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Late Saturday Night it was announced that ACC 2018 Coach of Year Holly Aprile from Pittsburgh would be the next softball coach for the Louisville Cardinals. Then, on Sunday morning University of Pittsburgh announced that she would be leaving. She spent the past 11 years at Pittsburgh as head coach before that she was an assistant coach at Pittsburgh & South Carolina. Holly helped guide the Panthers to a 33-18-1 record on the season & 238 Career Victories. This is a huge and great replacement for the retirement of long time Coach Sandy Pearsall.
On Saturday afternoon, 2019 UofL Football recruiting target Kristian Varner from Hiram, GA committed to UofL while he was on an unofficial visit.
Varner, a 3 Star 6’4 240 lbs DE, plays for Hiram High School. He picked Louisville over Tennessee, Iowa State, Western Kentucky, among other schools.
On Tuesday, Coach Sandy Pearsall announced her retirement effectively immediately. Sandy led the Cards to 718 victories, 6 Conference Championships, & 13 NCAA Tournament Appearances. She had been with the Cardinals since the program started in 2000.
Coach Pearsall stated in her final press conference “It is with mixed emotions that I have decided to retire from the University of Louisville.” “It has been a great ride, but after almost 35 years in the profession, it is time to walk away and focus on my family and my health. I am very thankful to the university, the administration, my staff and co-workers for their hard work, support and friendship throughout the years. I am especially thankful for the players who have come through our program. They have helped lay the foundation for the success we have built here.” (UofLSports.com)
Thank you for everything you did for the Univeristy Of Louisville off and on the field!
On Saturday Afternoon, Coach Chris Mack and staff received word that Richmond grad transfer Khwan Fore will be wearing a Cardinal uniform this upcoming season.
Khwan originally committed to Tennessee in early May as a grad transfer, but has now decided to join the Cardinals instead. Fore is 6-0 guard from Huntsville, Alabama.
On Tuesday, the ACC announced all conference teams for Softball which included 3 Cardinals. Sidney Melton & Megan Hensley was named to the first team all conference. Freshman Maddy Newman was named to the All Freshman Team. Congrats to these ladies on excellent season.
The Cards will take on Syracuse at 1pm Wednesday in the ACC Tournament in Atlanta.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Cardinals played the Thundering Herd of Marshall University. This was the final home game of the season. The Cards jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning with a single by senior Jena Jordan. Nicole Pufahl helped lead the charge in the bottom of the 3rd plating 2 runs & scoring on an error. The Cards led 4-0.
Marshall led up the top of the 4th with a solo home run. Sidney Melton scored Allison Szydlowski in the fourth inning. She was able to scored on an error to make it 6-1. The Thundering Herd stormed back in the top of 5th scoring 9 runs leading 10-6 going into the bottom of the 5th.
On Tuesday, Junior Pitcher Megan Hensley was announced as NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) & USA Softball Collegiate National Player of The Week. She also picked up ACC Pitcher of the week. Hensley pitched all three contests against Boston College only allowing 3 runs and striking out 7 batters.
Meagan was hitting .500 average & hitting 3 home runs. She is the first athlete from Louisville since Katie Keller in 2014 to win the National Player of the Week. Then, on Wednesday Hensley was named ESPNW Player of the Week.
The Cards made the travel up to Bloomington, Indiana to take on the Hoosiers. Led by strong pitching and strong bats the Cards were victorious. Nicole Pufahl single in the top 3rd let the Cards jump out to 1-0 lead.
Yesterday, the Cardinals started a 3 game series with Syracuse. They played a double header on Friday to be prepared for strong weather coming in on the East Coast. Here is a recap of each of the games:
Game 1: Cards: 3 Syracuse 2
Junior Megan Hensley provided the Cardinals with the power they needed at bat and pitching. She struck out 8 batters in pitching a complete game. Hensley picked up her 12th win of the season. Megan also connected on a 2 run home run in the 1st inning. The Cards scored 2 in the first and never looked back. Alexa Romero picked up the loss after allowing 3 in 4.2 innings pitched. The Cards pushed across another run in the 5th inning. Syracuse tried to come back scoring two runs in the bottom 5th wasn’t enough to catch the Cards.
Today, Louisville Basketball & Coach Chris Mack introduced to the media the new 3 assistant coaches Dino Gaudio, Mike Pegues, & Luke Murray. This coaching staff all trusts and believes in Coach Chris Mack’s style & coaching. This staff will be interesting how they will connect with the players and themselves. Here are some pictures & videos from today.
Assistant Coach Dino Gaudio
Assistant Coach Mike Pegues
Assistant Coach Luke Murray
The bats were HOT at Ulmer Stadium on Friday afternoon as the Cardinals beat the Virginia Cavaliers 14-7. Junior Meagan Hensley hit 2 home runs & collected 5 RBI’s. Senior Jenna Jordan also went 3-3 from the plate with 2 runs and 2 RBI. Freshman Kyra Snyder picked up her first win of the season.
The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead & never looked back. The win moved the Cardinals into 7th place for the conference with a record of 5-5 in conference. The Cards are 25-12 overall. The series against Virginia continues tomorrow at 3pm. Get out & support your Cards!!
Today, Coach Bobby Petrino & staff announced the dates for their annual summer camps. Get your kids signed up at http://www.cardinalfootballcamps.com for an awesome time to get coached by this coaching staff!!
This Weekend was a busy weekend for the Louisville Softball team. They hosted their annual Black & Red Classic. They hosted Maryland, UAB, Miami Ohio, & Eastern Illinois. These team continued this hot streak sweeping all their competition. Here is an individual break down of each of the games from this past weekend.
