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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Softball Falls in Extras -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Cards Rally, Fall in Extras

Louisville rallied to send their game to extra innings but ultimately fell to Lipscomb, 5-4.  Megan Hensley led the offense with a home run and two RBI's.

A sac fly by Hensley drove in Sidney Melton in the first inning for the only lead the Cards would see on the day. Normally, a routine play, but Melton tagged and scored from second base, not third! 

A fielding error and a home run gave the Bisons the lead, one that would not relinquish until Louisville tied the score in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Down 4-1 in the fourth inning Charley Butler singled and drove in Jordyn Wolfe and Caitlin Ferguson.  Ferguson led off that inning with a single and advanced to third on Kyra Snyder's double.  Wolfe would pinch run for Snyder.

With the score 4-3 Lipscomb and the Cards down to their final two outs,  Hensley sent a shot that barely cleared the fence  and rolled to the concrete ledge in right center.The bases-empty blast tied the affair at 4-4

Lipscomb relied on misfortune by the Louisville pitching and defense for the go ahead run in the top of the eighth.  A lead off base hit ended up with the runner on third following a fielder's choice and a fielding error.  A wild pitch or passed ball (there was some debate on how it should be classified) to the backstop gave the Bisons an opportune moment to score to go-ahead run in the eighth and the Cards could not muster in the bottom of the inning, going 1-2-3 at-bat for the 5-4 finish. .

A few Cards are on streaks and moving into record books:

* Hensley's 29th career homer puts her into a tie for seventh in Louisville history with Alicja Wolny*.

* Melton has a career-high 19 stolen bases on the season, tied for fifth on the single season record books.*

* Melton's 52 career stolen bases is third all-time.*

*Snyder has reached base safely in 10 straight games.*

*Funke's nine triples this season is a program record and puts her in a tie for first in the NCAA*.

Louisville drops to 22-13 and they prepare to travel to Bowling Green to face WKU tonight. Unable to go to Bowling Green today, Paulie was looking for a live broadcast of the contest and found one through the C-USA Conference link. They do, however, want $6.95 for the viewing pleasure...despite admission being free. Great way to grow the sport, Toppers...nickle and diming people at every turn.

After the trip up the Hill...UofL SB then returns home to host reigning national champion Florida State for a Saturday, Sunday, Monday weekend series. Brodcast details on those later this week.

Paulie caught up with Holly after the game and got some post-game comments. You can hear those below. There was no post-game video recorded.


Bracket Update

The Cardinal Couple NCAA Women's Tournament Bracket Challenge report: 

The standings are shaping out as we approach the final three games of the tournament.  Most of us have no chance of winning anymore but it appears most of us are pretty darn good at picking women's basketball brackets.

-- Eight entries have lost their champion.

-- Five entries have lost one of their championship game teams.

-- Five entries have no possible wins remaining in the final three games.


-- Baylor is picked to win in five brackets.

-- UConn is picked to win in three brackets.

-- Notre Dame is picked to win in three brackets.

Here are you TOP 20 Standings: (3 games to go!)

Kenny Schneider

Doug Anderson
Charlie McAdams

K Stark Sr

Case Hoskins

Jared Anderson
Daryl Foust
Mike D

Paul Sykes

Seminole Sue
Jeff McAdams

Joe Hill
Nick O

Sandy W
Sonya Sykes

Curtis Franklin

David Watson

Cardinal Chimps

Flip Coin

As always, contact bracket czar -- me -- Jared Anderson or Paulie with any disputes, questions, sure-things-on-long-shots-at Keeneland or questions. Or leave a comment.  I'm at:  Paulie mans the e-mail box.

Lauren Hartlage in National Women's Amateur Championship

Star golfer Lauren Hartlage will tee off at 10:12 this morning in the inaugural National Women's Amateur Championship this morning.  Hartlage is one of 72 golfers who will play 54 holes over the next few days.

The site is historic Augusta, GA -- home of the Masters. The participants won't start on the legendary course -- the first 36 holes will be contested at the Champions Retreat G.C. and the final 18 at Augusta.

At the end of 2018 Hartlage finished in the rankings 59th internationally and 22nd in the United States.

Happy Wednesday and Go Cards!



  1. Coach Aprile didn't sound overly thrilled with the Cards as a whole. Still, a team that has come out and done pretty good in her first season here and will only continue to get better.

    Hey, I have three people beat in my bracket picks! It's been a pretty "chalky" tournament.

    Anyone think Tennessee will hire that little Harper girls from Missouri State. She did play at UT, right?

    Curtis "Why do I bother with bracket contest? provide a firm foundation at the bottom of them" Franklin.

  2. I have David Watson beat, so this is a moral victory for me.

    It usually takes a softball squad 3-4 years to turn it around. A new coach, her recruits, a full understanding of how to do it "the coach's way".

    Louisville Softball needs a left side of the diamond that can field ground balls and someone who can augment Hensley, from what I've seen.

    -- The Real Joe Hill --


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