Monday, May 6, 2019
Cards fall again vs. NC State -- ACC Tournament pairings -- W.Golf starts today -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
SOFTBALL CARDS END REGULAR SEASON WITH 2-1 LOSS TO WOLFPACK
It's not exactly the way you want to go into ACC Tournament play, with a season-ending loss to a lower-seeded team than you are...but the NC State Wolfpack kept the Cards away from home plate with a 2-1 win Sunday in Raleigh.
Louisville left ten runners on base over the seven innings at bat and got their only run when Madison Cousineau blasted a home run, her first of the season, in the sixth inning to tie the contest at 1-1. The Wolfpack got the game winner in the bottom of the seventh, though, to take the game and sweep the series against the visiting UofL squad.
The Cards pitchers (Megan Hensley and Taylor Roby) did what they needed to do, in keeping the Wolfpack bats at bay most of the way by allowing just four hits for the game.
Louisville's failure to get Cards on the bags to cross home plate was the ultimate downfall for them.
The Cards had the bags full in the top of the first with no outs and failed to produce. In the second innings Louisville had two on with no outs but nothing doing in crossing the plate. They also had two runners with one out in the third inning but didn't replace the zero on the scoreboard.
The Cards lost the three-game series by a total of three runs. One-run losses each day. Louisville has lost five out of their last six, so we hope the Cards can turn it around in the "second season". The Cards were predicted to be as high as a #2 seed for one of the NCAA's 16-team regional sites...we'll see if that has changed with the current slide that Louisville Softball has experienced.
Louisville ends the regular season with a 33-19, 12-12 mark and heads to the ACC Tournament as the fifth seed. They'll face #4 seeded North Carolina in Tallahassee on Thursday around 1:30 p.m.
ACC TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS
The 2019 ACC Softball Tournament will have 10 teams participate fot the title and gets under way on Wednesday May 8th at Florida State.
Opening day action pits #8 seed NC State against #9 seed Syracuse with a 1 p.m. start. That contest will be followed by #7 Georgia Tech squaring off against #10 Virginia.
The #8 vs #9 seed winner earns the right to face #1 seeded Virginia Tech on Thursday at 11 a.m. Following that affair, Louisville and the Tar Heels take the diamond at approximately 1:30 p.m. The winner of Georgia Tech vs. Virginia gets #2 seed Florida State at 5 p.m. Thursday and the final game of the day pits #3 seed Notre Dame vs. #6 seed Duke an a 7:30 p.m. scheduled start.
On Friday, if the Cards are victorious against UNC, they would face the winner of the Va. Tech vs #8/#9 seed at 1 p.m. After the second semi-final game -- listed for 3:30 p.m. -- the finals will be held on Saturday at noon. Weather and extra inning games could alter the schedule, obviously.
Neither Pittsburgh nor Boston College made the ACC Tournament. ACC members Clemson, Miami and Wake Forest do not field softball teams.
We're working on getting an interview with Louisville softball head coach Holly Aprile before the Cards depart to the land of Sunshine. We'll keep you updated.
The Regional Sports Network (RSN) will cover all the games from Weds. to Fri. The final are slated to be on ESPN. You can get all the coverage here at CARDINAL COUPLE.
WOMEN'S GOLF IN NCAA REGIONAL
#11 seed Louisville women's golf starts their quest for the NCAA Championships today in the East Lansing regional.
Five Cardinal golfers will take to the tees this morning. Delaney Shah (8:55 a.m.) Olivia Cason (9:06 a.m.), Mairead Martin (9:17 a.m.), Margot Bechadergue (9:28 a.m.) and Lauren Hartlage (9:39 a.m.) will play 18 holes today, tomorrow and Wednesday (weather permitting) in search of the opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
Light rain was forecast for the East Lansing area this morning with temperatures around 55 degrees, so there is a chance the schedule could be altered.
You can follow the action at www.golfstat.com
Best of luck to our Cardinal chip and putters over the next three days!