today at noon with their regular season finale against the Orange in the Carrier Dome.
Louisville comes into the contest #8 in the nation with a 13-3 overall and 3-3 ACC body of work...having recently lost a tear-jerker on Senior Day to Virginia 10-9 last Saturday at the LLS.
Loucrosse has never defeated Otto the Orange's laxers in six attempts. The #3 Syracuse squad stands at 13-4, 4-2 and won a close one against the #16 Cornell Big Red on the road Tuesday 9-7. (Why would you nickname your school after a soft drink, I ask you?)
An interesting scout by the Louisville Sports Information department on the upcoming match...indicating that sophomore Brittany Read will be in goal for the Cards. We had received reports last week that her season is done and she didn't participate against Virginia. We suspect that the information may just need updating in the files and that recent arrival Kelli Gielner will be between the pipes.
Or maybe it's the fastest ACL recovery in modern medical history. These doctors these days...
The scoring foursome of Hannah Koloski (36 goals) Kaylin Morissette (34 goals) Cortnee Daley (32 goals) and Kelli Gerding (23 goals and a team-high 21 assists) will most likely need to put up double-digit numbers on the scoreboard if the Cards are to put this one in the "W" column. Last year, the Orange squeezed out a 16-8 victory in the LLS.
The Cards need a solid ACC win after losses to the Cavs, Blue Devils and TarHeels. Today would be an ideal day to get it. The road trip = loss scenario that has bugabooed the Cards lately could play a factor in seeding for the NCAA Tournament. Go take care of the roadwork, Loucrosse!
The CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR will occupy the airwaves on WCHQ 100.9 FM today for our weekly look at the events and results of Louisville women's Athletics. The show is also available on the mysterious world of the infinite Internet at www.crescenthillradio.com for 60 minutes (or 3600 seconds) of the joy and excitement of UofL women's sports.
We've got a couple of great treats for today's broadcast (which starts at 11 a.m.) which will stumble through somehow without WorldWide in the chair to the left of me. He's floating down a lazy river in Hungary or something like that this week...but we'll have BIG RED LOUIE'S sportswriter Jared Anderson in studio with us for the first half of the show and then an exclusive look at the Kentucky Derby from four of Churchill Downs most respected handicappers to close the show in the final half hour. You'll want to hear what Tom, Scott, Dave and Charlie have to say!
It should be a real special broadcast today and we invite you to grab your notebook and write down the words for your Derby dossier.
DISCLAIMER STUFF: The opinions expressed by the handicappers are in no way associated with the official viewpoints of the staff or management of WCHQ 100,9 FM Crescent Hill Radio. The broadcast is for entertainment purposes only and we make no claims of guaranteed success of the opinions expressed.
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