Softball still getting warmed up in early season tournaments Monday, Mar 2 2020 

By Matthew Keck —

It was another tough weekend for the University of Louisville softball team (7-12) in Oklahoma Feb. 28- March 1.

Day 1

Their first game of the weekend was against the University of Illinois at Chicago (6-9) Feb. 28, ending in a five inning, 10-2 route.

The Cards kept things tied 1-1 through the top of the third inning, but the wheels fell off then. UIC scored three runs on the Cards in the top of the third and piled on seven more in the fourth and fifth inning.

Redshirt sophomore Taylor Roby was the starting pitcher for the Cards against UIC. She pitched three complete innings, giving up six hits, three runs and tallying two strikeouts.

Freshman Taja Felder and junior Paige Schindler came in after Roby and gave up a combined seven runs on six hits. Schindler struck out one UIC batter during her two innings in the circle.

On the offensive side, sophomore Cassady Greenwood was the only player to hit an RBI. She finished with two hits, along with three other Cardinals.

The Cards dropped their second game of the evening to No. 15 Oklahoma State University (13-5), 3-0.

Junior Chardonnay Harris got her eighth start of the season, but ended up with her sixth loss. She pitched all six innings against the Cowboys, giving up only five hits and three runs, along with striking out three batters.

All three of the Cowboys runs came in the third inning.

Seniors Celene Funke and Caitlin Ferguson were the only two Cards to connect at the plate and get on base with hits. Four runners were left on base against the Cowboys.

Day 2

With a new day ahead of them, the Cards turned things around on day two against No. 10 University of Oregon (17-2). The Cards bested the Ducks 4-3 with the help of a couple runs in the seventh inning.

Going into the top of the third inning tied at 0, Funke kicked off the scoring for the Cards with a two-run home run to right field, putting them up 2-0. Having herself a big day at the plate, Funke came back in seventh inning with another RBI triple to tie the game 3-3.

Junior Maddy Newman keep the offense going and got herself an RBI, knocking in Funke, which would also be the winning run.

Seven players finished with hits off the Ducks, but as a team, the Cards had 13 strikeouts in total.

Roby made her second start of the weekend, pitching four and two thirds innings. She struck out two batters, but gave up five hits and the only three runs for the Ducks.

Harris was back in the circle for the remainder of the game, picking up her third win on the season. In two and one thirds innings she tallied three strikeouts and only gave up two hits.

The Cards couldn’t keep their momentum from the first game, taking another loss to OSU, 1-2, in eight innings.

The Cowboys jumped out on top 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning with an RBI double off Roby. But the Cards answered back in the top of the sixth, tying things at 1-1.

Felder came in as a pinch hitter and doubled to right center, scoring U of L’s only run of the night. While the rest of the team had five hits, they left six runners stranded on base.

Roby pitched the entire game for the Cards and getting her sixth loss of the season. She struck out five batters on the night and only gave up three hits and two runs.

The Cowboys hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth to get the victory over the Cards.

Day 3

For their last game of the weekend, the Cards made a short trip to Tulsa, Okla., to take on the University of Tulsa (11-8) March 1. They ended their weekend with a 3-2 win over the Cane’s in eight innings.

Redshirt junior Carmyn Greenwood put the Cards up 1-0 in the top of the first with a solo home run to left field. Holding onto the lead until the fourth inning, Funke drove in another run with an RBI single to put U of L up 2-0.

It would stayed tied 2-2 at the end of the seventh, forcing the game to go into extra innings. But Roby came up big for the Cards with a solo home run in the eighth that would be the winning run.

In addition to hitting the winning home run, Roby picked up her fourth win of the season making her record 4-6. She was in the circle for three innings, only giving up three hits and one run.

Harris was the starter for the Cards, staying in the game through five innings. She struck out two batters and only gave up three hits and one run as well.

As a team, U of L finished the day with nine hits and only three strikeouts. They did leave eight runners on base, showing one of their weaknesses again.

Although coming away with a losing record on the weekend, 2-3, the Cards showed that when they can get their bats hot they’re a team to be reckoned with.

Their next matchup is their home opener against University of Illinois March 6 at 12:15 p.m., at Ulmer Stadium.

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Softball picks up three wins in Alabama over the weekend Monday, Mar 2 2020 

By Matthew Keck —

The University of Louisville softball team redeemed themselves and gained some momentum, grabbing three wins in Tuscaloosa, Ala., between Feb. 21-23.

