Saturday, April 30, 2022
Friday, April 29, 2022
FRIDAYS WITH DARYL
Shout out to the weekend and the Cardinal Couple gang for stepping in for me these past few weeks. Baseball and Summer Camp season got me like D: *a little lotta bit* stressed making sure things runs smoothly around Louisville.
Look at these stars!! I've got my eye on that Kianna Smith LA Sparks jersey too. Y'all know I'm a sucker for purple and gold!
Series History: Louisville leads 15-3
Last Meeting: Feb. 20-21, 2021 - Louisville defeated Virginia 5-4 in Durham, N.C. and 4-0 in Raleigh, N.C. during the ACC Pod Weekend.
The Cardinals bring a 24-20 overall record after falling in all three games at No. 3/3 Virginia Tech last weekend. Louisville also carries an 8-10 mark in ACC play and is currently eighth in league standings. Louisville is tied for the ACC lead and stands 11th in the nation with 22 double plays turned.
Virginia is 26-21, 12-9 (.571) in the conference coming off a sweep of Pittsburgh (last in the ACC 2-17) as well as 3 top-ranked series in a row. Virginia is second in the ACC in fielding percentage (.976) and 14th nationally. Leah Boggs leads the team with a .292 batting average and Tori Gilbert has belted out a team-best 11 home runs. Sarah Coon and Katie Goldberg have produced 28 RBIs apiece. Mikayla Houge (9-4) has carried the bulk of the pitching duties and holds a 3.22 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 87.0 innings. Aly Rayle leads the team with 55Ks in 67.1 innings of work. Madison Harris’s six saves is top in the ACC this season and ranks second nationally.
KENNY KLEIN RETIRING
The announcement came down yesterday about Louisville's head SID announcing a retirement date. No big dissertation or commentary on that. He did his job for 40+ years in athletics, is well respected by his peers and fellow SID's and I hope he enjoys his retirement.
Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast -- We are on schedule for an 11 a.m. start time Saturday. Case will be covering the Saturday A.M. write-up duties but wont be home to jump on air but the four of us should be on to talk some Cardinal coverage.
Paulie was kind of worried I wouldn't have anything to talk about here this morning so maybe I'll end by quizzing our readers on what they think Jaz Jones ordered at the hibachi grill on Saturday's show. LOL
As Always, Go Cards
Thursday, April 28, 2022
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
CARDS AND PANTHERS KICK OFF ACC W.LAX TOURNAMENT
And, so, it's come down to Tournament time for Louisville Lacrosse. The second season. The win or go home scenario.
The Cards will face Pittsburgh at 2 p.m. at Notre Dame. It's viewable on the ACC Network. It's the #8 seed vs. #9 seed play-in-game. The winner gets UNC (#1 seed) on Friday at noon. The Cards (the #9 seed) go into the contest at 7-10 overall and 1-7 in conference play. The Panthers finished with a 8-9 record and 1-7 in the league.
A history between the two? Well, no, not much of one. It's Pitt's first year of competition, The Panthers did defeat Louisville during conference play.. The match, held in Pittsburgh in their Highmark Stadium went to the Panthers 17-10.
A nice stadium, no doubt, that holds about 5,000 and is about two miles south of Heinz Stadium. On the south bank of the Monongahela River. Louisville had a rough second half in that previous meeting, scoring only four times, and losing despite three goals from Hannah Morris.
So, what say you, Scott Teeter, about the matchup?
"We've got to battle. It's a short turnaround for us and a bit of a revenge tour. I think it's going to be a good battle between two good teams. We were unhappy with our consistency the first time we played them, so we just need to bring it for 60 minutes and give it everything we've got."
The Cards probably need to go on a four-game win streak in the ACC Tournament to make the ACC Tournament, although...if they can get by Pitt, UNC and either Duke or Notre Dame -- I'd think they might deserve at least a look for NCAA tournament consideration. The Cards were able to put a four-game win streak together early in the schedule against Marquette, Central Michigan, Virginia Tech and Butler -- but all four of those were in the friendly confines of the Louisville Lacrosse Stadium.
The Cards will look for big scoring efforts from Morris, All-ACC Second Team selection Caroline Blalock, Nicole Perroni and a strong net presence from our goalkeepers J.Pleck and Sara Addeche
Let's hope our Cards can start a new win streak today. At this time of the year, you worry about one game at a game, because ii's either a win or your season is over. We'll worry about UNC once we're safely past Pitt.
Here's UofL's "hype" video for the tournament:
WHO AM I?
Jared had a little fun with the Cardinal Couple crew Tuesday when he texted us a picture from a photo-shoot and asked if we could identify the people in the photo. Our Jeff McAdams eventually made the correct selections. I was nowhere close with my guess.. Let's see how you do, leave your guess in the comments section if you want and Jared will have the answer for you tomorrow in his column.
