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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Sunday Cardinal Couple Track and Field and Baseball

Track and Field Wraps the Season

Makenli Forrest wrapped up the UofL Track and Field Season with a 22nd place finish in the discus at the NCAA championships in Austin, Tx.  The 49.47 meter throw was enough for Honorable Mention All-American honors for Forrest.

Forrest's earned a second team All-American honors for her hammer throw on Wednesday.

The NCAA Championships for Track and Field have wrapped up, leaving only one more potential championship for Louisville to compete for, and indeed only one more NCAA championship to be decided overall.

So let's talk about that...

Baseball Earns Omaha Berth

The Baseball team will be heading to Omaha to participate in the College World Series after
defeating East Carolina University in a 12-0 one hitter in the second game of the Super Regional series.

The game was moved forward about 3 hours to reduce the chances of the game being disrupted by rain.  It was a good decision as a light rain began to fall at about 3pm, about the time the game was originally scheduled to begin.

The only drama in this one was a progressing no-hitter after 8 innings by sophomore Bobby Miller that was broken up by a single hit by ECU in the 9th.

The no-hitter would have been the first no-hitter in the NCAA tournament since 2012, and the first ever in a Super Regional series.  As it turns out, however, that particular history book entry will go go Vanderbilt freshman Kumar Rocker, who was able to complete the deed later in the evening to even the series against Duke in Nashville.

At this point, Louisville is still the only team with their ticket punched to the College World Series in Omaha.  All of the other Super Regional series that started Friday are going to a deciding game 3 to be played today.  That include Duke at Vanderbilt, Michigan at UCLA, and Oklahoma State at Texas Tech.

Women's World Cup

The Women's World Cup in Soccer is underway in France.  It began a couple of days ago and quite snuck up on me.

UofL does have a rooting interest in this one, in a game in action at the time of this writing with Jamaica matching up against Brazil in Pool C play.  Chinyelu Asher played her Senior year with the Cardinals in 2014 after transferring from Purdue.  Asher in American born, but her father is Jamaican, and she has played on the Jamaican national team for several years.

Brazil is currently without the services of their superstar Marta due to an injury suffered in practice several days ago.  She is actually available to play, potentially coming off the bench, but that is considered highly unlikely.

Brazil is considered a strong favorite in this game (as they are just about anytime they take the pitch), and currently lead 1-0 with a score in the 15th minute.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour

(Vintage picture of three of the knuckleheads) 
In any discussion of world class teams, you won't hear the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour mentioned but we do enjoy ourselves, and believe we do bring the best coverage of UofL women's sports on the radio.

Our latest effort included a mid-game adjustment for a failed microphone and a quite challenging Cardinal Couple Quiz about softball. The "A" team knuckleheads were assembled, albeit briefly, in their entirety for the first time in quite some time.  

Check out the fun, and see Jared duck out early to get to Patterson Stadium for baseball, at the link below. He did go 4 for 5 during his abbreviated appearance, which earned him a "tie" for first place with Case and the honor of winning the one eared, toothpick holding bear with a sparking 80% success rate.

Tough quiz! See how you do on it at the link:



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