Game #1: vs Maryland: The Cards came into winners of 4 straight. Senior Nicole Pufahl went 2-3 with an RBI. She continued her rampage of hitting. Freshman Danielle Watson picked up her 10th win in pitching a complete game striking out a career high eight. Maryland couldn’t find an answer to Watson’s pitching.
Cards: 4 Maryland: 1
This weekend was a busy weekend for the Cardinals in Orlando, Florida competing in the D9 Citrus Classic. Here is how they fared over the weekend.
Game 1 vs Lehigh:
The offense exploded on the scene for the Cardinals as they won 14-1. Sophomore Caitlin Ferguson went 3-3 with 3 RBIs. Megan Hensley started for the Cards and pitched a solid three innings. Freshman Danielle Watson came in for relief of Hensley and pitched the remaining of the game to pick up the win. This was her 5th win on the season.
Cards: 14 Lehigh: 1
This was a busy weekend for the softball team in Raleigh, North Carolina. They competed in the ACC / Big Ten challenge against Northwestern & Ohio State. Here is how they did.
Northwestern Game 1:
This game was a crazy back and forth game. The Cards were down 6-2 with when the comeback led by seniors Jena Jordan & Jamie Soles. Morgan Hensley pitched very well as well. She pitched 7 innings only allowing 3 runs. Caitlin Ferguson was 3-5 at the plate with 2 RBI’s. Jena Jordan hit a three run home run in the top of the 7th to tie the score.
Cards: 7 Northwestern: 6
Northwestern Game 2:
In this game the offense didn’t along until the bottom of the forth. The Cards started with a lead off single by junior Madison Cousineau. Jamie Soles hit a single to score Maddy Newman replaced Madison as a pinch runner. Freshman Danielle Watson pitched a complete game only allowing two runs on three hits gaining her fourth win of the season. Coach Pearsall was very pleased how the team preformed in both games.
Cards: 3 Northwestern: 2
Ohio State Game 1:
This game was very hard defeat for the cards in extra innings. Sophomore Caitlin Ferguson went 3-4 with 2 runs and an RBI. Junior Megan Hensley hit a two run home as well. Danielle Watson pitched 1.2 innings allowing three runs while only striking out one picking up her first loss of the season.
Cards: 5 Buckeyes: 6
Ohio State Game 2:
The offense only produced three hits in a 4-0 defeat against the Buckeyes. Freshman Danielle Watson pitched four innings giving up one run on three hits while picking up her second loss of the game. The Cards had opportunities to gets runs on the board but just pushed them across. Coach Pearsall loved the effort in the first match up with the Buckeyes on Saturday but wasn’t happy with Sunday’s Performance.
Cards: 0 Buckeyes: 4
Up Next For The Cards: Cards travel back to Orlando for D-9 Citrus Classic.
Game #1 vs North Florida:
North Florida Ospreys took an early 3-0 lead. Then, Louisville & Senior Nicole Pufhal bats started getting going. Nicole lead the team with 3-3 day with a home run & 2 RBI’s. Also senior Jennifer Soles drove in the go ahead run in top of the 7th to help lead the Cards to victory. Freshman Danielle Watson picked up her second victory in a cardinal uniform. She pitched 5 innings only giving up 1 run and striking out 4 batters. Coach Pearsall loved the team’s enthusiasm to be able to fight back and win.
Cards: 5 North Florida: 4
Game #2 vs North Carolina:
This was an early season test against ACC preseason Coastal Favorite North Carolina. The Cards were led by Allison Szydlowski & Caitlin Ferguson with two hits apiece. The Cards couldn’t capitalize with runners in scoring position. Junior Megan Hensley got her first loss of the season only allowing 2 runs in 4 and a third innings.
Cards: 0 North Carolina: 2
Game #1 vs Illinois:
The Cards had an offensive explosion at the plate in their final game of the Jaclyn Invitational in Orlando, Florida. True Freshman Kyra Snyder led the cards going 4-5 from the plate. She had a double with 3 RBI’s. Danielle Watson picked up her her third win of the season. Coah Pearsall & coaching staff learned a lot about their team over this weekend tournament
Cards: 9 Illini: 7
Next up: ACC/Big 10 Challenge in Raleigh NC vs Northwestern & Ohio State
University of Louisville Softball started the season with a Friday sweep as they took down Butler University & University of Central Florida. Junior Blaire Bass helped lead the Cards in each of the victories. She went a combine 4-5 in the two games. Junior Megan Hensley & True Freshman Danielle Watson both picked up their first victories. Coach Sandy Pearsall was very happy with the team performance but said the team seemed a little tired at the end of the second game with playing back to back. The Cards take the field again tomorrow in Orlando part of the UCF Friends of Jacklyn Invitational. They will play North Florida at 11am & then ACC foe North Carolina at 4p.
Today, Louisville Softball was picked to finish 4th in the Atlantic Coast Conference by Coaches & Media. Florida State was picked to win the conference and the Atlantic Division. Louisville was picked to finish behind Florida State & Notre Dame in the Atlantic Division. North Carolina was picked to win the Coastal Division. We are now only three days (counting today) away from the start of the season. The Cards open Friday on the road in Orlando in a doubleheader against Butler and University of Central Florida at 12:00 & 2:30.
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Coach David Padgett sits down Jon Rothstein to discuss multiple topics from Rick Pitino’s influence on him as a coach to how this year’s team has preformed. This is a very good listen!
Yesterday, Louisville Women Lacrosse, and first year head coach Scott Teeter, added four new players. Courtney Deena comes from Maryland as a graduate transfer with one year of eligibility. Jen Schaaf comes from Howard Community College and she will still have four years of eligibility. Tessa Chad and Brenna Shanahan came to play for Scott Teeter who was their former coach at Canisius. These four will be huge additions to this years team. They open the season February 9th with a home opener on February 11th.
Click The Link if you want to read more about these young ladies and more about Women’s Lacrosse.