Day 1

It was a huge day for the Cards on Feb. 21, winning both games by mercy rule in five innings against Penn State University and Wichita State University.

The Cards first battle of the day was with Penn State, winning 9-0. They started out the game slow in the first three innings, but had a huge fourth and fifth inning.

Redshirt sophomore Taylor Roby kicked off the Cards scoring spree in the top of the fourth inning with solo home run to put them up 1-0. In the same inning, sophomore Charley Butler knocked in a runner with a single to center field.

The fifth inning is when the Cards sealed the deal. Roby, getting her second RBI, was walked with loaded bases, putting the Cards up 3-0.

In that same inning, sophomore Cassady Greenwood, senior Caitlin Ferguson, redshirt junior Carmyn Greenwood, freshman Elana Ornelas and senior Celene Funk all posted RBIs, to help get the Cards 9-0 victory.

Junior Chardonnay Harris picked up her first win on the mound for the Cards this season, pitching a shoutout for all five innings and giving up zero hits. She also tallied four strikeouts against Penn State.

In their second game of the day, the Cards faced off with Wichita State, beating them 8-0 in five innings as well.

This time the Cards got their bats going in the first inning, with Roby leading the charge yet again. She scored their first runs with an RBI single bringing home two runners.

Carmyn Greenwood joined in on the hitting spree, with a sacrifice bunt to bring home Cassady Greenwood, making it 3-0 for the Cards still in the first.

But the scoring didn’t stop there, with Rebecca Chung grounding out to second, but still posting an RBI for the Cards fifth run in the first.

Cassady Greenwood kept her bat hot in the second inning with an RBI single down the left field line to put the Cards up 6-0. The final two runs in the Cards win came in the fourth when junior Jordyn Wolfe singled to center field, scoring two more runs to claim the win.

Roby was back on the mound for the Cards in this bout, picking up her third win of the season to put her at .500. She pitched a shoutout through all five innings while only giving up two hits and a walk.

Day 2

Day two for the Cardinals saw them split wins with Wichita State and the University of Alabama.

With their first game of the day, and second matchup against Wichita State, the Cards came away victorious 8-4.

Cassady Greenwood came up big swinging again, putting the Cards ahead 1-0 in the first with an RBI double to left field.

Junior Maddy Newman wanted in on the scoring and did so with an RBI single to center field in the top of the third. Cassady Greenwood knocked in her second run of the day in the same inning to make it 3-1 Cardinals.

Funke helped tie the game at 4-4 in the sixth with a single to shortstop to score a runner. Newman was then hit by a pitch which scored Ornelas.

In the same inning, Roby got walked with the bases loaded to put the Cards up 6-4. And to cap the sixth off, two more runners scored on a fielding error by the Wichita State second baseman, making it 8-4.

Harris picked up her second win of the season, pitching five innings. She gave up eight hits and five runs, while also tallying seven strikeouts.

The second game of the day ended much differently, with the Cards taking a 9-0 beating from the Crimson Tide in five innings.

They struggled all game to get offense going, finishing with only three hits between two players and two runners left on base.

Roby took the mound for the first two innings, giving up 5 runs on three hits. She was pulled after the second inning, with freshman Payton Hudson and junior Paige Schindler finishing out the game for the Cards.

Day 3

The final day of play ended similarly to the Cards second game on day 2 – Another five inning mercy rule loss against the Crimson Tide 10-0.

It was a swing and miss for the Cards all game. They finished with seven strikeouts and eight runners left on base. Although five players posted a hit this game.

Harris got her third start of the weekend, but ended up with another loss on her resume. Through two innings, she gave up six hits, five hits and no strikeouts.

Roby and freshman Taja Fielder shared time on the mound but couldn’t control the Crimson Tide scoring. Roby gave up two runs one thirds innings pitched, while Fielder let up three in two.

All in all, it was a strong weekend for the Cardinals picking up three wins and building confidence for their next tournament.

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Softball struggles in ACC/Big Ten Challenge over the weekend Monday, Mar 2 2020 

By Matthew Keck —

It was another long weekend for the University of Louisville softball team at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Feb. 14-16. The Cards only came away with one win from their four games in Chapel Hill, N.C.

They kicked the weekend off against the University of Michigan Feb. 14, losing 6-2 to the Wolverines.

The Cards had trouble getting their bats going until the fifth inning, when redshirt sophomore Taylor Roby dropped a two-run bomb the put them on the board. But this would end up being the Cards only runs.

