U of L baseball walks away with a loss against Florida State Sunday, Apr 11 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

The No. 5 Louisville Cardinal’s baseball team played against the Florida State Seminoles on April 10 at Jim Patterson Stadium. U of L lost with a final score of 5-8.

U of L sophomore Luke Seed was the starting pitcher. He was able to pitch for four innings and make four strikeouts during his time on the mound. However, seven hits were also made by Florida State from his pitches. This put U of L behind both offensively and defensively throughout the game.

Florida State started the game off with many great hits. They scored at the top of the second inning as well as the top of the fourth. U of L continued to lag behind until the bottom of the fifth inning.

During the bottom of the fifth inning, U of L made 4 RBIs. Sophomore infielder Alex Binelas made a homerun to right field and three players were able to score: junior infielder/outfielder Cameron Masterman, sophomore catcher Henry Davis and sophomore infielder Cooper Bowman.

Still, Florida State continued to lead when they scored once during the top of the sixth inning and five times during the top of the eighth inning. U of L continued to not score until the bottom of the ninth inning.

U of L attempted to catch up to Florida State. Binelas made another homerun to left center during the bottom of the ninth inning, but it wasn’t enough to win the game.

“I didn’t think we played very well tonight,” said head coach Dan McDonnell during a postgame interview. “It’s amazing. We’re six outs away from a victory, but defensively we don’t play well.”

U of L will play against Florida State again today at 4:00 p.m. in hopes of having more motivation to win.

Photo Courtesy of Justin Krueger// U of L Athletics

U of L baseball wins against Florida State during extra inning Saturday, Apr 10 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

The No. 5 Louisville Cardinal’s baseball team faced the Florida State Seminoles on April 9 at Jim Patterson Stadium and won with a final score of 4-3. The game had a slow start as both teams struggled offensively. Nonetheless, Louisville was able to pick things up towards the final inning of the game.

The starting pitcher for U of L was junior Michael Kirian. The star player successfully pitched for the first seven innings, made 10 strike outs and had a pitching total of 91. Following Kirian’s pitching, senior Adam Elliott took over during the last three innings of the game and had 5 strikeouts during his short time on the mound. This is what ultimately led to the win.

No scores were made for either team during the first five innings of the game. For this reason, U of L struggled until the bottom of the sixth inning. Finally, one RBI was made when junior outfielder Luke Brown singled to the pitcher. It wasn’t long after when sophomore infielder Cooper Bowman advanced to second, and freshman infielder Christian Knapczyk scored as well.

U of L continued to stay ahead of Florida State when they scored a second time during the bottom of the sixth inning. Sophomore infielder Alex Binelas singled to center field and advanced on a throw. This allowed junior outfielder Luke Brown to advance to third and give Bowman the chance to score. Louisville went into the seventh inning with a three-point lead.

During the top of the seventh inning, Florida State started to score as well. They were able to make 3 RBIs, and this tied the score 3-3.

No scores were made for either team during the eighth and ninth inning; causing the game to go into an extra inning. Luckily, for Louisville, sophomore outfielder Levi Usher singled to center field on an RBI. Sophomore catcher Henry Davis then advanced to third and gave Knapczyk the ability to score. This broke the tie and gave Louisville the win.

“If you notice there’s a couple innings where we had a few fly outs,” said head coach Dan McDonell during a post-game interview. “I think we got a little big during the eighth and ninth and the message going into the 10th was ‘guys we’ve got to stay on the ball and move the ball.’” Because of these encouraging messages made by the coaching staff, Louisville is able to go into tomorrow’s game with a more focused and confident outlook.

U of L will play against Florida State again on April 10 at Jim Patterson Stadium at 1:00 p.m. (with the possibility of a delay.)

Photo Courtesy of Justin Krueger// U of L Athletics 

Men’s tennis secures 4-1 win against Florida State Monday, Mar 29 2021 

By Riley Vance —

Men’s tennis (7-7, 2-5) defeated Florida State (6-12, 1-7) 4-1 on March 28 at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center in Tallahassee, Florida.

Florida State had a strong start to the match as they secured wins on courts two and three to clinch the doubles point.

FSU’s Andreja Petrovic and Chase Wood took down juniors Alex Wesbrooks and Josh Howard-Tripp 6-4.

To tie the score, No. 70 sophomore Matthew Fung and junior Fabien Salle defeated No. 72 Alex Knaff and Sebastian Arcila (FSU).

On court two, junior Sergio Hernandez and senior Tin Chen fell 7-5 to Loris Pourroy and Marcus Walters (FSU).

The Cards bounced back and won four straight matches in singles.

Chen took over court one with a 6-3, 6-4 win over FSU’s Knaff.

Fung tallied another point for the cards with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Walters (FSU).

Junior David Mizrahi defeated Petrovic (FSU) in a third set (6-2, 0-6, 7-5) to bring the overall score to 3-0.

