Louisville Opens Home Slate Friday with Cardinal Classic

first_img Louisville Cardinal Classic Game Notes Recapping the ACC/Big Ten ChallengeLouisville posted a 1-3 record last weekend in a tough ACC/Big Ten Challenge that featured Northwestern and then-No. 15/17 Michigan and was played at North Carolina’s Anderson Field.• Senior Megan Hensley led the charge at the plate, batting .455 (5-for-11) with a double, triple and home run on the weekend, and collected four RBIs to go along with a 1.000 slugging percentage and a .571 on-base percentage. Hensley climbing the record bookMegan Hensley has entered Louisville’s top career list in several categories.• Tied for first for grand slams with four, along with Lacy Wood (2003-06).• Fifth with nine career saves and needs one more to tie for fourth with Tori Collins (2009-12).• Seventh in career appearances (100). Tori Collins (2009-12)  stands sixth at 142.• Seventh in career games started in the circle (69). Carlisa Connell (2011-14) is sixth with 98.• Seventh in career innings pitched (462.2). Caralisa Connell is sixth with 608.0.• Tied for seventh in career wins (42), with Aja Sherman (2002-05). Jessica Rak (2000-03) stands in sixth place with 65 victories.• Eighth in career strikeouts (312), Aja Sherman (2002-05) is seventh with 463.• Ninth in career complete games (29). Needs three more to move into a tie for eight with Tara McClure (2000-01).• Ninth in career home runs with 27 – needs two more to move into a tie for seventh with Alicja Wolny (2010-13). ACC Network Extra Watch Link vs. Indiana State (Friday) Louisville picked to finish fourth in ACCThe Cardinals were picked to finish fifth overall and third in the Atlantic Division. In the team preseason poll, reigning national champion Florida State was unanimously selected to win its sixth-straight ACC regular season title. Notre Dame, North Carolina and Pitt respectively filled out the top five ahead of the Cardinals, who are coming off of a 33-20 campaign and a 10-12 mark in conference play.• In the Atlantic Division preseason standings, Louisville was picked to finish third behind Florida State and Notre Dame. Syracuse, Boston College and NC State round out the division. Last weekendLouisville posted a 3-1 record in the rain-altered Tennessee Classic last weekend. The Cardinals won their first three games in the tournament, defeating Kansas 5-3 and Bradley 7-5 on Sunday followed by a 6-0 win over Bradley Monday. Louisville’s only loss was a 5-3 setback against hos Tennessee on Monday. The road aheadThe Cardinals are embarking on a tough 2019 schedule which includes a total of 17 games against teams that qualified for the 2018 NCAA Tournament – including national champion Florida State. UofL will also face six opponents ranked among the top 25 and six receiving votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA polls.• Louisville’s ranked opponents include No. 1/1 Florida State, No. 7/8 Tennessee, No. 15/16 Indiana, No. 22/17 Kentucky, No. 22/21 Auburn and No. 23 Northwestern. Michigan, Cal State Fullerton, North Carolina all receiving votes in the polls.   Funke – a triple threatJunior Celene Funke has already ripped three triples in the first two weeks of the season and leads the ACC in that category. The quick centerfielder has five in her career and needs one more to move into a tie for 10th on Louisville’s all-time list. On Saturday, the Cards play Indiana State again at 10:30 a.m. and take on IUPUI at approximately 4:30 p.m. Louisville 7 – Bradley 5Megan Hensley had three hits, including a home run and collected four RBIs to help lead the University of Louisville softball team to a 7-5 win over Bradley in game two of the Tennessee Classic. Charley Butler also connected on her first hit, a home run in the contest. Roby (3-1) got the win after giving up three earned runs on six hits and striking out four in 4.2 innings of relief. Melton among Louisville’s career leaders in stolen bases…Senior third baseman Sidney Melton has threestolen bases on the season, increasing her career total to 36 which places her ninth on Louisville’s career list. She needs one more to move into a tie for eighth with Jordan McNary (2014-17). Cardinal Classic Schedule (revised)Friday, March 110:30 AM                             Indiana State vs. Louisville12:30 PM                             Missouri vs. Louisville2:30 PM                               IUPUI vs. Indiana State4:30 PM                               IUPUI vs. MissouriSaturday, March 210:30 AM                             Indiana State vs. Louisville12:30 PM                             IUPUI vs. Missouri2:30 PM                               