Friday, April 10, 2015
Softball facing pivotal weekend -- Friday Cardinal Couple
ACC LEADER FSU COMING TO TOWN
The Louisville Softball team has fared pretty well in their first season in the ACC...sharing the conference lead with FSU until an unexpected sweep-of-series from Virginia Tech last weekend. The losses tossed Louisville (11-4) to third place in the conference standings...two games behind the Seminoles and percentage points behind UNC (10-5).
The Cards have the opportunity to make up ground, in fact... grab the conference lead with a sweep of the Tallahassee squad...but it will not be an easy task at all for Sandy Pearsall's Bat Cards.
Louisville showed some signs of life in the Wednesday win over DePaul in Chicago...winning 5-0 behind the strong arm of Maryssa Becker. Becker and Kelsi Jones pounded balls over the fence in the "W"...prior to that, the Cards had managed only two runs total in the series against the Hokies and no runs against rival UK last Wednesday.
Only N.C. State and Notre Dame have hung losses on the Seminoles in conference play this...Notre Dame currently fourth in the conference at 10-5 and N.C. State in fifth at 7-5.
After FSU, Louisville will face only two more conference foes before the ACC Tournament. Boston College will come in for three games and the Cards will travel to Pitt for three to end regular season conference play.
The ACC Conference alignment in softball is a bit different...you don't face everyone in the conference. Louisville probably is a bit glad that they do not face Notre Dame or N.C.State this season in regular season conference play...they could very well run into them in the ACC Conference tournament, though...which will be held in Blacksburg, VA on Virginia Tech's field.
Two Cards are batting over .400 for the season...Jordan McNary at .415 and Kelsi Jones at .412. Maryssa Becker and Shelby McCombs have 8 wins each for the Cards.
The Louisville vs FSU series begins Saturday night at 7 p.m. The teams will also face Sunday and Monday nights at Ulmer Stadium at 7 p.m. The Sunday and Monday matchups will be televised on ESPNU.
APRIL CARDINAL COUPLE CONTEST
Time is running out for you to get in the CARDINAL COUPLE APRIL CONTEST. We're asking you to predict the total number of run the Louisville Softball team will score in the final 11 games of April. The Cards will play three in Ulmer Stadium against FSU, go to Oxford, MS to play Ole Miss for three, travel to Lexington for one against UK, host Boston College for three and WKU for one.
The winner gets an absolutely fabulous CARDINAL COUPLE Tee-Shirt and if anyone guesses the exact number of runs, we'll toss in a $25 gift card.
Entries need to be in by 7 p.m. Saturday night. You can leave your guess in the comments section or e-mail us.
Greg B. writes:
"I choose 39 runs and I think that Louisville will go 9-2 in this stretch. I predict that the losses will come in one game against FSU and at UK. Prove me wrong, girls! Go 11-0!"
That's the spirit, Greg!