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Monday, September 22, 2014

Softball goes 3 for 4 over weekend...Golf tees off today....MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

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The University of Louisville Softball's first fall exhibition weekend got off in fine fashion with three wins in four games at Ulmer Stadium. UofL head coach Sandy Pearsall played a lot of freshmen, got solid pitching from Maryssa Becker and freshman Madi Norman and scored 28 runs in the four games against Bellarmine, Wallace State and EKU.


Louisville 3 - Bellarmine 0

Freshman Madi Norman started the fall exhibition slate in the circle for the Cards and delivered a one-hit, seven inning performance against the Knights. Senior Whitney Arion went 2-3 and scored two run. Reshirt freshman Nicole Pufahl went 2-3 also and scored the other Louisville run.

EKU 5 - Louisville 3 

The Colonels jumped on starter Maryssa Becker for three runs in the top of the first and the Cards could not overcome the early assault...losing by two to the Richmond, KY school. Arion provided a two-run fence clearer in the bottom of the first for Louisville. The Cards could only manage one score the rest of the seven innings.


Louisville 10 - Wallace State 5

The Cards broke out the bats late against Wallace State...breaking a 5-5 tie in the fifth with five runs on four hits and two walks. LSU junior transfer Hailey Smith went 3-4 and Madi Norman picked up her second win of the exhibition slate with the seven-inning win.

Louisville 12 - Bellarmine 1

The Cards used 12 hits to double-digit defeat the Knights. Sophomore Morgan Meyer went 3-4 and Pufahl had another strong day at the plate with a 3-3 performance. Maryssa Becker mastered in the circle...allowing just one run and five hits in seven innings. 


"We saw some good things from our younger players this weekend," said UofL head coach Sandy Pearsall. "We were missing a few of our players from the lineup, but it was good to be able to move people around. Obviously we have a lot to work on, but we will continue to improve."

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The University of Louisville women's golf team is taking its first true road trip of the year, when it
travels west to the Golfweek Conference Challenge that features an 18-team field in Wolcott, Colo.

The three-day event, which lasts from Monday, Sept. 22-24, is being held at the Tom Fazio Course at Red Sky Golf Club. Live scoring will be available on

The par-72, 54-hole competition is designed to pit one school from 18 different conferences, with Louisville representing the Atlantic Coast Conference. Other teams participating include Colorado (Pac-12), Denver (Summit League), two-time defending champion Pepperdine (West Coast Conference), and Tennessee (Southeastern Conference).

The Cardinals are slated to utilize a different lineup from the first two competitions, which consists of Emily HaasKatie MitchellKatie PetrinoShannon Gramley, and Laura Restrepo.

Louisville is coming off its second-consecutive team title to the open the year, capturing its third-consecutive Cardinal Cup title on Sept. 16. After the first day, which encompassed two 18-hole rounds, the Cardinals trailed the leader nine strokes. Led by Haas, Louisville completed the comeback with the best third-round score for a six-stroke victory.

Haas carded a 1-under-par 71 in the third round to earn a fourth-place finish in the individual standings, while Mitchell fired a 1-over-par 73 through the last 18 to tie for fifth. Petrino (tied for 11th) and Oxner (tied for 14th) each finished in the top 15.

For the season, Haas leads the team with a 72.40 stroke average through five rounds, with four rounds even or below par. Mitchell and Restrepo each boast 74.60 averages.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Louisville Softball and Lacrosse announce fall schedules -- Thursday Cardinal Couple

Softball hosts seven games in fall

If you can't wait for the thrill and excitement of University of Louisville softball this don't have to! Sandy Pearsall has released the fall schedule for the Bat Cards an the next three weekends will feature action at Ulmer Stadium. 

