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Friday, May 15, 2015



A timely update from UofL Softball asst. SID Lori Korte Thursday night as I was preparing the article on the Cards NCAA first round game against Kansas that was scheduled for Friday 5 p.m.

Make that 1 p.m. now.

Inclement weather expected for Columbia, MO. Friday night necessitating the schedule change. Missouri and Indiana State will follow at 4 p.m.

Not a biggie...the Cards left Wednesday for the "Show me" state and are prepared to face the BIG 12 foe. 

Another question in coaching strategy...wondering if
Pearsall will send out Maryssa Becker or not Friday against 'Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk' in hopes of bettering the chances to advance to the winner's bracket in the regional. Shelby McCombs at the ready if chosen to go first...a double elimination format at hand and Louisville technically either the #2 or #3 seed in this regional.

Becker recently selected to the 2015 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division 1 All-Southeast Region third team. A nice honor for the All-ACC selection...she is 14-7 on the season and has a 2.22 ERA. She's also a force out of the circle...a team-leading 39 RBI's, 9 home runs and a .350 batting average. 

The Cards will need that bat and more tomorrow against the Jayhawks. Well-rested and determined to give seniors Duncan, Jones, Arion and Soles a few more games to perform as Cardinals...Louisville should find the Jayhawk pitching a relief in comparison to some of the circle-masters the Cards have faced this season. 

It'll be available on ESPN3 and UofL's softball twitter account also does a great job of providing updates.


Had the opportunity to hear UofL Sports Information Director Kenny Klein speak Thursday night at the monthly meeting of the Sportsmen's Supper Club. Kenny's been on the job since August of 1983...coming to Louisville after a couple of years at Morehead. 

Three things to know about 'KK':

1) He loves Louisville and Louisville athletics. It's a love he shares with a lot of us.

2) He still drives the car every day that Rick Pitino gave him. As we know, Coach P. has a heart the size of Texas.

3) The NCAA Final Four is his favorite event. He's there every year working the media table and so is the UofL Stat crew. 

His enthusiasm and optimism for the school, his bosses and the athletic programs is as strong as it was when he arrived here. He's seen changes galore in the campus and in the community. 

Kenny, his seven assistant SID's and the staff, photographers and video folks keep us 'in the know' and allow us to enjoy the stories, sights and sounds of Cardinal Athletics by providing us a comprehensive overview of 'Cardinalology'

From Milt Wagner to Trez Harrell, from Jackie Spencer to Shoni Schimmel and from Denny Crum to Rick Pitino...Mr.
Klein and crew have seen it all and relay it to us.

We, here at CARDINAL COUPLE, find the SID department indispensable and valuable for what we do. They're just as big a part of the teams we enjoy as the players and coaches...because they provide us with knowledge...and we all know that knowledge is power. We thank Kenny and his hard-working associates. 


  1. Best of luck to softball today! Nice piece on Kenny. They obviously are quite valuable to you guys and I'm sure information distribution is essential to the atheletic programs.

    Never met Kenny but see him by the Cards bench at all UofL MBB games.
    Curtis Franklin

  2. Inclement weather is already impact Softball play. Start time moved back to 1:34 EDT. Of course, that could continue to change if weather continues to be an impact.

    Check the right side of the side for tweets from Louisville Softball for ongoing updates.

    This will be televised on ESPN3 when it gets underway. Becker will be in the circle.

  3. Tough 1-0 loss for Cards. We'll recap it in the Saturday column and also on our radio show tomorrow at 11 a.m. on WCHQ 100.9 FM and on the Internet at



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