Cards Hit the Road for Auburns War Eagle Challenge

first_imgMercerSeries Record: First meetingScouting the Bears: Mercer enters the weekend at 10-10 overall on a five-game winning streak. The Bears went 4-0 last weekend, defeating Wright State, South Carolina State, Gardner-Webb and Maryland Eastern Shore in Gardner-Webb’s Red and Black Classic.• Sophomore Allie Jones leads Mercer at the plate, batting .397 with 13 RBIs. The 2018 Southern Conference All-Freshman select has five doubles this season and has recorded a hit six of the last seven games.• Freshman Lynn Gardner has won her last three starts, bringing her season record to 6-3 with a 4.84 ERA. She has 33 strikeouts on the season and pitched a pair of shutouts in her last four outings. 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 (102). Tori Collins (2009-12)  stands sixth at 142.• Seventh in career games started in the circle (71). Carlisa Connell (2011-14) is sixth with 98.• Seventh in career innings pitched (473.0). Caralisa Connell is sixth with 608.0.• Seventh in career wins (44). Jessica Rak (2000-03) stands in sixth place with 65 victories.• Eighth in career RBI (141) needs four more to move into a tie for sixth with Melissa Roth (2007-10) and Taner Fowler (2011-14).• Eighth in career strikeouts (312), Aja Sherman (2002-05) is seventh with 463.• Ninth in career complete games (30). Needs two 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). About Louisville• This will be UofL’s first visit to Auburn’s Jane B. Moore Field.• Louisville brings an 11-6 overall record into the weekend following a 4-0 performance in its home-opening Cardinal Classic last weekend.• Due to extremely cold weather, the Cardinals’ midweek game against Lipscomb was rescheduled for April 2 at 5 p.m.• Louisville is led at the plate by freshman Taylor Roby who is hitting .379 (11-for-29).• Freshman Rebecca Chung leads the Cardinals with three home runs and has now reached base via a hit or a walk in 10 straight games.• Senior Megan Hensley has driven in a team-high 12 RBIs and is currently on a seven game hitting streak.• Hensley also carries a team-best 2.08 ERA.• Danielle Watson (4-4) leads the pitching staff with 43 strikeouts in 44.1 innings and is holding opponents to a .187 batting average.• Hensley and senior Sidney Melton were selected to the 2019 Preseason All-ACC Team.• 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.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. 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. Young CardsWhile the Cardinals have solid veteran leadership in the lineup some underclassmen are having an immediate impact early in their careers.• Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby leads the team with a .379 batting average and is tied for the team lead with four wins in the circle.• Freshman catcher Rebecca Chung leads the team three home runs and stands second with 11 RBIs. She also carries a team-best .750 slugging percentage and .525 on-base percentage.• 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 13 games in right field.• Sophomore Danielle Watson leads the team in the circle with 43 strikeouts in 44.1 innings. Cards against the fieldMichigan StateSeries Record: UL leads 1-0Last Meeting: Feb. 20, 2012 – Louisville won 4-1 in the FIU Combat Classic.Scouting the Spartans: •  Michigan State enters the weekend with an overall record of 5-12. Last weekend at the Easton Crimson Classic at Alabama, the Spartans collected two wins over St. Francis (Pa.) and fell to Alabama and Southern Mississippi.•  At the plate, Michigan State is led by the Echols sisters. Charla Echols leads the team with a .419 (18-for-43) batting average, seven doubles and nine RBI’s. Ebonee Echols sports a .357 (15-for-42) batting average with four doubles and 13 RBI’s.•  From the circle, McKenna Gregory leads the Spartans with a 2.92 ERA in 26.1 innings pitched. Alli Walker leads Michigan State in wins with two in 38.1 innings pitched. AuburnSeries Record: UL leads 1-0Last Meeting: Feb. 8, 2009 – Louisville won 5-3 in the FIU Combat Classic.Scouting the Tigers: No. 19/20 Auburn (16-4) is on a roll, winning 11 of its 12 games. They competed in the Judi Garman Classic this weekend, defeating Loyola Marymount, UTSA and Oregon before falling to Washington in their final game.• Senior Casey McCrackin is an offensive force and has a hit in 11 of the last 12 games. She is one of the premier players in the SEC, batting .458 with five home runs and 18 RBIs.•  Senior Makayla Martin is continuing a stellar career into her final season in the circle. Martin (8-2) has eight wins in nine starts with an 0.84 ERA and 62 strikeouts.CARDINAL CONNECTION: • Senior Blaire Bass played at Auburn as a freshman in 2016.• Louisville freshman catcher Cassady Greenwood (Birmingham, Ala.) and Auburn redshirt sophomore outfielder Carmyn Greenwood are sisters. 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. 16/17 Indiana, No. 18/22 Kentucky, No. 19/20 Auburn, No. 23 Michigan and No. 25 Northwestern. Notre Dame, Cal State Fullerton, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech are also receiving votes in the coaches’ polls. melton earns acc postgraduate scholarshipSidney Melton was among 52 recipients of the 2019 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship Award announced on Thursday by the Atlantic Coast Conference.• The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker postgraduate scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $6,000 toward his or her graduate education. Those honored have performed with distinction in both the classroom and their respective sport, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.