Saturday, September 20
12:00pm - Louisville vs. Bellarmine
2:30pm - Louisville vs. Eastern Kentucky
4:30pm - Bellarmine vs. Eastern Kentucky
Sunday, September 21
11:00 am - Bellarmine vs. Wallace State
1:30pm - Louisville vs. Wallace State
4:00 pm - Louisville vs. Bellarmine
September 26
7:00pm - Louisville vs. Alumnae
October 4
12:00pm - Louisville vs. Campbellsville
2:30pm - Louisville vs. Campbellsville 

Softball at UofL is free and the newly renovated Ulmer

Stadium doesn't have a bad seat in it. The Cards return six

starters and 13 letter-winners from the 2014 AAC 

Championship team.

All AAC Kayla Soles and Whitney Arion are All-

NCAA Central Region pitcher Maryssa Becker. Hard-hitting 

Kelsi Jones and Brittany Duncan return for their senior 

seasons also. The Cards continue with the youth movement

having eight freshmen or new players on it'll be

your first chance to look at the future of the Cards as they

prepare for their first ACC season this spring.

Batter up! 

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Kellie Young and the 

Louisville Lacrosse team are

taking a different approach

to their fall season...hitting

the road for

their first four matches

before returning to cozy Louisville 

Lacrosse Stadium.

2014 Fall Schedule
Sept. Boston University...Boston, Mass.
Sept. Harvard Tournament...Cambridge, Mass.
Oct. John Hopkins...Baltimore, Md.
Oct. James Madison...Harrisonburg, Va.
Oct. 17...Team Banquet...Louisville, Ky.
Oct. 18...Alumnae Game...Louisville, Ky.
Oct. 25...vs. Marquette and vs. Detroit Mercy...Louisville, Ky.

LAX Louisville returns some of our favorites and past 

Cardinal Couple Radio guests in Faye (Fabian) Brust, Kaylin 

Morissette, Steph McNamara, Cortnee Daley and Kayla 

Sleece. They'll help 12 freshmen get acclimated to the 

Louisville Lacrosse Program. 

The Cards went 16-4 last season and won the BIG EAST 

regular season and tournament titles. They also advanced 

to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling

to Northwestern.

Time to break out " Joker and the Thief"...Lacrosse is 

back, baby ! 


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Finally today, we bring you further on Fuehring. This from the
Observer's website CARD GAME. Thanks to Charlie Springer for the permission. You can access Charlie every day at:


Fuehring had great feeling about Louisville before making the trip

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Samantha Fuehring says knew before she got to the University of Louisville on her official visit that UofL was where she wanted to play her college basketball.
“Before visiting, I always had a gut feeling. And I just woke up one day and said I need to go here,” Fuehring told “And just visiting there made everything much better. I felt like I fit in. The coaching staff was great, the girls were funny, and everything was just amazing there.”
Samantha Fuehring
Samantha Fuehring
Fuehring, a 6-foot-3 forward, averaged 20.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game for a Lodi, N.J. Immaculate Conception team that went 22-6 last season. She is ranked 26th by and she picked UofL over California, Dayton, Rutgers, Seton Hall, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Tri-State describes Fuehring as “an edgy, hard-nosed forward with perimeter skills and a college-ready body. Sam prefers to bang inside than score outside but does both with a high level of efficiency. She plays with intensity and is a fierce competitor.”

U of L’s 2015 class, which is ranked No. 2 nationally by All-Star Girls Report behind only UConn, also includes No. 2 Asia Durr (guard), No. 15 Taja Cole (guard), No. 27 Erin DeGrate (center) and No. 33 Brianna Jones (guard).


Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Cardinal Couple -- Great Scott! -- Courtney Scott headed to Maryland Softball


- Softball assistant to take Terps head coaching position

- Want to see it again? Shoni aerial attack revisited...

If Sandy Pearsall needs to issue "Hello, My Name Is..." tags this fall to her coaching staff, one can give her a dispensation and understand why.

In the third coaching change within a week for Louisville Softball, assistant coach Courtney Scott is expected to be named head coach at Maryland today. 

The move follows the hiring of Stacy May Johnson at UofL earlier in the week and the departure of Carol Bruggermann. 

