Thursday, April 13, 2017
Cats clobber Cards 10-1...Papa John questions Athletics leadership at UofL -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
BATTLE OF BLUEGRASS A BLOWOUT
Kentucky Softball came to Ulmer Stadium Wednesday night for batting practice and decided to make a game of it while they were at it. The Cats pounded Maryssa Becker and Megan Hensley for 10 runs and nine hits...while Louisville could only manage four hits and one run against UK's Meagan Prince.
Sandy Pearsall explains:
"We started out the game giving up some walks and committing errors and that didn't help us. We brought Becker in and she just didn't pitch well for us today... This is over, it's past and we've got a lot more games to play"
And, such is the game of softball...where a disappointing loss on a Wednesday can't be dwelled upon too long...the weekend brings an important ACC series against Virginia Tech.
UK touched Cards starter Megan Hensley for a run each in the first and second innings. Wearing a protective mask on her face because of a broken nose...and suffering from a lingering shoulder injury...Hensley was pulled from the circle after two innings, which Pearsall had planned to do before the game, and Becker took the ball.
And the Cats greeted her with four runs to blow the contest wide open.
Hensley did return to the circle to start the fourth inning...due to Becker's ineffectiveness...and finished the game in the circle for the Cards...allowing four more runs in the final three innings.
Hensley had a hand in the Cards lone score. Her double to left-center in the fifth inning set up a Jenna Jordan RBI single that scored pinch-running Celine Funke. Jordan had two hits, half the Cards game total, in the contest.
UK put up four more runs in the top of the sixth to set the final tally and a run-rule situation for the Cards in the bottom of the sixth. Louisville failed to put any runs up.
A good crowd, almost a 1000 on hand for this one under perfect weather conditions. A scattering of blue in the seats who had the chance to celebrate the majority of the contest.
Quite a few Cardinal student-athletes on hand for the game. Mariya Moore , Taylor Johnson, Kylee Shook and Bionca Dunham all spotted in attendance from UofL basketball. Inger Katrine Bjerke (K.B.)...women's soccer standout defender...and her always big smile graced the seats as well.
The 10-1 win is the largest margin of victory by UK in the series...surpassing a 9-1 win back in 2001.
You shake it off, get in a little extra hitting practice move onto the next one. Pearsall seemed confident that there wouldn't be any problem with the team's motivation attitude for the crucial weekend series in Blacksburg. You can catch her post-game interview with Paulie and THE CARDINAL sports editor Dalton Ray below.
SANDY PEARSALL POST GAME KENTUCKY
PAPA JOHN TURNS UP THE HEAT ON CARDINAL ATHLETICS LEADERSHIP
"Papa" John Schnatter...Papa John's Pizza founder and CEO...has questions about visibility, it seems. Not in his own situation...he often is the main actor in his pizza commercials...but in terms of the UofL Athletic Department. Schnatter, who is also a member of the UofL Board of Trustees used the Wednesday meeting to express his viewpoints.
Schnatter says that the leadership of the UofL Athletics Department is "invisible" to the University's governing board. Tom Jurich, of course, is at the top of the Athletics department as Athletics Director. He also said:
"The athletics thing scares me...until you fix athletics, you cannot fix this university."
Whoa, Nellie! Let's get a few things straight here, pizza man.
Athletic funding is a separate area from University funding, sir. The new football stadium renovation funding is not a drain on the university and is privately funded. And...every dollar spent by the Athletics department returns at least a two dollar return in profitability.
Tom Jurich did not comment on Papa's remarks. Kenny Klein, a spokesman for the athletics association did issue a statement via e-mail.
"Tom's leadership of our athletic department is well documented, has been highly successful, is fiscally sound, transparent and speaks for itself. The UofL Athletics board of directors has governed our department and been involved in all decisions."
Tom Jurich is quite accessible, in my opinion. I'm sure he'd be glad to appear before the university's governing board and show the incredible successes of and answer any questions about UofL Athletics.
John has been, and will continue to be, a very large financial donor to University of Louisville athletics. A lot of the things that Louisville athletics have been able to build and create were backed with dollars by John. The UofL Athletics community is very grateful for his financial generosity. Maybe John needs to stick to what he knows, though. Sauce, toppings, funding and making TV commercials, instead of attacking and questioning one of the most successful, if not the most successful athletic departments in the nation and their leader.
Don't confuse pepperonis for black olives, Mr Schnatter. Athletic expenditures do not increase the cost of a student attending college. They're two separate areas. Breadsticks and garlic sauce.
Just smile and sign a check, John. Keep using better ingredients but stop busting the best A.D. in the business. Tom and his crew know what their doing. Trust in Tom. Smile when you walk by those booths in the football stadium and the KFC YUM! Center that sell your pies.
And, thanks for all you do with your dollars and donations. Just leave the opinions off this product.