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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Golf NCAA Regional Day One -- Softball to NCAA Tournament? -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Women's Golf in Seventh After Day One

Louisville women's golf sits in seventh place in their NCAA Regional after the opening day of action. The Cards finished the first day at 7-over-par 295, which is 11 strokes behind the first-place leader Oregon.

The current standings are:
-4  #2 Oregon
-1  #13 Texas
E  #11 Florida
+4  #33 TCU
+4  #28 Georgia
+5  #23 Arizona
+7  #38 Louisville
+8  #47 North Texas
+11  #50 Oklahoma
+14  New Mexico Sate
+14  Sam Houston
+21  Northern Arizona

The top four teams will advance to the NCAA Championships.

Lauren Thibodeau was the top performing Cardinal, shooting an even-par 72 to sit at 13th overall. Kendall Griffin and Carmen Griffiths are tied for 21st after shooting 2-over-par 72 on the day. Mairead Martin shot a 3-over-par 75 and Gabbi Bentancourt shot a 7-over-par 79.

Louisville tees off in the second day of action this morning at 10:00 MT (noon ET). The third and final round will be Wednesday. 

Softball to NCAA Tournament?

Following an unfortunate weekend sweep at #20 Notre Dame, Louisville Softball fell a spot to #40 in the rpi. Going into the ACC Tournament, finding a way to win is as important as can be. An opening round win against 9-seed Syracuse is a must. However, going up against 1-seed Virginia Tech in the second round is no easy task, but the Cards lost by one in the series opener against the Hokies a few weeks ago.

64 teams make the NCAA Tournament- 32 conference automatic qualifiers and 32 at-large bids. All the top teams in each conference winning their respective conference tournaments would help as well. 

A bracketology posting by College Sports Madness has Louisville in the Lexington Regional facing Robert Morris while Kentucky faces Wisconsin. Remember the last time a Kentucky team faced Robert Morris? (hint: Men's basketball NIT). 247 Sports has the Cards in the Lexington Regional as well but with Murray State replacing Robert Morris. Fast Pitch News puts Louisville in the Ann Arbor Regional with Michigan, South Carolina, and Miami (OH)

For now, it's time to take things one game at a time. 8-seed Louisville faces 9-seed Syracuse tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. and will be aired on ACC Network.

Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!

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