Someone run down to campus and see if the stadium is still named Ulmer.

The move for Scott is a good one an a return to territory she is familiar with. Scott spent two years on the Maryland staff before coming to Louisville in 2010. Her bio at Louisville is impressive, to say the least:

Under Scott's tutelage, Maryssa Becker was named to the 2014 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I All-Central Region second team as a pitcher/utility player. She became the first Louisville freshman to earn all-region honors since Keola Calderon was named to the South Region second team in 2000, the program's inaugural season. Becker was named one of the top 25 finalists for the inaugural National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I National Freshman of the Year trophy and earned American Athletic Conference second team honors.

The 2013 UofL pitching staff posted a 2.38 ERA and led the league with 47 wins. Catcher Maggie Ruckenbrod also led the conference with 11 pickoffs and earned NFCA All-Region second team honors. Pitchers Caralisa Connell and Rachel LeCoq were selected to the All-BIG EAST second team while Ruckenbrod was named to the third team.

The Cards' pitching staff was ranked fourth in the nation in 2012, with a 1.39 ERA while Chelsea Leonard led the nation with 12 saves. Pitcher Tori Collins and catcher Taner Fowler were tabbed NFCA All-Americans and pitcher Caralisa Connell earned All-BIG EAST honors. Along with the success of the team came honors for the Cards' coaching staff which was named the NFCA Great Lakes Valley and BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year.

In her first season (2011), Scott's pitching staff battled injury, but still posted 38 wins and 13 shutouts. Tori Collins finished the season ranked 10th in the nation with 10 shutouts. Caralisa Connell earned All-BIG EAST honors in her rookie campaign. Fellow freshmen Maggie Ruckenbrod and Taner Fowler teamed to pick off a league-best 13 runners.

Her departure leaves Coach Pearsall with one assistant coach left from the 2013 season...volunteer coach Jim Miller. No word yet on who will replace Scott.

The Maryland search for a new head coach began on June 25th:

After nine years at the helm and following the worst season in the program's history, Maryland softball head coach Laura Watten will "pursue other opportunities."

The Cards mirror the Terps in several aspects...going into a new conference, facing changes in the Softball coaching staff and coming off a less than spectacular season. Pearsall will miss the wise guidance available from Bruggermann and the pitching staff development from Scott...but the fact still remains that the Cards have one of the best head coaches in Division I Softball. Pearsall has great talent returning and a very impressive freshman class waiting to get on the diamond. 

Best of luck to Courtney Scott from all of us at CARDINAL COUPLE in her new job and we hope you can return Maryland Softball to prominence. 


If you happened to miss the "Schimmel Show" Saturday in the WNBA All-Star's a "brief" recap of the 3-point barrage. 

Yup. Same ol' Shoni. Same ol' magic....Link and address:


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday Cardinal Couple - Coaching Updates

Tis the Season for New Coaches


Friday's Cardinal Couple edition brought the news of a new assistant coach for Field Hockey.

Cardinal Softball has added a new assistant coach as well, and this one will be a familiar face to long-time UofL Softball fans.  Stacey May-Johnson was a Volunteer Assistant Coach with Sandy Pearsall from 2008-2010 while she was pursuing her Master's of Science in physics.

May-Johnson has an impressive Softball resume in addition to her solid academic credentials.  She played her four years of NCAA softball at Iowa where she earned Big-Ten conference freshman of the year in 2003, followed up with three years of being selected to the All-Big-Ten Conference team as well as NFCA All-Midwest Region team.

After graduating from Iowa with a BA in Accounting and a BS in physics, Stacey played for the National Pro Fastpitch League's Chicago Bandits for four years (2006-2010), and followed that up with 2 years of playing on the US National Softball team (2011, 2012).  She served as an Assistant Coach at her alma mater, Iowa, from 2011-2014.

