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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tuesday Cardinal Couple



Softball Honors

Louisville Softball swept the weekly awards for The American conference with Freshman Maryssa Becker taking home second straight Pitcher of the Week award, and Senior Katie Keller taking home her second Player of the Week honor.

Becker gets tabbed for the Pitcher of the Week based on her two wins for the week, both complete games, along with several innings of relief pitching as well.

Katie Keller went 6-12 at the plate this week, with at least two hits in all three games against USF including a three run slam and a couple of doubles spread across the weekend.  Keller is hitting .395 overall and .517 on-base percentage.  The team leader in home-runs last year, Katie seems to be playing a bit more small ball this year, with 13 doubles on the season so far.

Katie is also going to be in the hot seat for this weeks edition of Softball Spotlight.  Each week for
the past couple of weeks, a Softball player has been answering questions tweeted to @UofLSoftball.  Katie Keller will be taking the reigns this Wed. at 1pm.  Past players answering questions have been Hannah Kiyohara and Maggie Ruckenbrod.

Softball plays their next game tonight (weather permitting, though the forecast doesn't look encouraging) against Evansville at 6pm.


Tennis Milestone

This Friday at 4pm, Women's Tennis will be hosting a match against Marshall at The Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.  This competition will be a bit special, however, as it will be Senior Day for the celebrated duo of Rebecca Shine and Julia Fellerhoff.  Shine and Fellerhoff grabbed our attention more than usual this fall by ripping through most of the field in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championship, falling one match short by losing to a pair from perennial tennis powerhouse Georgia Tech in the Championship.

They have continued to play dominant tennis throughout the season.

Rebecca Shine reached a particularly momentous milestone Sunday afternoon by beating Dobby Leenabanchong (thank goodness for copy-n-paste) at the number two court in singles.  With that victory Shine tallied 102 career singles wins, tying her for the UofL record.  Friday, against Marshall, she has the chance to claim that record outright.  With her doubles victory Sunday with Manuela Velasquez, Shine claimed her 100th career doubles win.

After Senior Day against Marshall, Women's Tennis will be competing in The AAC championship, April 17th through 20th in Tampa, FL.

Lacrosse Rankings

With their 23-2 pasting of Cincinnati on Sunday, Lacrosse has moved up a spot in the IWLCA coaches poll to 19th.  In the Brine media poll, the Cards actually dropped a spot...which doesn't make much sense to me...but also end up in 19th.  Admittedly, Cincinnati doesn't have a strong Lacrosse team...and that might be understatement...but I'm not sure what it would take to maintain a position in the media poll if winning by 21 points isn't enough (for comparison, a 10 point lead triggers a running clock in Women's Lacrosse...effectively Lacrosse's mercy-rule).  With a 44-6 advantage in shots taken...really, what's a team supposed to do in a situation like this?  It seems like this is really encouraging running up the score if the polls are going to punish winning by only 21 points against a weak team with a drop in the polls.

As Paulie mentioned in yesterday's article, Louisville had 16 draw controls in the game, with Kaylin Morissette getting 14 of them.  This puts Louisville in first place in the nation in the draw controls statistical category.


After two rounds of play at the Intercollegiate, the University of Louisville women’s golf team sits in ninth place with the third and final round of play set for Tuesday morning at Marsh Landing Country Club. Louisville opened the day with a 300 before carding a 289 in the afternoon round.

Florida State leads the field with a two round score of 568. East Carolina sits at second with a score of 575 and Chattanooga sits at third with a score of 577.

Junior Emily Haas and sophomore Laura Restrepo are currently tied at 28th. Haas shot a 72 in the first round and finished with a 74 in the second round for a score of 146. Restepo shot a 75 in the first round and knocked four strokes off her second round score, finishing with a 71.

Florida State’s Matilda Castren leads the field after shooting a 69 in the first round and a 66 in the second round for a score of 135. Chattanooga’s Jordan Britt and Maryland’s Juliet Vongphoumy are tied at second with a score of 137.

Senior Tara Lyons finished the day tied at 37th with a score of 148. Lyons shot a 75 in the first round and improved with a 73 in the second round. Junior Katie Petrino is currently tied at 43rd after two rounds with a score of 149. Petrino shot a 78 in the first round and bounced back with a 71 in the second round.
Freshman Shannon Gramley shot a two round score of 155 to finish the day tied at 75th. Gramley shot a 79 in the first round and shot a 76 in the second round.



Sleep dep night II this week will occur tonight when UConn tries to grab their second championship title in as many days when they face Notre Dame in Nashville for the NCAA WBB crown. I did make it through the men's title game last night...(I like to watch the 'One Shining Moment' sequence in the end)...and have declared Louisville as the national champions.

After all, Pitino's guys beat UConn three times this season, including a 33-point demolishing on Senior Night in the KFC YUM! Center.  Nevertheless, congratuations to the Huskies. They caught fire when it counted.

They had Russ and Harrell a couple of times in the 'One Shining Moment' montage. It's time for someone to pen a song as equally stirring for the women's game. That piece of country fluff that Connie Briton is doing ad nauseam during this year's games ( The Only Way I Know) may fit Nashville just fine..but I've tired of it.

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