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Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Softball vs WKU -- Lax to Host ACC First Round this Weekend -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

A Happy Wednesday to you! Today is National Garlic Day, and your taxes are now officially a day case you just woke up. 

With the Louisville Bats picking their season back up and Daryl doing some big wig duties over there, we see a little musical chairs with the posts this week...I'm batting today instead of Paulie, Daryl is the Thursday designated writer and Paulie will handle Friday duties. 

All I want to know is what's the girl's name on first base. Who? Yes. 

Softball Travels to Western Kentucky

Continuing their late-season non-conference slate, Louisville softball travels to Bowling Green for a midweek game against Western Kentucky. The game is set for 7:00 p.m. ET and is expected to be aired through Facebook live, provided by WKU Athletics.

Louisville improved to 28-14 on the year following a double header sweep over Oakland on Sunday. The Cards totaled eight home runs (Taylor Roby 3, Hannah File 3, Korbe Otis 2) including a combined .500 batting average in the second game.

This is the final non-conference game of the season for Louisville, who has series remaining against Virginia, Boston College, and Florida State.

Western Kentucky is 23-17 on the season. The Hilltoppers are fresh off a series loss to MTSU. WKU has lost five of their last seven games.

Katie Gardner has spent over half the time in the circle for WKU, facing 584 of their 1025 opponents' at bats. The senior is 11-11 with a 3.66 ERA. Gardner has struck out 146 batters.

(Paulie and Sonja have visited the WKU campus more than any other UofL opponent's lair...except Kentucky. And, Sonja attended there back in college. She knows Big Red personally, we've heard) 

WKU hits .294 as a team. Faith Hegh is one of five players hitting above .300 with a .397 average. Hegh leads the team with 40 hits. Taylor Sanders is top on the team with 39 RBIs and nine home runs.

Louisville owns the all-time series 19-3.

Lacrosse to Host ACC Opening Round This Weekend

For the first time in school history, Louisville lacrosse will host an ACC Tournament game. The 8-seeded Cards will welcome 9-seed Duke on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The Cards are a #8 seed in the tournament, Duke a #9 seed. 

Most recently, Louisville had a come-from-behind win against the Blue Devils on Senior Day for their second ACC win of the season.

The Cards still have a trip to Notre Dame on Thursday night to close out the regular season.

Both Thursday's and Sunday's games are expected to be aired on ACCNX.

WBB Transfer Portal

It was announced that Hailey Van Lith is currently on a visit to reigning national champion LSU. While there is no confirmation on where the former Louisville guard plans to use her final two years of eligibility, LSU does check off several boxes including a national championship contender and a good location for NIL options.

This could be see how HVL and Angel Reese co-exist on the same team. Did the NCAA WBB rules committee decide teams can have two balls on the court now?  Add Ms. Mulkey to the mess and you've got the potential for a classic Three Stooges remake.

(Yes, there is tangible proof right here in the photo that Paulie is taller than both Hailey and her Dad)

Yes, Van Lith upset a lot of Louisville fans when she announced her plans to transfer following the NCAA Tournament. We've discussed how the NIL and transfer portal have changed the basketball culture. We wish HVL the best wherever she ends up at. 

Happy Wednesday and Go Cards!

1 comment:

  1. Okay one thumb up for garlic day and a another thumb for the nice picture, great picture Paulie.


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