May-Johnson joins Courtney Scott as an Assistant Coach on the Sandy Pearsall squad, along with Jay Miller as a Volunteer Assistant Coach, and Lisa Pinkston as the Director of Operations for Softball.

Swimming and Diving

I wanted to pick up a couple of past announcements that we have been remiss in not covering here at Cardinal Couple.


Konzheng "KZ" Li has been added as a Diving Coach for the UofL Swimming and Diving team.

KZ has previous Head Diving Coach experience for college teams at Michigan, Minnesota, and George Washington where numerous of his divers earned conference championships, and made NCAA championship appearances.  Several divers under his tutelage have earned NCAA championships as well.

Li has also coached in Australia, and has served as a coach or head coach of some 20 US National Teams, including for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

KZ's personal diving resume sports more than 50 international diving competitions, three of which were appearances in the Olympics with the Chinese National Team, including his very own Olympic medal, a bronze earned in 1984 in Los Angeles.

Li replaces the retiring Mike Zehnder.


Also under Arthur Albiero, Associate Coach Ryan Wochomurka has been promoted to Associate Head Coach and Men's Recruiting Coordinator.

Wochomurka has been with the Cardinal program for seven seasons.  Ryan is an alumnus of Auburn, and was a member of the US National Swim Team from 2002-2004.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sunday Cardinal Couple -- Decision Sunday for Lacrosse, Softball


- Softball, Lacrosse face season ending scenarios

UofL women's sports fans have an odd doubleheader of sorts today available for viewing...Softball against UCF today at noon and Lacrosse at 2 p.m. versus Northwestern.

Losses today by either squad will end their seasons. Kellie Young's squad has gone further than they ever have before in the history of the sport at UofL...making the NCAA Tournament and winning their first round match. The Northwestern squad they face today is fifth seeded in the 26 team tournament field, at home and has won 19 consecutive NCAA Tournament games when playing in Evanston, IL.

Softball gets a UCF squad that had trouble shaking a pesky Rutgers team yesterday...the Knights had the bases loaded in the seventh inning, one out and trailing 8-5...but could not deliver the upset. UCF was the #1 seed in The American Softball Tournament and a win over Louisville today would
make the Cards a very remote possibility for the NCAA Tournament with a RPI of 50.

We think both squads have a very good chance of keeping their seasons alive today, though. Lacrosse is on a 12 game win streak and getting solid production from their attack, midfield and defensive players. Kellie Young has multiple scorers in Faye Brust, Nikki Boltja and Kay Morissette who can take a game over in a matter of minutes. Good news, also for those fans who want to watch it...

The contest starts at 2 p.m. ET and will be streamed free of charge on the Big Ten Digital Network's site. It also will be televised on the Big Ten Network on tape delay, starting approximately 3 p.m. ET.

Softball dropped the regular season series to the UCF Golden Knights but has been playing much better ball since their visit to Orlando and getting the best pitching they've had this season from Rachel Le Coq, Maryssa Becker and Caralisa Connell. Sandy Pearsall's "Hit and Catch" Cards have also been on a home run frenzy in Houston...putting six over the fence in two games.

The American Digital Network will show the final between Louisville and UCF starting at noon ET.

Comparing the two seasons, the two squads...its been a supremely surprising and satisfying season for Lacrosse. Kellie Young told me months before the season began that this group had a chance to be something very special and she was right. Softball...on the other hand...returned a solid hitting lineup, strong pitching, talented newcomers and a new facility but fell short of most people's expectations by not winning the AAC after being the preseason pick to do so.

Redemption songs available for singing today for Pearsall's squad and another "finish" opus awaits Young's netters.

The NCAA Softball selection show will air tonight at 10 p.m. on ESPNU. We hope the Softball Cards can eliminate any doubt of participating by taking care of business today.   

Good luck to both squads today!

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Finally, UofL women's golf ended their three-day stay at the NCAA Regionals in 18th place. The top eight from each region advance to the golf has ended for the season...ironically...when most people are starting to renew it for the year.


