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Monday, April 30, 2012


-Cards sweep Georgetown series with Sunday win to go 25-0 at home. 

-Another McCoughtry

(Photo by Sandy Walker) UofL Softball team watches
highlights video on scoreboard.
The University of Louisville softball team said farewell to three seniors Sunday in the final regular season home game of the year and defeated Georgetown 3-0 to go to 47-2 on the season and 17-2 in BIG EAST play.

Collins delivers a two
hitter in five innings.
Senior Tori Collins pitched five innings of two-hit softball and Louisville put up a run in the third, fifth and sixth innings to defeat the Hoyas...who drop to 19-32 and 3-15 in the BIG EAST. 

A pitcher's duel through two and a half innings before Louisville broke the ice when Katie Keller singled with two outs in the bottom of the third and scored on Alicja Wolny's triple to give the Cards a 1-0 advantage.

Coach P 25-0 in Ulmer
in the regular season.
Louisville added their second run when freshman Whitney Arion led off the inning with a single and eventually scored on Jennifer Esteban's infield single.

The Cards increased the lead to 3-0 in the sixth. Maggie Ruckenbrod singled and Kirsten Straley came in to pinch-run and advanced on a ground-out and steal... touching home when Taner Fowler singled.

Louisville turned three
hits into three runs Sunday
Collins gave Louisville five strong innings after a shaky start when Georgetown had runners on second and third in the top of the first and just one out. She got Taylor Koenig on a play at the plate when Macensey Carter tapped a grounder to third baseman Kayla Soles. The throw to home and Ruckenbrod got the second out of the inning and Collins struck out the next Hoya batter to get out of the jam. 

Collins had five strikeouts on the day and sophomore Chelsea Leonard picked up her ninth save of the season with two innings of one-hit relief. 

Ruckenbrod's tag out at home kept
the Collins shut-out intact. 
Besides Collins, utility player Tesha Paysen and outfielder Kristin Austin graduate for the 2012 Cardinals. They discuss their career at UofL with Cardinal roving reporter Jared Stillman at the link below. Austin leads the BIG EAST with a .420 batting average going into today's game.

UofL Softball seniors discuss their careers at UofL

Cardinal softball seniors Kristin Austin, Tori Collins
and Tesha Paysen
The #9 Cards travel to Knoxville for a game against #6 Tennessee Wednesday ( Hey, Fox Sports about picking this one up for broadcast?) and finish up the regular season Derby weekend with three games at St. John's on May 5-6. Then, it's BIG EAST Tournament time in South Bend starting Thursday, May 10th...where the Cards hope to be the #1 seed. 


We wonder if Rick would let
this McCoughtry ride his
We all remember the exploits of Angel McCoughtry on the court for the University of Louisville women's basketball. The Atlanta Dream WNBA star prepares for the start of the season in just a few days and will help pursue USA Women's Basketball's goals of bringing home the gold later this summer in the Olympics. 

We doubt the McCoughtry horse
can do much at the charity stripe...
even though the old Herb Crook
tongue move is in place.
There is another McCoughtry out there as well. This one is a 3 year old filly owned by Rick Pitino and trained by James Jerkins, Jr. called A.McCoughtry who ran today at Belmont in her second race ever. Despite starting dead last in the six furlong race, jockey Sam Camacho, Jr. got her motivated in the stretch and she finished a closing 4th in maiden special weight company out of nine runners. Back on March 25th, the filly from Overbrook Farms was a closing third at Aqueduct Race Course in her first race ever.

A.McCoughtry has won $9500 in two races and won't be running in the Kentucky Oaks obviously this Friday at Churchill...but is being kept in maiden special weight company -- which means no one can claim her out of a race and purchase her. (You know John Calipari...he'd probably try to pull off the dastardly deed.) 

Rick could start a stable of horses named
after Cardinal basketball players.  Would Kyle
Kuric or Asia Taylor make the cut? 
Pitino, the primary owner of RAP Stables, has also mentioned he was naming a couple of his young charges Gorgui and Peyton...after a couple of his current Cardinals. 

