HIT AND PITCH CARDS TO FACE SYRACUSE TO OPEN ACC TOURNAMENT
It's Survive and Advance Time for Sandy Pearsall's
Louisville Softball squad.
With the regular season behind them, Louisville takes their 34-14 overall record and 15-8 ACC performance to Raleigh, NC to start ACC Tournament play Thursday as the #2 seed.
Awaiting the Cards in the first game is #7 seed Syracuse. The Orange will most likely put pitcher AnnaMarie Gatti in the circle...which could be cause for concern for the Cards.
I got down to campus Tuesday afternoon to discuss the upcoming tournament with Coach Pearsall and a couple of the players. Sandy elaborates on Gatti, Syracuse and the tournament:
"She gave us fits when they came here. We really did struggle with her..we kinda struggled that whole weekend a bit against them...in getting our offense going. We obviously like to do a better job because Syracuse is a tough opponent. They're a very dangerous team that always comes to play. We like being the #2 seed but this is a tough match-up for us to start off with."
Brittany Sims is one of three seniors on the Cardinal roster and the only one of them to play all four of her years here at Louisville. The Lexington, KY native sees the tournament in this aspect:
"I think we're all very excited after this weekend. We went down to Florida State, put up a good fight and I think we showed everyone...including ourselves...that we can compete with anyone in this conference and we're looking forward to going down and doing it again."
Megan Hensley has had a phenomenal season as a freshman both in the circle and at the plate. The Ashland, KY pitcher will be experiencing her first ACC Tournament and offered her view-point on the upcoming three days:
"I'm so excited! I'm not sure what to expect. I didn't expect this time last year I'd be in the position I am right now. It's a big confidence thing to know we are the #2 seed going into the tournament and we can play with anybody."
River City Cards' Jared Anderson will be attending the tournament and we hope to catch up with him for a report on our Saturday radio show. Jared is the editor-in-chief for RCC now and a frequent guest on our THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR show and we're looking forward to his always excellent coverage of Louisville athletics. Be sure to check out their great website.
We'll also play the entire interviews with Pearsall, Sims and Hensley on our Saturday radio broadcast THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR which will air Saturday 11 a.m. on WCHQ 100.9 FM and on the internet at www.crescenthillradio.com