Happy Thursday, folks! We inch closer to the weekend and we are almost to the point of the final women's sports with home events. Louisville softball and Louisville track and field have their final home events this weekend and then campus will go quiet for the summer for women's sports.
Softball Chasing Rankings and Records
Louisville softball has had its best season in years and arguably its best season in the Holly Aprile era. At 32-14, Louisville needs just three more wins to match their 35-win season from 2019. The last time Louisville broke 35 wins in a season before that was 2016.
Louisville, from an offensive standpoint, has been one of the best in the country. A couple individual players rank highly in various categories and the team as a whole ranks in a few.
Super-senior Taylor Roby has written herself in the Louisville record books and is trying to write herself into the NCAA record books. Roby is now the Louisville "Home Run Queen" by owning both the single-season and career records for home runs.
Roby is currently tied for first in the NCAA with 19 home runs. Her .858 slugging percentage is 13th in the country. Her 50 RBIs ranks 16th.
Sophomore star Korbe Otis is already turning heads. In Louisville's 46 games, she has reached base safely via walk or hit in 43 of them.
Otis' seven triples places her third in the country, just two behind the leader. The center fielder scores on average of 1.22 runs per game, sixth best in the NCAA. Otis has 61 hits on the year, ranking 18th in the country. Her .508 on base percentage is 29th. Her .415 batting average ranks 38th.
Many thanks to Korbe Otis, Louisville has 18 triples this season. That mark is fourth best in the country and the top of all Power Five schools. As a whole, Louisville boasts a .323 batting average, which is 13th best in the country. Their .410 on base percentage is 15th. Louisville has a .518 slugging percentage, placing them 20th in the country,. The Cards average 5.96 runs scored per game, placing them 26th in the NCAA.
Most bracketology polls have Louisville in the NCAA Tournament as either the 2-seed or 3-seed in a Regional. A series win against Boston College this weekend can only help improve their positioning. Pending the results against BC and how Duke fares against Pitt this weekend, Louisville can lock in the 3-seed in the ACC Tournament. The top 10 teams in the 13-team softball conference qualify for the ACC Tournament May 10-13.
Carmen Griffiths to Compete at NCAA Regionals
Carmen Griffiths has been selected as an individual to compete at the NCAA Regionals for Louisville women's golf. She will compete in the Westfield Regional in Westfield, Indiana from May 8-10.
Griffiths averaged a single round score of 72.8 this season for the Cards. Her best finish this season was a -8.
Each NCAA Regional site hosts 12 teams and six individuals on teams that were not selected for the tournament. While Louisville did not make the tournament as a team, Griffiths will be able to represent Louisville.
Happy Thursday and Go Cards!