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Monday, April 18, 2016

Louisville Softball completes sweep over North Carolina Central -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


The Louisville Softball squad completed the shut-out of visiting North Carolina Central with a 8-0 win over the Eagles Sunday at Ulmer Stadium. Maryssa Becker tossed a six-inning, one-hit shutout for the Cards...who go to 30-9 on the season. For Becker, it was her fifth shut-out of the year and her second in two days. 

The Cards took a 1-0 lead in the first when super sophomore shortshop Sidney Melton worked a walk, stole second and scored on a Becker single. 

Those two would factor in the next Cardinal assault, which came in the third inning. Melton singles and Becker walked and both completed the circuit when Megan Hensley crushed her 13th homer of the season...bouncing one off the scoreboard in make it 4-0 UofL.

Becker and Melton provided more offense in the fifth when Melton got another base on balls and sprinted home on a Becker double. 

Louisville's final three runs came an inning later. Ashley Nikolao benefited from a two-base Eagle error and scored on Jamie Soles' single. Both Soles and Jordan Vorbrink touched home an out later when Melton secured an infield single and NCC throwing error. 

The Cards are in third place in the ACC...three games back of league-leading FSU and a game behind Notre Dame. The three schools are the only ACC squads with 30 or more wins this season and less than 10 losses. Sandy Pearsall's squad stays home for the week...bringing in fifth-place Syracuse for a weekend series next.



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  1. Paulie, I'm seeing that Chatrice White is transferring out of Illinois and has us scheduled for a visit. She's 6'3", played on the same team with Moore and Walz in Russia. Do you think we can use her and does Louisville have a shot?

    The Real Joe Hill

    1. Experienced height is always a good thing. White is a blue collar worker and can step out and hit the mid-range jumper and beyond. She averaged 18.4 ppg at Illinois and grabbed almost 10 rebounds a game. Who would say no to that?

      Let's face it...Illinois is a squad that isn't going to be a major factor in the NCAA Tournament anytime soon. Louisville has an incredible future in that regard. And, after sitting a season and learning the Walz way, I think she'd be an incredible addition. Make it so, mad scientist. I want this gal in Cardinal Red and Black.


  2. Hensley didn't just bounce a homerun off the scoreboard, she bounced it off the *top* of the scoreboard. It was a boom of a shot.

    Also, with those 3 RBIs, she needs just 2 more to tie the school freshman year RBI record which is currently held by Chelsea Beamis who does a fantastic job in Marketing for UofL Softball, and Field Hockey.

    1. Pretty sure that's Bemis...but a nice update on the homer and impending record about to be broken, Worldwide. Sounds like that one could have landed over by the Harley-Davidson dealership if the scoreboard hadn't got in the way...


    2. Huh, indeed, no "a" in her last name. Wonder how long I've been misspelling that. :/

      Sorry Chels, I'll get it right when your record falls. ;)

  3. Chatrice White, I'd say there's a whole lot to like here.

    2015 All-Big Ten Honorable Mention
    2015 Big Ten All-Freshman Team
    Three-time 2015 Big Ten Freshman of the Week (1/12, 12/8, 11/24)
    2015 USA Basketball FIBA World Championship Team
    2015 College Sports Madness Preseason All-Big Ten Third Team
    2016 All-Big Ten Second Team
    Sophomore - 2015-16
    Earned the start in all 30 of Illinois' games, averaging 32 minutes, 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game
    Ranked among the Top-10 in the league for her 562 points on the season, a number that also sits 12th in Illinois single-season history
    Scored her 1,000th career point in her 61st game for the Illini, becoming the second-fastest Illini to reach the millenium mark
    Recorded 18 double-doubles on the season, a number that led the Big Ten and sat among the Top-15 in the nation
    Recorded a double-double in five consecutive games, a feat that had not been accompished since Karisma Penn notched six-straight in the 2010-11 season
    Recorded the second 30-point game of her career, recording 35 points at Michigan, the most points in a game for an Illini since 2001
    Was named to the Big Ten Player of the Week honor roll twice during the year
    Led the Illini with 63 blocks on the year, averaging 2.1 per game (3rd in the Big Ten)
    Ranked second in the Big Ten for her 6.9 defensive rebounds per game
    Freshman - 2014-15
    Is the All-Time Freshman Scorer at Illinois (448 points) and also leads all freshman with her 60 season blocks
    Ranks 62nd in the nation and sixth in the Big Ten for her 1.94 blocks per game
    Her 1.94 steals per game rank ninth in the Big Ten and her 44.1-percent shooting ranks 13th
    Played in all 31 of the Illini’s games in her freshman season, earning 30 starts
    Averaged a team-leading seven rebounds per game and was second on the team for her 14.5 points per game
    Was named the team’s Most Valuable Player following the 2014-15 season
    Was chosen to the USA Basketball World Games Team in the summer of 2015
    Closed the season with six double-doubles, including one in her first appearance for the Illini against IPFW (15 pts, 10 rbs)
    Set her career-high with 30 points against Michigan on Feb 28, becoming the first Illini to score 30 points since 2013
    Scored in double figures in 27 of 31 games on the season
    The Deb Factor

    1. I liked White when she was on the USA squad and still do. She visited Notre Dame already and is scheduled for the Cards this week. She did the ND trip on her own. Will be interesting to see if her parents make the Louisville visit


    2. I liked White when she was on the USA squad and still do. She visited Notre Dame already and is scheduled for the Cards this week. She did the ND trip on her own. Will be interesting to see if her parents make the Louisville visit


    3. To all above thanks for all that good info on White. Let's make it happen!

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  5. Player from Iowa State is sueing head coach Fennerly for calling her a thug multiple times. Moody, an Afr Amer pg drafted in last years WNBA draft (cut before season)
    gives a laundry list of abusive demeaning treatment including racist treatment. This is all alleged and will be determined in court.
    Any coach who abuses players with persistent foul language should expect some push back and a surprise investigations or even player lawsuits. Coaches for years could get their point across with cursing verbal tirades at players and not be called on it for chronic verbal abuse.

    1. It's an interesting allegation. When you look at some of the tirades we see coaches go through on the sidelines during games and consider that in practices it's usually much affirmative ruling on a allegation like this could open the flood gates for tons of similar events clogging our courts systems.

      Lawyers are going to do what they do...and that'll never change...but the days of "one coaching style fits all roster participants" could take a severe punch in the kidneys if success is the end result in the Moody suit. So many issues involved here...even down to the basics of free speech and interpretation of a player/coach relationship.

      With the payoff that happened in Illinois on the racial/verbal discrimination issues...perhaps an already overcrowded and burdened legal system could be getting a deluge of water flowing through the floodgates. Scary.



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