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wednesday Cardinal Couple...Cards v Cats tonight at Ulmer


-  #10 Kentucky to face softball Cards tonight

***** GAME UPDATE*****

UK scored four runs in the top of the eighth to win in extra innings against Louisville 7-3. We'll have more on this in the Friday edition of CARDINAL COUPLE...

As if Derby Week in Louisville didn't already have enough excitement and events...the Louisville Belknap campus will be flooded with over 1000 fans and watchers dressed in both Red and Blue for tonight's Louisville vs. Kentucky softball contest. Game time is 6 p.m. 

UK comes in at 40-11 overall and 13-8 in the SEC. They dropped two out of three over the weekend in Knoxville to Tennessee in their most recent outing...the Vols ranked #8 in the NFCA polls. 

It'll be the second matchup between the two this season.

Louisville travelled to Lexington on April 2nd and took a 5-0 loss to the Cats. Kelsey Nunley got the win for Big Blue...holding UofL two just three hits (two by Kelsi Jones) in the complete game shutout. 

Louisville is riding a 31-18 record and enters the contest after sweeping Temple at Ulmer Stadium over the weekend. The Cards scored 30 runs in the three wins and the squad is batting .303 as a team on the season. 

Louisville leads the series 18-15.

Admission is $5 for attending the game inside Ulmer and seating on the outfield berm is free. Koetter Construction will be honored before the game with several other companies that assisted with the Ulmer Stadium expansion. 

A key win over a top 10 opponent would look awfully good on the Cards NCAA Tournament-worthy resume. Louisville ends the regular season in Memphis on Derby weekend. 


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thursday Cardinal Couple -- Softball stumbles @ IU...Lacrosse today!


- Hoosier rock Softball Cards 8-3

- Lacrosse final home game today vs. Marquette

The University of Louisville softball team played their final non-conference game of the season at Bloomington, IN on Wednesday evening against the Indiana University Hoosiers and the results were less than desirable against the BIG 10 foe...Louisville falling 8-3 to IU.

A rocky start for the Cards...allowing three runs in the first inning...two more in the third and two in the fourth before plating three runs in the fifth to avoid the five inning, game ending rule.

Coach Pearsall used all four pitchers on the roster in the event but Caralisa Connell saw 0.1 innings of action before being replaced and the Hoosier batters teed off on Maryssa Becker, Rachel Le Coq and Tiarra Sanabria.

The Cards return home to host AAC foe Temple for three games this weekend...first pitch is Saturday @ noon.

The Cards need to take care of business to have any shot at contending for a conference title. Standings below:

                               Conference            Overall
     Team                   W   L   T   Pct       W   L   T   Pct
     UCF.................   9   3   0  .750      33  15   0  .688
     Houston.............  11   4   0  .733      28  15   0  .651
     Louisville..........   9   6   0  .600      28  17   0  .622
     USF.................   7   5   0  .583      33  13   0  .717
     Rutgers.............   5   7   0  .417      21  16   0  .568
     Temple..............   5   7   0  .417      15  20   0  .429
     Memphis.............   4  10   0  .286      20  26   0  .435
     UConn...............   3  11   0  .214      12  31   0  .279

Louisville also needs some losses by UCF, USF and a sweep of Memphis next weekend @ in Elvisville to be top-ranked for the AAC Conference tournament in Houston....which begins May 8th.

Maybe not the season we hoped for....Louisville pitching has been marginal at best despite two returning starters. A pleasant surprise from freshman Becker...but less than spectacular results in a conference that isn't all that strong.

If it wasn't for transfers Kelsi Jones and Brittany Duncan, one wonders if this team would actually be that close to the leaders in conference.

 Saturday’s games will honor the military and on Sunday, Louisville will honor seniors Caralisa Connell, Taner Fowler, Katie Keller, Hannah Kiyohara, Rachel LeCoq and Maggie Ruckenbrod.


