Thursday, May 16, 2019
Know the foe -- Southern Illinois Softball -- WNBA News -- Thursday Cardinal Couple
CARDS TO FACE SIU IN FIRST ROUND REGIONAL ACTION
The University of Louisville Softball squad will start their NCAA Tournament action against Southern Illinois University at 1 p.m. Friday in Evanston, IL on Northwestern University's field.
The Salukis went through the regular season with a 33-13 season and fell in first round Missouri Valley Conference Tournament action to Northern Iowa 2-0. In the regular season conference slate, they complied a 17-6 record. They were the last team called on the NCAA Selection show and survived "the bubble" to get in....being the final "at-large" team selected.
The Salukis have a #42 RPI and a top-25 win on the season against Drake. They also had three top-50 wins (San Jose State, N.D. State and Mississippi St.). They finished third in the nation in fielding percentage and committed just 25 errors on the year.
Offensively, they are led by sophomore utility player Jenny Jansen (.393) who had 12 doubles for S.I.U. Ashley Wood, a freshman infielder, batted .352 in 46 games and had a team high nine home runs. Susie Baranski, a junior outfielder, hit for an average of .345 and was fourth on the squad with 40 hits. S.I.U averages 5.5 runs a game while allowing just 3 runs a contest.
In the circle, Brianna Jones (no, not the former UofL women's basketball player from 2015-17) led Southern Illinois with a 23-9 record and 2.00 ERA. Claire Miller went 8-3 and had a 3.24 ERA. Holly Marousek posted a 2-1 record with a 4.60 ERA.
SIU won six of their final seven regular season games.
Kerri Blalock has been the Salukis head coach for 20 years. Lifetime, she's 1-0 against Louisville, defeating the Cards 1-0 in her first season. 10 of the 17 players on the roster played their high school ball in Illinois, they have no one on the roster from Kentucky.
IN THE WNBA
The big (and unfortunate) news in terms of WNBA players for Cardinal fans is that Sam Fuehring got waived by the Washington Mystics yesterday. Maci Morris, from UK, also got released.
Sad to see, definitely.
Sam hasn't begun to fight yet, though, and we're optimistic she'll catch on with a team overseas or even possibly catch on with another WNBA squad.
In Wednesday action, Arica Carter saw 13 minutes for Phoenix in a 87-84 win over the Seattle Storm. She scored five points, hit a three and had an assist.
HAVE A TERRIFIC THURSDAY!