Friday, April 7, 2017
Big Weekend ahead for Softball...McCoy leaving OSU -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
SOFTBALL TRAVELS TO BOSTON COLLEGE
At 21-10 overall and currently fourth in the ACC standings with a 5-2 league record, the Cards travel to Chestnut Hill, MA to face the Boston College Eagles in an important three-game series in terms of conference standings.
Boston College is 20-12 overall and in third place in the ACC with a 6-2 record. The Eagles come into the contest after a 1-0 win over Bryant on Wednesday. Their game on Monday against Central Connecticut was cancelled due to weather. They did take two wins over Syracuse over the weekend...a third game was cancelled due to weather as well.
Jessica Dreswick gets it done in the circle for the Eagles with a 14-5 record and 2.10 ERA. Leading the way at the plate are Taylor Coroneos with a .365 batting average. Jordan Chimento bats .333 and Tatiana Cortez has eight home runs for BC.
Louisville has depended a lot lately on the arm of Maryssa Becker. At 16-5, she has a 1.91 ERA. The Cards went 1-2 against Notre Dame in the series over last weekend. She leads the ACC in innings pitched at 139. Megan Hensley has struggled with injuries but has posted a 5-4 record. At the plate, Nicole Pufahl continues her torrid streak with a .404 batting average. Seven of the Cards in the starting lineup are batting over .300.
Head Coach Sandy Peasall has had to deal with some adversities this campaign. Starting shortshop Sidney Melton suffered a torn ACL early in the season. Freshman Caitlin Ferguson was pressed into the position and, after a slwo start, has been performing well with the glove and the bat....hitting .345 and with 17 RBI's. Left fielder Jordan McNary has been sidelined recently under concussion protocol. The speedy slapper at the plate has been replaced mainly by Morgan Meyer...who fields well but bring an anemic .194 to the plate. Second and third base have been manned by a variety of infielders...Jamie Soles sharing time with Blaire Bass at second and Lillie Goetz and Alison Szydlowski covering the hot corner. Tiarra Sanabria, injury free for the first time in a couple of seasons, handles the throws at first and has found the ability to put Mr. Spalding where no one is standing with a .345 plate number.
Becker leads the ACC in innings pitched. Injuries to Megan Hensley and freshman Sydney Warriner in the circle have limited their appearances and effectiveness.
Softball by committee seems to be working for the most part, though. Pearsall, always the offensive geared and minded skipper, can point to her squads cumulative .303 batting average. Valuable experience for freshmen and sophomores in key spots only adds to the bright future of the squad.
Atop the ACC standings is Florida State. The 'Noles are 15-0 in ACC battles and a stellar 35-1-1 overall. They have four players batting over .400. North Carolina holds second with a 9-3 conference record and 30-9 season mark.
Best of luck to our hit and pitch Cards as they invade Beantown for this important and key stretch of the schedule.
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We noted with some interest that Tori McCoy is leaving Ohio St.
A member of the Big 10 All-Freshman team, she started for the Buckeyes and averaged 8.1 ppg and 4.9 rebounds. She departs "after being miserable the whole season" according to her father Tim McCoy. Also leaving the Buckeyes is freshman Kiara Lewis.
At 6'4" McCoy provides ability to be an effective paint-dweller. She has also directed all inquiries about her next school to be handled by her father. Schools have been calling...including Baylor, Kansas State, Maryland and Louisville.
The Cards were involved in recruiting her during her final two years of high school. In the 2016 class, she was ranked #10 overall and #4 at forward by ESPN Hoopgurlz. She made an official visit to Louisville in 2015.
McCoy’s criteria for her next school includes the ability to play with her sister, St. Thomas More senior Madison, who she FaceTimes at least once a day, Tim said. She also wants to play the versatile role she hoped she’d play at Ohio State, and “she wants to feel needed and developed,” Tim said.