Monday, April 9, 2018
Softball Slugfest,, Myisha Hines-Allen Draft Party a benefit for AIR -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
29 runs in Louisville Softball Loss
One of the difficulties that Louisville Softball has had this year is getting runners into scoring position but not being able to get them to home plate. That wasn't totally the case yesterday at Ulmer Stadium...the Cards plated 12 runs on 15 hits, but did leave 10 runners on base. The main difficulty that arose was the ACC Coastal Conference cellar-dweller Virginia unloaded on Cardinal pitching for 17 runs in taking the five-run victory. 17-12 sounds like a lacrosse or football score. Were Petrino or Teeter in the stands or drawing up plays?
Sandy Pearsall used half her staff...three pitchers...in the Sunday afternoon slugfest and possibly could have sent a runner over to Jim Patterson Stadium to see if Dan McDonnell had any un-needed arms around there...or scoured the SAC Building across the street to see if any student-athletes wanted to step-up, try their luck and retire a few Cavalier batters in the seven inning affair. Our photographer Jared Anderson was on hand -- I'm surprised we didn't see him down in the Cardinal bullpen warming up to go in.
Louisville (26-13) was cruising along pretty good after three innings, up 5-2 on the Charlottesville squad when the ball became lively. UVA erupted for five runs in the fourth inning...chasing starter Megan Hensley out of the circle. Her relief, Kyra Snyder, had one of those appearances that she'd just care to forget. Finishing the inning for Hensley and throwing in the fifth, she gave up six runs on six hits.
Virginia first baseman Danni Ingraham had a grand slam fence clearer in that pivotal fourth inning after Hensley loaded the bases. Ingraham also homered in the first and had seven RBI's.
Even though the Cards were able to come back and tie it in the bottom of the fourth, they could not keep pace with the hot Cavalier bats in the fifth and trailed 13-9 after five. It was already the most runs the Cards had allowed on the season and the Cavs still had two at-bats to go.
Pearsall, after checking to see if any Louisville Bats pitchers wanted a little relief work, went to freshman Paige Schindler to finish the fray. Paige actually turned in the best performance of the day in the circle for UofL...serving two innings and allowed just four runs on three hits and three walks. The Cards did find three more runs in their bats over the final two innings...but it wasn't enough to catch UVA in the series' final game.
For the Cards, Hensley did keep her hot bat burning...with 2-4 hitting (two doubles) and four runs batted in. Alison "Mike" Szydlowski picked up a home run for the Cards.
Out of the 29 hits in the 2 hour -54 minute long contest (pretty long by softball standards) 21 of the hits were singles. The pitching staffs combined for 10 walks and there were a total of five errors.
In the three game series (Louisville won Friday and Saturday) the Cards scored a total of 42 runs. If that's not a record for a three-game series, I venture it's in the top-five of all time. To compare, the Cards plated 12 runs against NC State in three games and just six against Notre Dame earlier this season.
Louisville heads to Syracuse for a weekend series against the Orange next...starting on Friday the 13th. The Cards are fourth in the Atlantic Division of ACC Softball with a 6-6 in conference record...trailing Florida State, Boston College and Notre Dame. Syracuse is sixth in the division at 4-10 and is 17-17 overall this year.
Let's hope the pitchers get a lot of rest over the next four days.
(Softball photos courtesy of Jared Anderson)
MYISHA HOLDING WNBA DRAFT DAY PARTY FOR CHARITY
Myisha Hines-Allen wants you to come join her Thursday, April 12th from 7-10 p.m. for the WNBA Draft. She's making it a fundraiser for the Louisville Metro Parks Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR) program. AIR is a non-profit organization that provides a wide range of recreational activities for individuals with intellectual or physical disabilities and their families.
The "watch" will be held at the Berrytown Recreation Center, located at 1300 Heafer Rd, in Louisville. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children and students.
Read all about it at the link below:
Myisha Draft Day Fundraiser
A great day to help out an organization near and dear to her heart. A wonderful gesture from a woman who gave her all for Cardinal WBB for four years. We encourage you to attend or donate! See the Tweet below: