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.
3-25 vs N.C. State 2:00 at Ulmer Stadium
3-25 vs. N.C. State 4:00 at Ulmer Stadium
3-26 vs. N.C. State Noon at Ulmer Stadium
Here is your schedule for the Louisville Softball Classic at Ulmer Stadium this weekend.
Friday (3-10) – 4p.m.vs. Illinois State University
Saturday (3-11) – 2:30 p.m. vs. Jacksonville State University
– 4:30 p.m. vs. University of Dayton
Sunday (3-12) – 12p.m. vs. Eastern Kentucky University
Monday (3-13) – 10:00a.m. vs. University of Michigan
– 2:30 vs. University of Dayton
The Lady Cards opened the season with nine straight games away from home, going 6-3. Today they returned home to Ulmer stadium to host the Red & Black Softball Classic. It started with an opening game at 1:00 vs. Cleveland State an a 3:00 vs. Kent State. They play Saturday (2/27) at 1:00 vs. Cleveland State and again at 3:00 vs. North Dakota State. They also have a Sunday (2/28) home game vs. Kent State. On Wednesday (3/2) the Cards head to Nashville to take on Lipscomb University before they open up ACC play vs. Georgia Tech on 3/5 and 3/6 at Ulmer Stadium. Read the rest of this entry
This weekend the softball team travels to Raleigh N.C. to play in the ACC/Big 10 challenge. The weekend schedule looks like this,
Friday – 2 p.m. vs. Wisconsin (4-1)
Saturday – 12p.m.vs. Nebraska (5-0)
2:30 p.m. vs. Wisconsin
Sunday – 10 a.m. vs. Nebraska
This week…..on 55…..
In honor of MY beloved Steelers hiring former Steeler great Joey Porter…and because I couldn’t find any new 55 pics…I have dedicated the title pic to you Joey Porter. Congrats! On the job not being the header on 55, or both, whatever. This week on 55 we discuss long layoffs, an all seeing being in CardNation and much, much more. Well here we go. Once again, I share with you the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is….55.
1) We shall start off this week with a little Football talk. Tae Thibodeaux signed with UofL on Wednesday. The 6’1 267 pound Defensive Tackle is a much needed addition to the 2014 recruiting class. Read more here
2) Also this past weekend the Cards had a ton of visitors. Headed by David Moala, Pio Vatuvei for officials and Emmitt Smith and compamy here for junior day. Read more about Pio and Moala here
3) It was announced that all of the Spring practices will be open to the public leading up to the annual Spring game on April 11. Here is the full schedule:
4) Henry Famurewa Tweeted this out on Saturday:
5) Straight Fire………..
6) On to Basketball
7) “This has been the longest wait ever between games! At least we get to play tomorrow.”
8) “No we don’t”
10) Snowmageddon, patent pending, probably not, pushed UofL’s game vs storied rival Temple over to Friday night AKA Valentines Day. No worries as the Cards dispatched their rivals 82-58. Montrezl Harrell had a career high 22 points and with his 6 dunks, pulled within one dunk of the single season dunk record set by Chane Behanan. Surely he would shatter that vs Rutgers….
12) Because he would only get one dunk Sunday night vs storied rival Rutgers during a 102-54 stomping of Rutgers at home in the YUM! Lead by Luke Hancock’s 25 points (6 threes), Rozier’s 4 threes which led to an overall season high 16 3 point baskets made, it gave very few opportunities for Trezl to be Trezl. Worry not as the very next dunk breaks the record.
13) Also evidentally ESPN likes to call every team we play a storied rival
Following a 2013 season that saw the program’s 10th consecutive NCAA Regional appearance, the No. 19/18 Louisville Cardinals top the 2014 American Athletic Conference Softball Preseason Coaches’ Poll, as selected by the conference’s eight head coaches.
Louisville received six of seven possible first place votes for 48 total points to take the honor. The Cardinals are coming off an impressive 2013 season, which saw the program post a 47-13 overall record and an 18-4 conference mark in the former Big East. Despite finishing third in the Big East in the regular season and falling to eventual champion USF in the Big East Championship semifinals, Louisville earned an at-large selection to the 2013 NCAA Tournament and home field advantage in the Regional round. The 2014 Cardinal squad will feature eight letterwinners and six starters returning, including senior and 2013 NFCA Second Team All-American second baseman Katie Keller. Four other seniors and Big East award winners, pitchers Rachel LeCoq and Caralisa Connell, outfielder Hannah Kiyohara and catcher Maggie Ruckenbrod, will join Keller in pursuit of an 11th straight NCAA bid, all of which have come under 14th-year head coach Sandy Pearsall.
No. 25/23 USF took the second-place slot in the Preseason Poll, picking up one first place vote and 44 overall points. The reigning Big East Champions, the Bulls earned their first-ever conference championship last season and advanced to their second-straight NCAA Tournament, which marked the 11th appearance in program history. Head coach Ken Eriksen became the all-time winningest coach in any sport in USF history last season, leading his Bulls to a 45-16 record (18-3 Big East). USF has a wealth of talent returning for 2014, including NFCA Third Team All-American pitcher Sara Nevins, who posted a 1.20 ERA last season. 2013’s top hitter, Kourtney Salvarola, and NFCA All-Regional selection Stephanie Medina will anchor USF as seniors at shortstop and first base, respectively.
2014 American Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll
|School (First Place Votes)||Points|
|1. Louisville (6)||48|
|2. USF (1)||44|