Hey, maybe the Cardinal coach will make a habit of it. Anyone up to seeing future Pitino fillies named M.Reid, T.Gibbs or S.Schimmel take the oval at Churchill Downs down the road? 


  1. 25-0 at home and 47-2 overall. An amazing season for the softball team. They deserve to host the Regional again.

  2. Pitino ever had a Derby runner?

    1. Yes, he has had two horses he has been owner of that have taken part in the Run for the Roses.

  3. I vote for filly names such as :
    No Look Schimmel
    Big Shot Becky
    Shawnta Away
    Ms. Dirty Bird
    Queen of Rockcastle
    Spark plug Shelby
    Appleofmyeye Bria
    Just to name a few...
    Are you listening Coach P?


    1. And....they've reached the starting gate at Cardinal Downs for the first running of the Walz Invitational Handicap. Ten runners go into the gate. Post time favorite is No Look Schimmel at 2-1 odds. She's part of the entry with Jude Isn't Rude. Mo-Sho is currently 5-2. Big Shot Becky is 3-1. They're all's post time. AND THEY'RE OFF! Spark Plug Shelby shoots to the lead, followed by No Look Schimmel and Jude Isn't Rude...these three lead the break. Mo-Sho battles for position with Queen of Rockcastle, Ms. Derty Bird and Shawnta Away. Big Shot Becky is on the outside and Appleofmyeye Bria is looking to go inside. Asia Amaze Ya gets off to a slow start.

      As they reach the first turn, Mo-Sho slips past Ms. Derty Bird inside. Queen of Rockcastle battles to get position. No Look Schimmel cuts to the rail without a glance. Shawnta Away makes a strong move in traffic. Spark Plug Shelby keeps close pressure on the leaders and and Jude Isn't Rude keep close pressure on the field. Appleofmyeye Bria gets inside and is driving! Big Shot Becky waits on the outside for her one big move
      Asia Amaze Ya is content to watch the field in front of her.

      They hit the stretch! No Look Schimmel steals the lead from Mo-Sho. Shawnta Away gains control from the inside. Ms. Derty Bird drops back to challenge Queen of Rockcastle in the pack. Spark Plug Shelby starts to run out of gas. Appleofmyeye Bria is still moving underneath the field. Jude Isn't Rude looks for help and Big Shot Becky starts to square up and get into position. Asia Amaze Ya needs better her position.

      With a furlong to go...No Look Schimmel and Mo-Sho are eye-to-eye! Queen of Rockcastle is finishing strong. Ms. Dirty Bird and Shawnta Away battle on the inside.Appleofmyeye Bria looks for room in close. Jude Isn't Rude isn't going to contest this one and Spark Plug Shelby is sputtering. Asia Amaze Ya starts to take control in the middle of the action ....AND HERE COMES Big Shot Becky bombs away on the outside!

      As they cross the finish line, Big Shot Becky wins by "three". Asia Amaze Ya finishes strong for second. Mo-Sho edges out Shawnta Away for third. No Look Schimmel in a photo with Queen of Rockcastle County and Appleofmyeye Bria might lodge an objection for interference on the line...getting blocked by Ms. Derty Bird. Spark Plug Shelby watched them all finish. Jude Isn't Rude finished nicely.

      (Apologies to all race-callers everywhere)

  4. Tenacious Tia was a late scratch , after attempts to re-shoe her failed in the paddock.

    'Nuff Said Nita was also a scratch, when her silks were no where to be found in the paddock.

  5. Trainer Teena Murray decided to run those two veteran gamers in the marathon event from Butler to Christian Academy. They'll break from Dixie Hwy, make a quick sprint to the Watterson Expressway, turn right at Shelbyville Rd and dash to Middletown.

  6. I am sure Calipari has his own horses too...

    Byebye Memphis



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