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Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Cardinal Couple -- Softball, Lacrosse win does "E"


- Softball run-rules UConn 9-1

- Lacrosse wins over Villanova

- Emmonnie Henderson wins discus at Border Battle

- Sho-time tonight in WNBA draft

- Those men are on the radio again, Mama!

Cards Sweep Series Against Huskies

The University of Louisville softball team defeated Connecticut 9-1 in five innings to complete a three-game American Athletic Conference series Sunday afternoon at Ulmer Stadium.

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"Very happy to get a sweep this weekend," said UofL head coach Sandy Pearsall. "I thought our offense did a great job of bringing in people in scoring position and our pitching was strong this weekend."  Kayla Soles was 3 for 3 with two runs and an RBI and Maryssa Becker struck out four in 5-0 innings to help the Cardinals improve to 27-15 (8-4 American Athletic Conference).

The Cards took a 2-0 lead in the second when Brittany Duncan and Kayla Soles delivered back-to-back singles to start the inning and Taner Fowler's one-out hit loaded the bases. An error on the throw home on Tiarra Sanabria's fielder's choice sent Duncan and Soles home to put Louisville on the scoreboard.  Katie Keller led off the bottom of the third with her third home run of the season to increase the lead to 3-0.

The Huskies (9-29, 2-9) got a run back in the top of the fourth behind Valerie Sadowl's one-out solo home run to make the score 3-1.  Louisville answered with six runs in the bottom of the fifth. Whitney Arion reached on a two-base error and moved to third on Keller's hit. Brittany Duncan walked to load the bases for Soles' RBI single.

 One out later, Fowler's two-run single increased the lead to 6-1. Tiarra Sanabria was hit by a pitchHannah Kiyohara's walk which brought Becker home. Jones followed with a two-run single to complete the scoring at 9-1.  Becker (11-3) got the complete game win, allowing one earned run on five hits and striking out four in 5.0 innings. Fowler was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run and Keller was 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI. Jones finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

Lauren Duggan (6-17) took the loss, allowing nine runs, six earned, on nine hits and striking out two in 4.1 innings. Sadowl was 1 for 2 with a run and an RBI and Lexi Gifford was 2 for 2.The Cardinals (27-15, 8-4) are back in action April 18-19 for another American Athletic Conference series at Central Florida


Lacrosse Wins Sixth Straight

The University of Louisville women's lacrosse team quickly is putting together the best season in program history. The Cardinals tied a program best their sixth-straight victory, posting a 16-9 decision at Villanova on Sunday afternoon in Villanova, Pa.

Nikki Boltja paced 19th-ranked Louisville (10-3, 4-0 BIG EAST) with six goals, five in the second half, and two assists for eight points, tying for the third-most points in a game in school history. Faye Brust added four goals, and Pennsylvania native Cortnee Daley tallied three scores, one assist, two caused turnovers, and a game-high four ground balls.  It is the fewest games in school history the Cardinals needed to reach the double-digit plateau. The victory also preserves Louisville's lead atop the BIG EAST standings, holding the only undefeated record in the conference.

 The Cardinals, much Friday's win over Temple, dominated the second half. Outscoring Villanova 10-5, Louisville eclipsed the double-digit goal plateau in the final period for the second-consecutive game.  Coming out of the halftime break with a 7-4 lead, the Cardinals distanced themselves with five unanswered goals. Boltja tallied consecutive scores, Brust scored the third goal of the run, Daley registered her third goal of the game, and Brust capped the spurt at the 19:47 mark.

Louisville's defense held Villanova (7-6, 2-2) for more than 12 minutes without a score in the period before Kelsey Denihan found the back of the net at the 18:30 mark to bring the Wildcats within six, 11-5.  Boltja then scored two goals over the next two minutes, with Colleen O'Malley recording her second goal of the game in that timeframe. Villanova notched three goals over the final nine minutes of the contest, but Brust and Boltja tacked on one score apiece inside that span to keep Villanova out of reach.


Emmonnie Henderson Wins Discus

Freshman Emmonnie Henderson took the Discus event in the Border Battle with a throw of 50.21 meters ( 164' 9"). The throw topped teammate and second place finisher Hannah Baker's by 2.7 meters.

Henderson also participated in the shot put and finished fifth with a toss of 14.46m (48' 2") . She fouled on her final three attempts...still getting into the rhythm...we suppose after tossing basketballs at the hoop.


Shoni one of 12 attending for WNBA Draft

The WNBA will hold their 2014 Draft on ESPN2 tonight at 8 p.m. Louisville guard Shoni Schimmel will be one of twelve players present to see where they are selected. ESPN has their own the Mock Draft listed below:

11. Shoni Schimmel


Louisville - Guard

Most women's hoops fans were introduced to Schimmel last year via ESPN when the fiery Louisville guard stared down -- or more accurately, stared up 6-8 Brittney Griner in a spirited Louisville-Baylor matchup. At 5-9, that might not have seemed like such a good idea, but Schimmel's competitive drive and supreme confidence often overcome logic. Shoni's unique talents and bubbly personality could play well in Connecticut.

WE hope they're a bit hard would it be to see Shoni dashing around the court in a CONNECTICUT uniform?


Radio check...

The most recent broadcast of Cardinal Couple radio is now in the archives and available for listening. Hear Jeff and Paulie babble their way through an hour of live, uncut, uncensored and unrehearsed discussions of UofL Women's Sports.

Yeah, it's a very scary thing...but we have a good time and you may just learn a thing or two about the Belknap babes if you tune in. LINK BELOW:



  1. Shoni to Atlanta with Angel!

  2. DREAM!!! Who would have thought? Shoni and Angel duo! I can't wait for them to come to Seattle!!!! ---Umatilla23


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