Indiana State vs. Missouri4:30 PM                               IUPUI vs. LouisvilleAll game times EST and subject to change.The team in BOLD will be the designated home team.The team listed first will occupy the first base dugout, while the second team will occupy the third base dugout.Parking: Fans are encouraged to utilize the parking garage on Floyd Street (enter from Floyd Street, adjacent to the Ralph Wright Natatorium). There is a flat $5 fee for parking. MissouriSeries Record: Louisville leads 6-5Last Meeting: Feb. 13, 2015 – Missouri won 5-1 in Clermont, Fla. in Dot Richardson’s National Collegiate Softball Invitational.Scouting the Tigers: •  Missouri enters the weekend with an overall record of 9-5. Last weekend at the Mary Nutter Classic, the Tigers beat New Mexico State in five innings but fell to BYU, Arizona, #2 UCLA and #5 Washington.•  Gabby Garrison has gone 7-for-17 for a .412 average to lead the Tigers at the plate. Madi Norman leads Missouri from the circle with a .085 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 41 innings pitched.•  Missouri finished the 2018 season with a 30-29 overall record and trip to the Norman NCAA Regional. LOUISVILLE SOFTBALL Notes• Louisville is 16-3 in home openers in the history of the program.• The 2019 campaign marks Louisville’s 20th season as a program and first under new head coach Holly Aprile’s tutelage.• The Cardinals were picked to finish third in the Atlantic Division and fifth overall as voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches.• Louisville is led at the plate by freshman Rebecca Chung, who is batting .400 (8-for-20) with a double, a home run and nine RBIs She also leads the Cardinals with a .750 slugging percentage and a .552 on-base percentage.• Junior Celene Funke has now reached via a hit or a walk in 12 straight games.• Danielle Watson (3-4) carries a team-best 2.44 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 37.1 innings of work. She is also holding opponents to a .187 batting average.• Seniors Megan Hensley leads the team with 10 RBI.• Hensley and senior Sidney Melton were selected to the 2019 Preseason All-ACC Team.The Aprile Era2019 marks the first season under new head coach Holly Aprile following the retirement of Sandy Pearsall, who began the program in 2000. Aprile becomes only the second head coach in Louisville softball history.• Prior to her arrival at Louisville, Aprile, 2018 ACC Coach of the Year spent 10 seasons (2009-18) as Pittsburgh’s head coach and five years (2004-08) as an assistant. In 2018, she earned ACC Coach of the Year honors after leading the Panthers to the 2018 ACC Coastal Division title and a runner-up finish in the conference tournament. Cardinal Classic Tournament Central ACC Network Extra Watch Link vs. IUPUI Louisville celebrates 20th SeasonThe 2019 campaign marks the University of Louisville softball program’s 20th season. Leading up to this season, UofL has compiled a 718-371 (.659) record with six conference championships, 13 NCAA regional appearances and four regional finals. 2019 PRESEASON ACC COACHES POLL1) Florida State (121 points, 11 first-place votes)2) Notre Dame (102 points)3) North Carolina (95 points)4) Pitt (88 points)5) Louisville (75 points)6) Duke (69 points)7) Georgia Tech (55 points)8) Syracuse (51 points)9) Boston College (47 points)10) Virginia Tech (41 points, 1 first-place vote)11) NC State (29 points)12) Virginia (19 points)Atlantic Division                Coastal Division1) Florida State                   1) North Carolina2) Notre Dame                    2) Pitt3) Louisville                          3) Duke4) Syracuse                           4) Georgia Tech5) Boston College               5) Virginia Tech6) NC State                           6) Virginia No. 7/8 Tennessee 5 – Louisville 3The Cardinals put together a late-inning rally with a three-run homer by Taylor Roby and had the go-ahead run at the plate, but fell 5-3 to host No. 7/8 Tennessee in the final game of the Tennessee Classic Monday evening. The University of Louisville softball team will play host to Indiana State in its home opener Friday at 10:30 a.m. followed by a matchup against Missouri at 12:30 p.m. The Cardinals will also welcome IUPUI to Ulmer Stadium for this weekend’s Cardinal Classic which will take place Friday and Saturday. Admission is free to all home games. Cards against the fieldIndiana StateSeries Record: Louisville leads 5-3Last Meeting: March 5, 2017 – Indiana State won 8-6 in eight innings at Ulmer StadiumScouting the Sycamores•  Indiana State enters the weekend with a 7-3 overall record. The Sycamores are coming off wins against Cleveland State and Butler at the Hilltopper Classic.