Lacrosse puts their undefeated conference record on the line today against Marquette at the Louisville Lacrosse Stadium at 4 p.m.

This should not be a problem for the Cards. Marquette is in their second season of Lacrosse and they are mired at the bottom of the BIG EAST conference standings with Cincinnati.

One can expect the scoring juggernaut of Boltja, Brust, Daley and Morissette to provide plenty of chances for Al Greenert and the pep band to play the Louisville Fight Song.

Hats off to one of my favorite Lacrosse player to interview....Faye Brust...for the award below:

April 22, 2014
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week
Faye Brust, Louisville, Jr., A
Brust registered a pair of five-goal games last week, beginning with a crucial showing against Connecticut on Thursday before duplicating the performance against Rutgers on Saturday. After the Huskies started off with a 1-0 lead, Brust provided the game-tying score before adding the go-ahead tally two minutes later as the Cardinals never lost their lead from that point forward. The junior’s five goals against the Scarlet Knights came on five shots. She also picked up a pair of ground balls last week as the Cardinals remained undefeated (6-0) in BIG EAST play to clinch the top seed in the upcoming Championship.

All the way, Faye !!! (or 'Fabian' some of the other Lacrosse players instructed me to call her Saturday)

Come out and support your University of Louisville lacrosse team today as they try to run the BIG EAST table !!

Louisville 6-01.000984312-3.800226125
Georgetown 5-1.83377478-7.533176154
Connecticut 4-2.66772599-6.600166149
Villanova 3-3.50057688-7.533144149
Temple 3-3.50063636-9.400139164
Rutgers 2-4.33365718-8.500132162
Marquette 1-5.16751625-10.333129171
Cincinnati 0-6.000301006-10.375131207

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Saturday Cardinal Couple -- Cards two-hit JU to start tournament


- Jones continues hot streak as Louisville wins 5-0

- Paulie makes a campus visit

- Radio today

- Shoni interview 

If the University of Louisville softball team has been watching the women's basketball team as of late, they did a good impression of the hoopster Cards slow starts. Jacksonville and Louisville went through four innings of scoreless softball Friday afternoon before Louisville broke through for two runs in the fifth inning en route to a 5-0 whitewash of the Dolphins.

Seniors 'Carl' Connell and Rachel LeCoq combined for a two-hit shutout and junior Kelsi Jones went 2 for 3 in Louisville's fourth win of the season.

Jones got the Cards started in the top of the fifth with a single up the middle and reached home later in the inning when Brittany Duncan also singled. Morgan Meyer took to the basepaths for Duncan and also reached home on a Katie Keller single.

Le Coq pitched her way out of a bases-loaded dilemma in the bottom of the took that long for Jacksonville to get their first hit of the keep the Dolphins scoreless.

Louisville added three more runs in the top of the seventh. Jones walked, Whitney Arion got her first hit of the season...a bunt single and once again...Duncan drove Jones home with a hit. Maggie Ruckenbrod sent both Arion and Duncan to the plate with a booming double. 5-0. Cards win, Cards win !!!

Louisville takes on Notre Dame at 9:30 this morning. We may even have a final for you on this one if you listen to the radio show today. Unfortunately (for us) it's a studio broadcast and we are not on site to do live coverage of the Irish and Cards. Warm sounds good these days...


Speaking of radio "daze", I headed down to campus yesterday to get a little interview time in with Coach Walz and Coach Young. I should have known things were going amiss when I realized that I had left my main digital voice recording voice on the counter at home after arriving. I carry a backup, though...which had two dead batteries.

(Memo to me: ALWAYS carry backup batteries...)

Undaunted, I sought out the counsel of Kathy Tronzo, the affable sports information program assistant who sits in front of Kenny Klien's office.

She's also the keeper of batteries. I owed her a couple of AA from a previous "dead air" issue and had dropped them off earlier. This time, I needed AAA and she came through again. After a brief chat, I headed back to Walz's office. Director of operations Mary Beth Whittaker informed me he was in a meeting on the third floor. I was on the second floor. She told me I could wait in his office and I did just that.