Jared will personally drive the first correct entry to a place that serves breakfast and spring for a cup of coffee and a three-hour review of the photos he's taken in 2022. The catch is, he'll use your car and you're responsible for any tip...and the facility must offer a "bottomless" cup of coffee...
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Monday, April 25, 2022
HOKIES SWEEP SERIES AGAINST LOUISVILLE
Playing the #3 team in DI Softball can be an arduous task and Louisville fought bravely against those #3 Virginia Tech Hokies...jumping to a 4-3 lead in the top of the third before eventually falling 7-4.
Trailing 3-0 in the top of the third, Louisville went on the offensive and started the inning with a Carmyn Greenwood round-tripper (HER 13TH OF THE SEASON). Korbe Otis reached on an error and Taylor Roby drew a walk to give the Cards two on for Kendall Smith who got Otis home on a ground out. After Dylan Cravens reached on a single, she and Roby both scored on a Hokie fielding miscue.
The lead was short-lived, though. After Roby gave way to Taja Felder in the circle, Tech tied it back up in the bottom of the fourth.
The Hokies added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth to make it 7-4.
The Cards would threaten in the sixth and seventh but could not score again.
Louisville is now 24-20 on the season and 8-10 in ACC play. That's goof for eighth place in the league.
The Cards return home for a weekend series next, hosting Virginia. (26-21, 12-9).. The Cavs are fifth in the ACC standings.
The Cards might not be pennant contenders this season but they are getting some valuable "in circle" experience for pitchers Sam Booe, Payton Hudson and Felder. With projected starter Gabby Holloway out for the season (bicep), and Chardonnay Harris no longer on the squad... it's good to still have a choice of several arms at the ready to spell Roby.
Sunday, April 24, 2022
Team Sports Tumble
|Carmyn Greenwood, Vanessa Miller, and Korbe|
Otis call an outfielder strategy session.
(Ryan Greenwood with the away game pic assist)
|Hannah Morris celebrating one of her|
trio of goals.
|Sara Addeche and J Pleck|
Thunder Over Louisville
|Fifi, one of two still flying World War II era|
|World War II era B-24 Liberator|
Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast
Saturday, April 23, 2022
Softball Loses Series Opener 4-3
Lacrosse Hosts Notre Dame
Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast
Friday, April 22, 2022
WBB adds Associate Coach Shay Robinson -- Pineda elevated to Associate Coach -- Softball at Virginia Tech -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
(Paulie filling in for Daryl today)
WELCOME SHAY ROBINSON TO CARDS WBB
Louisville women's basketball announced Thursday that Shay Robinson has joined the Cardinals as an associate coach. Williams comes to Louisville from Mississippi, where he was an associate coach for the Rebels.
Louisville WBB Head Coach Jeff Walz on Williams:
"Shay comes to us highly recommended, with an extensive and versatile background. Everywhere he's been, he's been successful. Most importantly, he cares about the growth and development of the players -- on and off the court. Shay is an Air Force veteran, a skilled player development coach and a proven recruiter. He is a great compliment to our staff and we are excited to welcome him to the 'Ville'."
Shay was at Ole Miss two years and prior to that, spent six years at Maryland as an assistant. He's a proven recruiter and we're excited to see what he can do on the Cardinals staff.
JONNEISHA PINEDA PROMOTED TO ASSOCIATE COACH
|(Paulie checking with JP to see if he has any|
eligibility left. She couldn't stop laughing...)
Coach J.P. -- Jonneisha Pineda -- got news good also on Thursday, getting promoted to an associate coach status from assistant coach. This is wonderful news for the Cardinals women's basketball program and Cardinals fans.
Coach J.P. is fond of saying "work is work" and definitely lives by the phrase, based on all the things she does with the Cards WBB program.
Coach J.P. came to Louisville in 2019 from Georgia Tech and has become a player and fan favorite since her arrival here. JP's focus with the Cards has been with the growth and development of the guards, and...all one has to do is look at the successes of Jaz Jones, Asia Durr, Dana Evans, Hailey Van Lith, Kianna Smith and many others since she's been here to realize she is very good at what she does.
Here's looking forward to more seasons with J.P until she gets the call to be a head coach somewhere.
SOFTBALL IN BLACKSBURG TO FACE VIRGINIA TECH
A crucial three-game road trip awaits the Cards starting today, when they face off against the Hokies.
These Hokies are #3 in the nation, according to the polls, and have put together a 32-6 season. They're atop the ACC standings with a 15-2 record, 1/2 game ahead of Duke.
Louisville is 24-17 on the season and is in sixth place in the ACC with an 8-7 conference record.
Friday and Saturday's games will be on ACC Network Extra (online) and Sunday's contest will be on the ACC Network. Start time Friday is 6 p.m.
The series will be a test to see how the Cards pitching can hold up against the powerful VT offensive attack.
Best of luck to Softball in Blacksburg !