Friday, May 13, 2016
One is enough....Louisville Softball downs Syracuse 1-0 in ACC Quarterfinals -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
LONE RUN IN FIFTH CARRIES CARDS TO SEMI-FINALS
Louisville Softball got excellent pitching from Megan Hensley and Maryssa Becker and was able to piece together two singles and a throwing error on a fielder's choice in the bottom of the fifth inning to defeat Syracuse 1-0 last night in ACC Tournament action.
Hensley and Syracuse pitcher Anna-Marie Gatti engaged in a pitcher's duel for 4 1/2 innings before the Cards got the lone run. Louisville had threatened in the bottom of the fourth with runners on second and third and just one out...but a hard hit shot by Nicole Pufahl was converted into a double play to get the Orange out of the inning.
The top of the fifth provided Syracuse sith their best chance to reach the plate. The inning started with two outs but back-to-back singles sent Louisville head coach Sandy Pearsall at the circle to replace starting pitcher Hensley with Becker. She got the Cards out of the jam.
Jenna Jordan and Sidney Melton produced singles in the bottom of the fifth and speedy Jessica Adell came in to run for Jordan. A Brittany Sims infield grounder ended up with a throw to first that sailed past the Syracuse first baseman and Adell scampered home for what turned out to be the only run of the contest.
Becker set the Orange down in order in the sixth and seventh innings to get the win for Louisville. The Cards had five hits in the contest...Melton providing two of them.
Just who Louisville will play in the semifinals is yet to be determined. The final game of the evening between Notre Dame and Virginia Tech was stopped after an inning with a rain delay and eventually postponed until today at 10:30 a.m.
Whoever the opponent is, they'll face off at around 3:30 p.m. today. Fox Sports South will show all the games today.
In other ACC action, #1 seed Florida State knocked off #8 seed Pitt 8-0 in six innings and #5 seed North Carolina advanced with a 6-0 win over #4 Boston College.
LACROSSE FACES NORTHWESTERN TONIGHT
The Louisville Lacrosse squad enters NCAA Championship play with a 7 p.m. first round match against Northwestern tonight in South Bend, IN. The Cards are one of 26 teams that are in the LAX dance and one of seven from the ACC.
ESPN 3 will show the match.
The Cards handled the Wildcats 10-4 in the regular season at the Louisville Lacrosse Stadium but Northwestern was responsible for putting Loucrosse out of the 2014 and 2015 NCAA Tournaments.
SYDNEY TO INDY
Syd Brackemyre has found a new home to continue her college basketball career and the former Card has landed a couple of hours away from the 'Ville at D II University of Indianapolis.
The Greyhounds also have a new coach in Krystin Draybin.
UofI went 10-20 last year...they return eight scholarship players from last season...none over 6'1".
Indy plays in the Division II GLVC (Great Lakes Valley Conference) and so does Bellarmine...so there's a good chance Syd will be coming back to the Ville at least once before her college career ends.
Good luck, Syd the Kid! Stay healthy and pursue your dream with passion. We'll keep an eye out for you in Knights Hall.