The match was clinched on court two as Salle won a hard-fought match against FSU’s Pourroy (4-6, 6-4, 6-4).

Matches on courts three and four were left unfinished.

No. 63 Hernandez won his first set 7-5 and was down 5-6 in the second set, and Howard-Tripp split sets and was tied in the third set.

The Cards host Middle Tennessee Thursday, April 1 at 2 p.m. at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.

 

Final Scores:

Singles

  1. Tin Chen (LOU) def. Alex Knaff (FSU) 6-3, 6-4
  2. Fabien Salle (LOU) def. Loris Pourroy (FSU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
  3. #63 Sergio Hernandez (LOU) vs. Richard Thongoana (FSU) unfinished, 7-5, 5-6
  4. Josh Howard-Tripp (LOU) vs. Sebastian Arcila (FSU) unfinished, 4-6, 6-4, 1-1
  5. Matthew Fung (LOU) def. Marcus Walters (FSU) 6-4, 6-3
  6. David Mizrahi (LOU) def. Andreja Petrovic (FSU) 6-2, 0-6, 7-5

Order of Finish: 1, 5, 6, 2

Doubles

  1. #70 Matthew Fung/Fabien Salle (LOU) def. #72 Alex Knaff/Sebastian Arcila (FSU) 6-4
  2. #62 Loris Pourroy/Marcus Walters (FSU) def. Sergio Hernandez/Tin Chen (LOU) 7-5
  3. Andreja Petrovic/Chase Wood (FSU) def. Josh Howard-Tripp/Alex Wesbrooks (LOU)

Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2

 

Photo Courtesy of GoCards

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2020 Homecoming King and Queen talk about being crowned Monday, Nov 9 2020 

By Aaliyah Bryant —

Last week at the University of Louisville was Homecoming week, which kicked off on Oct. 19 with events lasting all week long. Throughout the week, U of L students voted for their Homecoming King and Queen online and on Oct. 26, during the homecoming game against Florida State, Chidum Okeke and Kayla Payne were chosen as Homecoming royalty.

Okeke is a Senior public health major with a minor in biology on a pre-med track. He was nominated by the Society of Porter Scholars and said that winning was truly humbling.

“To me, the award is presented to those who embody the traditions, positive attributes and Cardinal values held by our university,” he said. “To be presented with an award of that magnitude, while being cognizant of how small our homecoming alumni pool is, was a truly remarkable experience.”

U of L’s newest queen, Kayla Payne, is a Senior political science major with minors in social change and public health. She was nominated by the Student Government Association, for which she’s been involved since her freshman year.

Payne has served as an Arts and Science Senator, the Student Body Executive Vice President, and currently, the Director of Government Relations. She also volunteers with Nativity Academy’s after school programs and serves on their Associate Board of Directors.

“I love finding new ways to serve the Louisville community and empowering people to participate in things such as elections or filling out their census,” she said. “I’m grateful that my peers have honored me with Homecoming Queen and I hope it’s to recognize my commitment to making U of L the safest, inclusive, equitable place it can be for students that look like me.”

Photo // Society of Porter Scholars 

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Javian Hawkins’ progression fuels Cardinals football Friday, Oct 30 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville football team has received a good amount of production from the running back position. At the beginning of the season, junior running back Hassan Hall appeared to be the starting back for the Cardinals. But after U of L’s 48-16 win over Florida State at home, sophomore Javian Hawkins is Louisville’s running back.

Glimpses of Hawkins’ skill set for the 2020-2021 season appear against the University of Miami. Hawkins carried the ball for 164 yards in the Cardinals’ loss to the Hurricanes, but he showed he could be a factor in the outcomes of big games.

Then came Louisville’s bout with Florida State on Oct. 24. Florida State was coming off a monster win against No. 5 North Carolina and was looking to make further strides in the ACC conference standings. Louisville had different plans, the Cardinals’ offense exploded for 48 points in the runaway victory against the Seminoles.

Hawkins shined in the must-win game against Florida State, just like he showed out against Miami will all eyes on the Cardinals. Hawkins carried the ball for 174 yards on only 16 carries, including a breakaway run for 70 yards. He also had three touchdowns in the Cardinals’ win. That is the second 70+ yard rush for Hawkins this season.

U of L will look to build off of their victory against the Seminoles. They host Virginia Tech Oct. 31 at Cardinal Stadium. Hawkins plans to keep his hot streak going, opening avenues for the U of L offense.

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U of L Football looks to redeem itself against Florida State Friday, Oct 23 2020 

By John McCarthy–

University of Louisville football is eager to bounce back from its 1-4 season start. Their comeback tour begins Saturday, Oct. 24 at Florida State.