•  Bailey Martin leads Indiana State at the plate. She carries a .486 (18-for-37) batting average with two homeruns and 13 RBI’s. Gabbi Schnaiter boasts a 3-0 record and 0.81 ERA in 26 innings pitched.•  The Sycamores finished the 2018 season with a 26-28 record and picked up a win in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. ACC Network Extra Watch Link vs. Missouri ACC Network Extra Link vs. Indiana State (Saturday) All of Louisville’s games will be televised on ACC Network Extra through WatchESPN with Don Russell handling play-by-play duties and Suzanne Bush providing analysis. Live scoring is available on GoCards.com. Story Links IUPUISeries Record: Louisville leads 4-1Last Meeting: March 10, 2017 – UL won 7-2 at Ulmer StadiumScouting the Jaguars:•  IUPUI comes to Louisville with a 3-12 record on the 2019 season. Last weekend at the Razorback Invitational, the Jaguars earned a win over SIU-Edwardsville but fell to Drake, Southeast Missouri State, and #12 Arkansas.•  Jaida Speth’s .370 (10-for-27) batting average leads the team. Lexi Lucas leads the Jaguars from the circle with three wins in 53 innings pitched.•  IUPUI finished the 2018 season with a 16-33 record and two wins in the Horizon League tournament. LOUISVILLE NOTES: • Funke has reached safely via a hit or walk in 12 straight games and she is currently on a five-game hitting streak.• Melton now has 36 career stolen bases and stands in ninth place on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs one more to tie Jordan McNary (2014-17) for eighth place.• Chung leads the team with a .400 batting average, a .750 slugging percentage and a .552 on-base percentage. Roby stands second on the team with a .391 average, a .565 slugging percentage and a .481 on-base percentage.• Hensley now has 42 career victories, moving her into a tie for seventh with Aja Sherman (2002-05) on Louisville’s all-time list. Jessica Rak (2000-03) stands in sixth place with 65 career wins.•  Butler connected on her first career triple, one day after registering a home run as her first career hit. The two RBIs and two runs are also career highs for Butler.• Melton improved her career run total to 120 and stands ninth on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs two more to move into a tie for eighth with Jordan Trimble (2010-13)•  Hensley’s four RBIs mark a season high for her – she now leads the team with 10. She also has 139 career RBIs and needs one more to tie Keola Calderon (2000-03) for eighth on UofL’s all-time RBI list.•  Hensley now has 27 career home runs and moves into a tie for eighth with Lacy Wood (2003-06) on Louisville’s list. Youthful ImpressionsWhile the Cardinals have solid veteran leadership in the lineup some underclassmen are having an immediate impact early in their careers.• Freshman catcher Rebecca Chung leads the team with a .400 batting average (8-for-20) and nine RBIs along with a .750 slugging percentage and a .552 on-base percentage after playing in 10 games with eight starts.• Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby stands second among Louisville’s offensive leaders with a .391 batting average (9-for-23). She has also been solid in the circle, posting a 3-1 record with 22 strikeouts in 22.2 innings of work.• Freshman Charley Butler has started every game in left field and recently connected on her first career home run against Bradley (2/24).• Sophomores Maddy Newman and Kyra Snyder have started every game at second base and first base respectively while fellow sophomore Riley Schneider has started 11 games in right field.• Sophomore Danielle Watson leads the team in the circle with  a 2.44 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 37.1 innings. And runs scoredMelton recently increased her career run tally to 120 and moved into a tie for ninth on Louisville’s all-time list in that category. She needs one more to tie for eighth with Jordan McNary (2014-17).• Last year, the speedy infielder led the team with 45 runs and moved into a five-way tie for ninth place among the all-time single season leaders. Louisville 6 – Bradley 0Megan Hensley struck out seven in a complete game shutout and fCharley Butler scored twice and drove in a pair of runs to help the UofL beat Bradley 6-0. Hensley picked up the win, scattering four hits and striking out seven in 7.0 innings. Butler connected on her first career triple, one day after registering a home run as her first career hit. The two RBIs and two runs are also career highs for Butler. Celene Funke finished the game with two doubles. Stingy pitching in the Titan ClassicThe Cardinals were impressive in the circle during their opening weekend, producing a 1.35 team ERA with two shutouts while holding opponents to a .174 batting average.