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Monday, April 29, 2013

Monday Cardinal Couple -- Softball, Lacrosse win on Senior Sundays


-Softball slugs past Georgetown 10-1

-Lacrosse holds off Villanova 13-10

-Crescent Hill Radio's Derby Kickoff

Sunday was Senior Day for both the softball and lacrosse team on Belknap Campus. Each squad stepped up big to honor the graduated with wins. Here's the results:


Louisville beat up on Hoya pitching for 11 hits, including three home runs, in five innings to go to 44-8 overall and 17-2 in the BIG EAST.

The Cards took an early lead in the bottom of the first when Jordan Trimble singled and scored on a Maggie Ruckenbrod double. UofL hitting got into full stride in the second when Taner Fowler blasted her ninth home run off the year to begin the inning. Hannah Kiyohara followed with an infield single and reached the plate when Trimble got her second hit of the game...a double to left. Katelyn Mann made it 5-0 when she blasted a base-clearer deep over the center field fence.

Louisville picked up five more runs in the fourth inning. Mann doubled to start things off. She scored on a Alicja Wolny fielder choice. After a Ruckenbrod walk, Whitney Arion bombed one over the left field fence to make it 8-0 Cards. Fowler beat out an infield hit and came home when Chrisanna doubled. Kiyohara doubled to score Roberts and UofL had a 10-0 advantage.

The Hoyas got a run in the top of the fifth for the 10-1 final score. Rachel LeCoq tossed four innings of three-hit softball. Caralisa Connell pitched the final inning...allowing one run on two hits.


Lacrosse ends the regular season with a 11-6 record...downing Villanova 13-10 at UofL Lacrosse Stadium.

After the Wildcats scored the first goal of the game, Louisville roared back with a 5-0 run. Kaylin Morissette opened the scoring spree and Nikki Boltja, Cortnee Daley and Monica Negron followed with net-finders. Morissette tallied again to give the Cards a 5-1 advantage with 11:37 left in the first half.

'Nova answered with a goal, but Louisville took off on another run...this one a four-point streak. Coleen O' Malley connected for the first two, Boltja found her second goal and was followed by Daley's second "back of the net" shot.

The Hoyas closed it to 9-3 with a late first half goal but Boltja scored again...almost at the end of the half to make it 10-3 Cards after 30 minutes.

Villanova would make a contest of in the final 30 minutes...scoring six out of the first seven goals to draw within 11-9. Boltja's fourth goal of the game separating two three goal runs by the Wildcats.

The Cards outscored VU 2-1 in the remaining minutes, though...going into a ball possession mode of get their third straight BIG EAST win.


The annual Raise A Note Crescent Hill Derby Kickoff Concert took place Sunday at Expo Five in Shively and attendees were entertained by the music of Robbie Bartlett, Anton Mink, Nick Peay, Bridge 19 and Memphis Beck...some of the many bands who took both stages in the gala affair. Tara Bassett was emcee for the show.

Sonja and I attended for a little over half the show, alternating back and forth from the main stage and second venue. Robbie Bartlett, despite a ailing voice from allergies, put on a fantastic set...getting the crowd up and in full boogie mode with selections "Play that Funky Music", "Brick House" and "Stormy Monday". Sadly, the short set did not allow Bartlett to perform two of my favorites by her..."Mustang Sally or CARDINAL COUPLE theme song "Change Is Coming."

I got a chance to speak with Bartlett's percussionist Mike Allgeier shortly before the band took the stage. He's a huge Cardinal basketball fans and we discussed at length the incredible runs that both Cardinal teams experienced this past season.

We also got to talk with Crescent Hill Radio station engineer Kelly "Stacy Lacy" Newton and show organizer/station owner Kathy Weisbrod as well. A fun evening of great local and regional music for an appreciative crowd!



  1. Love Robbie! One of the best parts of coming back to Louisville is finding out where she is singing and going to have dinner or drinks there.

    1. Love Robbie too, great voice. Just wish she would learn that in the National Anthem the words are "whose broad stripes" not "who broad stripes".

    2. It's funny that you bring that up. I've noticed that also. I asked her about it awhile back and she insists that she's saying "whose" just can't hear the "se" part of the word.

      I jokingly told her that we were going to have her guest appear on the radio show and sing the National Anthem. She repled that she'd rather do a duet on "Mustang Sally" with me.



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