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Monday, April 8, 2024

Cards SB drops series finale to FSU...South Carolina is NCAA WBB Champ -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


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YOU have to wonder if the predomnant thought in the FSU Softball camp Sunday afternoon was..."get us to the airport and get us out of here...,these Cardinals gave us all we could handle"? 

But it wasn't quite to be a UofL win, in the rubber match against FSU Sunday. in a back and forth affair, the Cards fell 4-3 to the #18 Seminoles.


The Cards bounced out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Daisy Hess reached on a hit-byo pitch and came around to score on a Bailee Richardson single.  That lead held, underneath the strong pitching of Alyssa Zabala until the top of the fourth when the Noles plated two runs on a costly right field Cardinals error. 

The fifth inning featured the Cards adding two riuns to their total and completing their scoring for the day. .It was "the Riley and Kiley show" standing out for the scores...  Kiley Goff managed a bases loaded grounder to score one run and a Riley Frizell single brought home the go-ahead run. 3-2 Cards after five.  . 

FSU wasn't done, though,. two Nole hits and two Cardinals errors allowed two runs and the Noles left the top of the sixth ahead 4-3.   Louisville would not surrender so easity, though,. Maddie Grant and KatieThatcher worked their way to second and third with two outs in the botton of the seventh, but a ground out ended the Cards threat. 

Zabala goes to 16-9 with the loss, All four runs were unearned off her,...four Cardinals errors were the costly deciders in this one. Brooke Gray came in to pitch the final 1-2/3 innings for UofL and kept FSU off the board. 

 A tough loss in front of a huge crowd for the Sunday contest. Our Jared Anderson was there, to snap photos of the action... 


IN A BATTLE of birds, the South Caroina Gamecocks went on a spree late to dispose of the Iowa Hawkeyes 87-75 and claim the NCAA WBB NCAA title, 

Dawn Staley is 109-3 over the last three years with the cocks, and got past the Iowa Haekeyes huge game by Caitin Clark from Iowa  and her 30 point effort to claim the 2024 title. 

South Carolina rallied from a 27-20 end of first quarter deficit to take a 49-46 lead at halftime. And , the Gamecocks came out flyng high after the half and increased their lead to 68-59 after three quarters South Csrolina withstood a couple of  late Iowa  attempts to get the 12-point win. 

Kamilla Cardoso led a balanced USC attack with 15 points.


Congratulations to Jason W. for winning our Pick 'Em challenge...He corrrectly had South Carolina as winning it all and beat out Blue Lou and the other challengers. A long time friend of our Jared Anderson...the is a long time participant, but, his is his first win in our pick 'em challenge.. Jason chose the Cracker Barrel gift card....get at them grits, son! 
A big thanks to all for playing and to Jared for faithfully serving again as our bracket Czar and handlling the duites in his usual effective fashion. 


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