On the way, I did see Jude Schimmel walking down the hallway. At a brisk pace...and a perfunctory 'hello' was about all I could get in.

I also stuck my head in Coach Karen's soccer office and we chatted amicably for several minutes. I should have turned my recorder on.

Coach's office has a playpen (for either Lola or Jude...I wasn't able to ask), some great pictures of his older children and trophies and such. He's got a cup full of coins on his desk that is overflowing and a coffee table with a lot of Max Lucado books on it. The chairs are quite comfortable (I tried both) and almost snuck over and sat in his...thinking it might be great fun if he came into his office, I was behind his desk and if I tersely told him...

"Got some bad news, Jeff...there's been a change. This is my program now. I hear UT might be looking at options..." 

I didn't use the chair, though. I waited. I thumbed through one of the books. I answered a text from a reader. I rearranged the order of my credit cards in my wallet. Recalled and pondered the rise and fall of the disco era. No Walz.

Finally, I had to beg leave to get to my interview with Coach Young. Ms. Whittaker was most apologetic and told me she had texted him twice that I was there. That was probably the noises I heard on his desk. She invited me to stop back by after my lacrosse interview. I nodded.

I ended up texting coach a couple of times to see if he had returned. No reply. I went to work after stuffing my face with pizza. It's a comfort food. I was inconsolable. Was Coach in imminent danger...lost in the maze of third floor hallways without a GPS or his cell phone? Did he sneak off into the night like Charlie Strong did when he left the university and, if so, why did he leave all that change on his desk?

I do hope Coach eventually got out of the third floor meeting and will be able to go to Memphis.  I guess I should have known something was up (although I never found out what was up) when I saw a couple of local TV sportscasters headed into the SAC. I suspect they ended up on the third floor also. Or in Lola/Jude's playpen. I didn't stick around.

Fortunately, Coach Young was in and we had a great six minute chat that I'll play on the radio show this morning. Coach Young is always a great interview. I still have it on my "to do" list to punch Adam Himmelsbach for body-slamming her in a yellow journalistic piece earlier this year in our "one great newspaper". Or birdcage liner. Yep, a real tough guy. Dissin' the lady.

I also thought about asking the questions I had prepared for Walz to Coach Young. Or her oldest daughter...who was also present. She's a bit big for a playpen. And it's across campus as well. Maybe Jude could babysit case Coach Young ends up on the third floor.

Just another interesting Paulie experience on the campus of the university in the greatest college sports town in the world. It is good to get reinforcement from time to time to remind me just how insignificant this independent, non-profit website is in the entire scheme of things. And, rightfully so.

I get it. Priorities take place. A man is at the top of one of the most successful women's basketball programs in the college landscape. The fortunes of 15 young women and a career and a philosophy are daily tasks. We know quite well where we are in the pecking order.

Stuff happens.

I did get to see Jeremy Yates, though, and tease him about his gray sweater that the girls were dissing in the post-game Temple press conference. He didn't have it on.  I think he sold it to the Temple Owl mascot.

And...I'm looking into adding a third floor to our humble abode.  It seems to be the way to go these days.


Radio today will feature hoops, softball, lacrosse and other sports talk and we'll play the Young interview. A quiz, Paulie's Picks and it is rumored Don Paulie may stop by. All that and a bag of chips from a basement on a hill. 11 a.m. Join us, won't you? Link below.



Here's an interesting piece sent to me by reader Kenny S. that features Shoni and a guy in a suit. Enjoy!


Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday Cardinal Couple --Altered schedule for Softball


- Changes in the Cards softball visit to Jacksonville

-  Tell your statistics to shut up: UofL softball stats  

-  Shoni picks up another honor

Louisville softball is making their way to Jacksonville, FL for the Jacksonville University Tournament. In case you haven't heard...the southeast got slammed by an ice and snow storm that has caused travel nightmares and mucho inclement weather.

