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 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 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 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.
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!!
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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The Cards fell to Notre Dame in game 2 of a 3 game series at Ulmer Stadium. There was a great crowd on a beautiful day. It was youth day and all kids 12 and under received a free t-shirt. The Cards made it interesting in the last inning. They were down 6-2, when they scored 2 and then had 2 on with 2 outs. Despite the loss. the ladies stayed and signed autographs for every fan that wanted one. The Cards were sitting just outside the top 25 while receiving votes in the last poll. They have a chance to rebound and win the last game in the series on Monday at 7pm. Here are photos from Sunday’s game. Read the rest of this entry
With the 2017 Softball season roaring into gear, I figured it would be a perfect time for all Louisville fans to meet our great softball team!
Sydney Warinner/RHP/New Albany, Ohio
Michala Riggle/C & 1B/Louisville, KY
The ladies kicked off the season in Las Vegas playing in the UNLV Sportco Kick Off Classic. Louisville won their first 2 games on day one beating Southern Utah 17-3 and beating CSU Bakersfield 13-2.
After 3 more games this weekend, The Cards play in the ACC/Big 10 challenge vs Purdue and Ohio State next weekend. The following weekend they travel to Cathedral City, CA for the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.
After playing their first 14 games on the road, the ladies first home game at Ulmer Stadium in the Red & Black Tournament is on March 3rd at 3:00 versus Indiana State followed by a 5:30 game versus Wisconsin-Green Bay. Admission is free.
USA Baseball announced the 40 players named to the 2016 USA Baseball Women’s National Team Trials roster. Among the 40 players was Louisville alum Brittany Duncan. Duncan will continue to work hard before she heads to California State University, Fullerton, from August 22-25, 2016 where the Women’s National Team Trials will be held. After the trials, 20-players will be selected from those 40 to the Women’s National Team that will travel to Gijang City, South Korea, for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s Baseball World Cup from September 3-11, 2016.
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The 2016 Softball season for The University of Louisville came to a conclusion with a 6-4 loss to BYU in the elimination bracket of the Columbia Regional in the NCAA Tournament. In the double elimination regional, The Cards lost their opening game to Nebraska in heartbreaking fashion as Nebraska hit a walk off single giving them the 3-2 victory. This was the third time this season that Louisville played Nebraska and the second time Nebraska won on a walk off. Read the rest of this entry
As announced on the NCAA selection show last night on ESPNU, The Louisville Cardinals Softball team has earned an at large bid and will be playing in the Columbia Regional along with the overall 15 seed Missouri, BYU and Nebraska. The Cards first game will be played on Thursday, May 19th at 5:30. It will be broadcast on ESPN2. The ladies will face Nebraska in their opening game of the double elimination regional. Here is the regional schedule…..
We have reached that time of year in Louisville where it seems that there is not a lot of University of Louisville athletics to keep us entertained. Basketball season is over and most of the recruiting news pertains to 2017 recruits. To me, the recruiting news is not that exciting because kids have a whole year to change their mind. I get excited when they actually step onto campus. I also don’t get too excited about preseason rankings or mock drafts that are still a year away. Sure they are conversation pieces but I guess its great for radio. The football spring game is over and we won’t see them on the field for five months. Our recent NFL draft success has helped bring more excitement to the program but the draft is now over. Read the rest of this entry
The Softball team will host Syracuse at Ulmer stadium on Saturday (DH) and Sunday. The times for Saturday (4/23) games are 12:00 and 2:00. Sunday (4/24) the game is at noon. Saturday is a Pink Out for breast cancer awareness. Admission is free and its the last home series of the season. Get out there and cheer on the ladies.
There will be one last home game but you need tickets for this one. It’s going to be a packed house as the Cards play their last home game of the season vs. #11 Kentucky Wildcats. The Battle of the Bluegrass is a Red Out. Click here to get your tickets… https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/uofl/EN/buy/quickbuy/397
Going into the month of April, The Cards were ranked 25th and on a 12 game winning streak. They are currently receiving votes but are just outside of the top 25. The ladies started off the month with a rain-delayed victory at North Carolina but dropped a double-header to the Tar Heels just a day later. Losing the games by scores of 5-6 and 6-8, the Cards had chances but just couldn’t get the hit they needed. These two losses to UNC were the first back to back losses of the season and ironically the first conference series loss since the beginning of April 2015.
The 25th ranked Louisville Softball team pounded Western Kentucky 12-0 yesterday for their 11th straight victory bringing their overall record to 23-6. The Cards had 2 Grand Slams, by freshman, to account for 8 of their 12 runs. The first grand slam was in the second inning by 5’2″ freshman Lillie Goetz. She also had a grand slam in the Cards last game, a 19-3 victory over N.C. State. In the third inning, Freshman Megan Hensley hit a her 8th home run of the season and first career grand slam, to push the Cards to a 12-0 lead.
The Louisville Softball team is ranked No. 25 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25. This is the first time since February of 2014 that the Cards made the top 25 when they were ranked 23rd. They appeared in the top 25 for 33 straight weeks from the beginning of the 2012 season to the beginning of the 2014 season.