All together the Cardinals finished with 15 strikeouts, 8 runners left on base and only 6 hits total.

Junior Chardonnay Harris suffered her fourth loss of the season on the mound for the Cards. Through two and one thirds innings, she let up 5 hits and four earned runs without striking out a single batter.

In their second game of the day, the Cardinals faced off with the University of Wisconsin Badgers. They played a much closer game with the Badgers but ultimately came away with another loss.

Roby pitched the entire game for U of L, only giving up two runs and striking out six badgers.

Unfortunately Roby’s efforts on the mound couldn’t make up for the Cards lack of offense. They posted a dismal three hits the entire game and left five runners stranded on base.

In a quick turn around the next day, the Cards played the Badgers again Feb. 15, this time pulling out a 3-2 win.

They took the first lead of the game when tripled in the fourth inning, bringing home two runs to put the Cards ahead. Sophomore Cassady Greenwood sealed the deal for the Cards in the fourth with an RBI single to shortstop, knocking in their third run.

Roby was back on the mound again for the Cards, but this time victorious and getting her second win of the season. She finished with 5 strikeouts, along with only giving up six hits and one earned run to Badgers. ‘

To end the weekend the Cards had to take on Michigan again Feb. 16. With more offense to show for this game, it still wasn’t enough for the Cards to pull out a win, losing 8-4.

Roby hit her second home run of the weekend to put the Cards on top 3-1 in the third inning. And they were tied 4-4 heading in to the top of the sixth, but Michigan had a big inning, scoring four runs to grab the win.

It was yet another issue of leaving runners on base, with the Cards leaving nine runners stranded the entire game.

Harris and Roby shared time on the mound but struggled, giving up three earned runs each. Roby took her third loss on the mound this season for the Cards after this game.

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U of L softball struggles in season opening tournament Monday, Mar 2 2020 

By Matthew Keck —

The University of Louisville softball team had a tough weekend in Clearwater, Fla. at the NFCA Leadoff Classic.

The Cards went 1-4 to kick off their season, beating Ole Miss 4-2 Feb. 7. On the same day, they lost to Baylor 4-7, and suffered three more losses between Feb. 8 and 9 to Texas State University, Mississippi State University and University of Missouri.

Redshirt sophomore Taylor Roby served it up on the mound for the Cards in their win against Ole Miss. She pitched 6 innings, finishing with three strikeouts and only allowing one earned run.

Getting things done on the offensive side for the Cards were senior Caitlin Ferguson, redshirt junior Carmyn Greenwood and Roby. Each player contributed RBIs to help the Cards beat the Rebels.

While the Card’s bats stayed hot in their second game of the day against Baylor, it wasn’t enough. This was their first loss on the season getting beat out 4-7.

Baylor had two big innings against junior Chardonnay Harris and Roby, scoring three runs on each pitcher in the third and sixth innings.

It wasn’t all bad news for the Cards against Baylor. Senior Celene Funke, junior Maddy Newman, redshirt freshman Eden Mayo and Ferguson all finished the game with RBIs. Newman made an effort for the Cards on the base path, tallying their only stolen base in this game.

Starting off their day of games on Saturday against Texas State, U of L fell short 7-3.

Harris got the start for the Cards again giving up seven hits and three earned runs to the Bobcats. She also managed 4 strikeouts in the two and one-thirds innings she pitched.

Ferguson had a big game against the Bobcats, going 2-4 at the plate with two RBIs, one of which was a home run. Funke was the only other Cardinal to contribute an RBI.

These few runs weren’t enough for the Cards, with the Bobcats having a huge third inning and scoring four runs.

It was a closer game for the Cards later that day when they took on the Mississippi State Bulldogs, but they still couldn’t hold on, losing 3-2 in extra innings.

The Cards went up 1-0 on the Bulldogs when they scored in the third on an error. But the Bulldogs answered in the fourth inning scoring on a double.

It was a struggle to get the bats going for the Cards with only Ferguson having an RBI to finish the game. They had seven players who finished with one or more strikeouts.

Yet another slow day for the Cards on Sunday to end the tournament with a loss to Missouri 5-1.

Harris took the mound for the Cards and suffered her third loss of the weekend. She gave up 2 earned runs in the two and two-thirds innings on the mound.

Roby was the only Card whose bat had some life, putting up the only RBI for the team.

The defense had some trouble with Newman and Mayo, both posting errors on that side of the ball.

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