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Saturday, February 28, 2015



It hardly seems like softball season here in Louisville...with all the snow still on the ground...and one can only imagine how the sting of the bat feels on the hands in this frigid weather. 

The University of Louisville softball team, though, is 10 games into the 2015 schedule and is in Atlanta today to play two against ACC opponent Ga. Tech.

The Ramblin' Wreck is 7-6 this year and is on a five game winning streak...taking all five games in the GT-GSU Tournament. They like to run the bases, scoring 57 runs in those five wins, and they like keeping opponents off the bags with just nine runs allowed in the five game stretch.

GT has sent 15 Mr. Spaldings over the fence this year and freshman pitcher Christina Biggerstaff is 3-1 with 38 strikeouts and a 2.53 ERA. 

The Cards will counter with a young inside the circle contingent as well. Freshmen Shelby McCombs (2-1) and Madi Norman (2-4) share a team-high 24 innings pitched and sophomore Maryssa Becker (1-0) has struck out 20 batters in her 18 innings of work and the pitcher/first base star is hitting a crisp .500 with two fence clearers and five doubles. She's also on a nine-game hitting streak. 

Jordan McNary leads Louisville with a .556 batting average and Kelsi Jones has driven home eight RBI's.

They throw the first pitch at 1 p.m. and we'll review it tomorrow. 


CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO hits the airwaves again this morning at 11 a.m. and we've got a busy show again lined up. We'll get Worldwide Jeff McAdams' report on his South Bend trip and review the Notre Dame and Boston College WBB games. We'll also take a look ahead to Sunday's game against Virginia. Add in softball, lacrosse and a a possible visit from Don Paulie and we'll need to try and squeeze about 90 minutes of news into 60.

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Hats off to our February CARDINAL COUPLE contest winner Doug Anderson. We've got a March Contest you can enter...pick the two teams who will play for the ACC Tournament Championship and total points scored. 

Sonja says:  Louisville beats Notre Dame and 123 total points are scored.

Leave your picks in the comments sections leading up to Wednesday or e-mail them to

WE got a CC T-Shirt and a $25 gift card from Cracker Barrell waiting for the winner.  


Lacrosse puts their 2-0 record on the table when they take on Denver in Denver at 3:30 p.m. today. 

The Cards have wins over Canisius and Cincy. #19 Denver fell at Syracuse to start the season but has rallied with wins over Colorado and Vanderbilt.  



  1. I go Syracuse over Fla. State. 130 points.

    ACC Tournament will be a fun time. Any Cardinal Couple writers attending?

    Blue Lou

  2. My wife and I are talking about it. This "inability to host" situation is causing us trouble...if we knew that Cardinals would be sent to a venue we couldn't get to easily we would go to ACC tourney. Last week's bracketology had Cards a #3 seed playing at Princeton. We have friends in Philadelphia and Princeton so we might make a little vacation out of it. But Creme's latest column moves Cardinals up to a #2 so who knows what that means.

  3. I just checked and UConn is beating Memphis 85-22. Even by the abject standards of the AAC (had to make sure I spelled that correctly!) this is an embarrassment.

    Can Geno, players and fans get much satisfaction about a conference schedule filled with 40-point blowouts? I know they play a challenging non-conference schedule (this year SC and ND are really good, and Duke and Stanford, while disappointing, are still Top-25 teams), but still.....

    I guess the promise of winning the National Championship is sufficient motivation. Doesn't seem to have hurt Geno's recruiting.

  4. I can't image, as a fan, that most of the season would be spent watching one blow out after another. BORINGi


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