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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Waiting and Wonderings -- Sunday Cardinal Couple

Scheduling and Distractions

If you listened to the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour yesterday, and shame on you if you didn't, the crew was...well...all over the place.

We had a lot of fun with our pal Daryl Foust joining us in the studio in place of Jared who was being responsible manning the bank counter.

Our typical "Scheduling and Twitter" segment last until 22 minutes after the hour, which may have set a new record for us.  Some of that can be attributed to the immense number of events that are happening during this period of Winter and Spring sports overlap, but most of it can be attributed to the constant distractions, asides, and tangents that we all partook in  (Daryl got coffee!).

UofL sports fans could use some distractions and amusements.  Tonight is the Men's Basketball Selection Show.  TBS has promised, though not in these words, to draw out the show even longer this year.  Come on bracket leaker, we need you now more than ever.

The question on every Louisville Basketball fan's mind is, will Louisville make it in.  Essentially every bracket selection projection has Louisville right on the bubble of Last Four In, or First Four Out.

Combine that with missing an hour of sleep last night, and a rather lackluster set of results from yesterday and UofL fans could be excused for looking for other areas of their life for affirmation.  Personally?  I'm going to go watch a building get imploded...there may be a metaphor, there.



Let's talk about some of those results from yesterday, though.


Softball split on the day.  The first game of the double-header was against UMass, not exactly a team known for Softball excellence.  The 2-5 loss gets credited to Megan Hensley, to put her at a 5-2 record for the year.

UofL got on the board first with a run by Nicole "Poof" Pufahl.  In the second frame, Poof got on base with a walk, advanced to 2nd on a Megan Hensley single, and made it the rest of the way around on errors.  The next inning wasn't kind to the Cards, though, with UMass putting up a 3 spot.

Small ball got the Cards 2nd and last score of the game in the bottom of the 4th, with Hensley reaching on a hit, and despite reasonable speed, getting replaced on the basepaths by Catie Barber.  She advanced to 2nd on a Jamie "Pride of New Egypt, New Jersey" Soles single, 3rd on a groundout fielder's choice by Jenna Jordan, and scored on an Alison "Mike" Szydlowski hit.

UMass would pick up two more on a triple in the 6th inning to finish the scoring and break UofL's 10 game win streak.

The second game would be a bright spot for UofL Athletics for the day.  Eastern Michigan was the foe, and the Cards dispatched them 10-6.  The win is credited to a new face, Darrianne Hale with Danielle Watson picking up a save.

Highlights in this one come from Celene "Funky" Funke, and Maddy Newman.  Funky was 3-5 with 3 runs and an RBI, Maddy went 3-4 with 2 RBIs and a run.  I wont try to do a recount of all the Cards scores in this one, but credit runs, also, to Caitlin "Fergy" Ferguson, Mike, Jordan Wolfe as a pinch runner, and Poof.

The Cards are back out on Ulmer Stadium field today with a 1:30pm start against Bradley (this is a bit of a delayed start from what was originally on the schedule).


Scott Teeter's rebuilding crew ran into a buzz-saw in North Carolina when they matched up with Duke yesterday.

This one started right as we went off the air yesterday from the CCRH, and if you're like me, you turned it off two minutes in when Duke took the lead 4-0.  A couple of relevant stats in the 21-12 Duke victory: Duke 19, UofL 2 - draw controls in the 1st half; Duke 40, UofL 28 - shots taken.

Louisville struggled, particularly in the first half, to gain, and retain, control of the ball.

We won't dwell on this one much, Duke is one of the top teams in NCAA and ACC Lacrosse, but there were some bright spots.  Caroline Blalock, who has quickly become one of the mainstays of the team, recorded a hat trick, going on to score 4 in the contest.  Tessa Chad, Julia Wood, and Madison Hoover would all record a pair.  Also cause for hope, although the Cards built a 20-6 deficit with about 20 minutes left in the game, they would outscore the quality Blue Devil team 6-1 the rest of the way.

The Laxers will look to get back to winning ways with an non-conference foe on Wednesday at 3pm at Mercer.


Other Results

Baseball continues on their season opening tear, with another win over North Carolina, 6-4.  Men's
Tennis wasn't so lucky against Notre Dame, losing 3-4.

Baseball will continue the series with UNC today at noon.

Have a great Sunday and let's hope Paulie can talk about the men's BB squad inclusion in the NCAA Tournament tomorrow.


1 comment:

  1. Projections on ESPN form Lunardi have MBB as one of the first four "out". I hope he is wrong.

    Curtis "I'd go to Dayton, how about you?" Franklin


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