• Sophomore Danielle Watson was impressive in her 2019 debut, tossing a one-hit shutout against Cal State Fullerton. In that game, she registered a career-high nine strikeouts and did not walk a batter. Watson was also impressive in the loss to Northwestern, carrying a one-hitter into the seventh inning and ultimately scattering two hits over the course of seven innings while fanning six.• Freshman Taylor Roby had an impressive debut in the circle, picked up two wins as Louisville went 3-2 in its opening weekend. The freshman posted a 2-0 record with a 2.10 ERA. She struck out 14 and scattered seven hits over 10 innings for a .184 opponent batting average.• In her first game against Buffalo, she tossed a one-hit shutout and struck out 10. She also got the win against Utah State.• Senior Megan Hensley posted a career-high in strikeouts with 10 against Idaho State and did not give up a walk in the contest. Northwestern 9 – Louisville 8 (9 inn.)The Cardinals built an 8-3 lead through six innings, but could not overcome a late rally by Northwestern as the Wildcats prevailed 9-8 in nine innings in the tournament opener.Senior Megan Hensley went 3-for-5 with a home run and a triple and drove in three runs to lead the Cardinals at the plate. Sophomore Danielle Watson struck out five in 2.2 innings of relief.Michigan 6 – Louisville 0The Wolverines built a 5-0 lead through two innings and added a run in the fifth to back Meghan Beaubien’s one-hitter as No. 15/17 Michigan beat Louisville 6-0. Celene Funke connected on Louisville’s lone hit. Watson took the loss, after giving up five earned runs on seven hits and striking out one in two innings.Louisville 2 – No. 15/17 Michigan 1A two-run sixth inning sparked by senior Megan Hensley’s RBI hit and runs by senior Sidney Melton and Celene Funke helped the Cardinals upset No. 15/17 Michigan 2-1 Saturday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.• Watson picked up the win, allowing one earned run on five hits and striking out four in a complete game effort. Hensley, Melton and junior Caitlin Ferguson each had a hit in the game.Northwestern 4 – Louisville 2The Cards fell 4-2 to Northwestern despite outhitting the Wildcats 7-6 in their final game of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Sunday morning.• Junior Caitlin Ferguson tallied two hits and scored a run while freshman Rebecca Chung drove in both Louisville RBIs to lead the Cards at the plate.• The Cardinals took an early 1-0 lead, but fell behind 4-1 as Northwestern scored two in the second and a run in the third and fifth innings. An RBI double by Chung in the sixth cut the lead to two runs, and the Cards had two on with the go-ahead run at the plate in the seventh, but could not capitalize on the opportunity. Louisville 5 – Kansas 3Danielle Watson struck out eight and Rebecca Chung connected on a two-run homer to help the University of Louisville softball team beat Kansas 5-3 in the opening game of the Tennessee Classic. Looking back to 2018• The Cardinals finished the season with a 33-20 overall record and reached the quarterfinals of the ACC Championship before falling 7-4 to eventual national champion Florida State.• Among the returners are National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region selections junior Caitlin Ferguson and Hensley as well as all-ACC honoree Melton and sophomore Maddy Newman, who earned 2018 all-ACC freshman team honors. Junior Celene Funke also returns after leading the team with a .355 batting average along with sophomore Danielle Watson who posted 14 wins in the circle during her freshman campaign. Live Scoring Up NextLouisville will close out its six-game homestand with a midweek matchup against Lipscomb on March 6. Following that game, the Cardinals will hit the road for Auburn’s War Eagle Challenge to face Michigan State, Mercer, Auburn and Radford. Cards on the airAt the start of the 2019 season, the Cardinals will have 25 games televised nationally including one contest on ESPNU. The television slate feature all of the Cardinals’ 19 home games.• All 12 ACC institutions sponsoring softball will be featured multiple times throughout the season, with more than 220 games streaming on ACC Network Extra, Watch ESPN and the ESPN App.  ESPN’s broadcast schedule will include more than 650 college softball games.• The Cardinals will appear on ESPN’s ACC Monday on 6 for the third game of its ACC matchup against 2018 national champion and preseason ACC favorite Florida State. Print Friendly Versionlast_img