•The student-athletes will be honored at the annual Cone Health ACC Postgraduate Scholarship Luncheon presented by ESPN on April 10. The luncheon will be hosted by the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club at the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel Imperial Ballroom in Greensboro, N.C.er stroke average.• A three-year starter, Melton was a 2018 All-ACC first team honoree after leading the Cardinals with a career-best 45 runs and finishing second on the team with 15 stolen bases. She was also a 2016 all-ACC tournament selection. The redshirt-senior infielder currently leads the team with 10 runs and stands ninth on Louisville’s career list for runs (121) and stolen bases (36). Her success extends to the classroom as a three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar Athlete and All-ACC Academic Team member while majoring in health and human performance and exercise science with minors in sport administration and psychology. 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 And runs scoredMelton recently increased her career run tally to 121 stands 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 War Eagle Challenge Game Notes CARDINAL CLASSIC RECAPLouisville outscored its opponents 18-4 en route to a 4-0 record in its home-opening Cardinal Classic at Ulmer Stadium.• Senior Megan Hensley paced the Cardinals offensively with a .385 batting average (5-for-13).• Hensley also picked up two wins in the circle as the Cardinals went undefeated in the Cardinal Classic.• On the weekend, she posted a 0.64 ERA, allowing one earned run and struck out 11 in 11.0 innings and held Louisville’s opponents to a .214 batting average.• She also improved her career win total to 44 and gained sole possession of seventh place on Louisville’s all-time wins list.Louisville 7 – Indiana State 1In their home opener, the Cardinals scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth to break open a 1-1 tie.• Junior Celene Funke went 3-for-4 with a triple, and RBI and a run and sophomore Kyra Snyder had a hit and two RBIs. Senior Megan Hensley got the win after surrendering one earned run on six hits and striking out six in 4.0 innings. Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby picked up her first career save, holding the Sycamores scoreless on one hit and fanning three in 3.0 innings of relief.Louisville 5 – Missouri 3In game two of the day, Louisville scored two runs in the fourth and three in the sixth to erase a 3-0 deficit and beat the Tigers 5-3.• Freshman Rebecca Chung hit a two-run homer and Caitlin Ferguson went 2-for-3 with a double, a run and an RBI and freshman Taylor Roby went 2-for-3 with an RBI to help lead the Cardinals at the plate. Sophomore Danielle Watson (4-4) surrendered three runs, two earned, on five hits and struck out five to get the complete game win.Louisville 3 – Indiana State 0Junior Caitlin Ferguson’s second home run of the season powered the University of Louisville softball team to a 3-0 win over Indiana State. Freshman Taylor Roby tossed a complete game shutout while scattering three hits and striking out three in 7.0 innings.• Ferguson paced the Cardinals at the plate, going 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs. Megan Hensley also went 1-for-3 with a leadoff triple to start the sixth inning.Louisville 3 – IUPUI 0UofL capped the Cardinal Classic with a 3-0 victory over IUPUI with senior Megan Hensley earning the win.Hensley finished the complete game shutout, striking out five and allowing three hits. 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. Ticket Link Story Links 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.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. Up NextLouisville will play host to Morehead State in a doubleheader on Tuesday. Following that, the Cardinals will open ACC play when Syracuse visits Ulmer Stadium for a three-game series starting on Friday. Funke – a triple threatJunior Celene Funke has already ripped four triples in the first month of the season and leads the ACC in that category. The centerfielder has six in her career and is tied for 10th on Louisville’s all-time list. RadfordSeries Record: UL leads 1-0Last Meeting: Feb. 13, 2004 – UL won 5-1 in the North Carolina Triangle ClassicScouting the Highlanders:• Radford enters the weekend with a 6-9 overall record. At the Chanticleer Showdown last weekend, Radford picked up a win over Austin Peay but lost to UNLV and Jacksonville.• Sydney Fisher leads the Highlanders with a .446 (25-for-56) batting average with three doubles and team-top 11 RBI’s.• Jessie Marvin leads Radford from the circle with two wins and team-low 2.58 ERA in 40.2 innings pitched. Kayla Huffman also has two wins for the Highlanders in 33.1 innings pitched. Live scoring Melton among career leaders in stolen bases…Senior third baseman Sidney Melton has four stolen bases on the season, increasing her career total to 37 which places her tied for eighth on Louisville’s career list. She needs one more to move into a tie for seventh with Melissa Roth (2007-10). home sweet homeLouisville has compiled a 4-0 record at Ulmer Stadium this season. 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. 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. 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. Live scoring: https://auburntigers.com/sidearmstats/softball/summaryTicket link: https://auburntigers.com/index.aspx?path=softball The University of Louisville softball team will travel to Auburn, Ala., for the War Eagle Challenge March 8-10. The Cardinals will open the tournament Friday at 11:30 (ET) against Michigan State and will face Mercer at 2 p.m. On Saturday, Louisville will take on Mercer in a rematch at 10 a.m., followed by a contest against host No. 19/20 Auburn at 3 p.m. The Cards will wrap up the weekend against Radford son Sunday at 10 a.m.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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