Louisville was scheduled to face the Missouri Tigers to open up today. UM has backed out of the event because of the slip-sliding away conditions. (Jacksonville itself is fine...with weather in the mid-fifties and temperatures rising). Getting there is the issue facing Louisville, Notre Dame and North Carolina...other participants in the three-day event besides the Dolphins.

So, here's the update (as of 7 p.m. Thursday night)

Louisville will play their first game Friday at 4 p.m. against Jacksonville. The Cards take on Notre Dame at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and North Carolina at noon. UofL will play Notre Dame again Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

Dogsleds and parkas optional.

It's a good early season test for Pearsall's pulverizers. The #23 Cards are seeing two future ACC opponents and Jacksonville is no slouch...going 3-2 in the FIU Tournament last weekend with a win over DePaul and two wins against Maryland.

The Dolphins have a force in pitcher Victoria Brown, who went 2-0 in Miami and belted three home runs. She had six RBI's and her ERA was 0.00 with ten strike outs in 14 innings.

The Cards are 2-0 lifetime against JU. They knocked the Dolphins out of the water last year in this tournament 9-0.

We'll do a preview of UNC and Notre Dame in Saturday's CC.

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Hard-hitting Katie Keller has been named to the Top 50 Watch List for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. The senior second baseman has also been selected to the preseason All-AAC squad. So far this season, KK is batting .333 in five games...fourth best on the Cards squad.

Keller has six hits in 18 at bats...two of them doubles...and has scored four runs and driven in two. She's started all five games.

Newcomers are at the top of the UofL hitting stats. Missouri transfer Kelsi Jones is 7-16 (.438) with two home runs and has scored seven times. Freshman Jordan McNary follows at .400 and Valpo transfer Brittany Duncan gets show money at .364.

Hitting hasn't been much of a problem for UofL. Getting around the bases far. Louisville is batting .252, which is about average...but has only managed to score 19 runs on 34 hits and 20 walks. That's still seven runs better than the opposition...but slightly less that four runs per game.

Three pitchers have thrown out of the circle so far. Caralisa Connell sports an impressive 0.93 ERA, Rachel LeCoq with a 2.84 earned run average and freshman Marissa Becker checking in with 3.15. The hurlers do have 35 strikeouts combined...Cardinal batters have walked back to the dugout on K's 21 times.

Good luck Cards in J'Ville and show the ACC what's on tap for them!

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Awards and noninations for Shoni Schimmel seem to be as commonplace as varieties of green beans in the canned goods aisle of the grocery store....but the Umatilla Thrilla has picked up another one. Here's the release on the latest:

Senior guard Shoni Schimmel was named one of the Top 30 midseason candidates for the Women's Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T. Schimmel joins four UConn players, giving the American Athletic Conference five players on the list. Schimmel was also named to the Wooden Midseason list in January.

The Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T is awarded annually to the men's and women's college basketball players of the year. The voting academy bases its criteria on player performance throughout the season. The Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors narrowed the 50 pre-season watch list down to a midseason team comprised of 30 candidates. From there, four finalists will be selected to the final ballot in March. The Naismith Award winner will be announced on April 7, 2014.

Schimmel was named to the preseason list after being a key player in the Cardinals' success last season. She was named the Most Outstanding Player for the Oklahoma City Regional. She also earned WBCA All-Region honors and first team All-BIG EAST honors.

This season Schimmel is leading the Cardinals in scoring with 17.7 points per game. She also leads the Cardinals in three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 38.8 percent. She ranks fourth in the conference in scoring. She leads the conference and ranks second in the nation in three-point field goals made with 3.5 per game. She currently ranks second on Louisville's all-time scoring list with 1,971 points.

Needless to say, we approve of this message and have just one more request for get this group of Birds a National Championship trophy that Coach Walz can sit in his office next to his jar of Geno's spaghetti sauce.