The Seminoles are coming off a huge win over former No. 5 North Carolina. The Cardinals head to Tallahassee, Fla. after losing a hard-fought bout at No. 4 Norte Dame.

U of L has an extensive history with the Seminoles. Back on Sept. 17, 2016, the Cardinals were No. 10 in the nation at the time going up against the powerhouse No. 2 Seminoles. U of L smoked the highly touted Seminoles 63-20 behind Heismann Lamar Jackson.

Florida State leads the overall matchup between the two schools 16-4.  The Cardinals will look to change the narrative of their season while tuning down the Seminoles, who are coming off their biggest win the past two seasons.

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Cardinals lose heartbreaker to No. 4 Norte Dame 12-7 Tuesday, Oct 20 2020 

By John McCarthy–

Louisville football fell to No. 4 Norte Dame on Oct. 17 in South Bend, Ind. This marks the fourth straight loss for the Cardinals, placing them 15th in the ACC conference rankings.

Momentum was teetering throughout the first half. The Fighting Irish were not able to score because of Louisville’s exceptional defense early on. On the other side of the ball, Norte Dame’s defense was holding the Cardinals’ offense in check as well.

The Fighting Irish was able to score two field goals to go up 6-0 by halftime. The Cardinals had a chance to tie the game with four seconds left in the second quarter, but sophomore kicker James Turner missed the 54-yard field goal attempt.

Toward the end of the third quarter, the Cardinals attempted an onside kick to gain possession back and potentially go up on the Irish. The onside kick was successful until an illegal blocking call was made against the Cardinals. The controversial illegal blocking call changed killed momentum for the Cardinals at the end of the third quarter.

The University of Louisville fell to the Irish 12-7, making the Cardinals 0-4 in ACC conference play.

Junior Malik Cunningham completed 16 of his 19 passes for 134 yards and one touchdown. Junior Javian Hawkings carried the ball for 51 yards and had five receptions for 46 yards.

U of L will look to bounce back from their current losing streak when they host the Florida State Seminoles Oct. 24 at Cardinal Stadium.

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College GameDay heads to Cardinal Stadium for U of L vs. Miami Monday, Sep 14 2020 

By John McCarthy–

Cardinal Stadium will be opening its doors to College GameDay and ESPN for the University of Louisville’s home game against the Miami Hurricanes Sept. 19. This is the third time College GameDay has been held at U of L.

The first time the Cardinals hosted College GameDay, they were facing the No. 2 Florida State Seminoles back in 2016. At the hands of the future Heisman trophy winner Lamar Jackson, U of L rocked the Seminoles 63-20 in that victory, making for one of the most entertaining College GameDay shows in recent years.

“It’s a good feeling that it’ll be a big game, a primetime game. I think for us we have to avoid that distraction and just play us and do us,” sophomore wide receiver Braden Smith said. “We know it’s a big game we have coming and we feel that we have the weapons both offensively and defensively to win that game. So we’ll get back in the lab tomorrow and work on that game.”

The College GameDay crew will be arriving at Cardinal Stadium at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Because of COVID-19 restriction guidelines, fans will not be able to attend the College GameDay show. Tailgating has also been prohibited.

ESPN members Rece Davis, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Maria Taylor and David Pollak will be announcing the College GameDay festivities on Saturday. Herbstreit and Taylor will help call the game when kickoff arrives at 7:30 p.m.

The No. 18 Cardinals (1-0) will seek a victory against the No. 17 Hurricanes (1-0) to move on the season. With a victory on Saturday, Louisville will get a piece of first place in the ACC conference rankings.

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No. 18 Seminoles downed No. 7 Cardinals 78-65 Sunday, Jan 5 2020 

By John McCarthy —

The Florida State Seminoles defeated Louisville Cardinals men’s basketball 78-65 Jan. 4 at the KFC Yum! Center. 

Louisville was favored to win the game, but the Seminoles were able to grind out the win.

With this takedown, the Seminoles handed the Cardinals their first home loss and first loss in ACC conference play. 

The Cards have now lost two games in a row. 

The first half was all Florida State, who held their own against the Cardinals. The Seminoles outscored Louisville by seven points in the first half. 

Junior Jordan Nwora, however, did not go unnoticed, scoring 21 points in the first half on six of nine shooting. The rest of the Cardinal roster struggled in the first half, combining for only 10 points. 

Junior M.J. Walker was the catalyst for Florida State in the first half, draining 15 points off the bench while shooting 75 percent. Without a Louisville basket in the final five minutes of the first half, the Seminoles took the lead going into half time. 

The second half featured a resilient Louisville team who found their rhythm around the 15 minute mark. 

Senior Ryan MacMahon dished a swift behind the back bounce pass from the left wing to junior Darius Perry for the corner three. That was the spark the Cardinals needed to fight their way back to a win. 

Later, during the second half and in the midst of a Louisville run, Nwora had a timely putback that brought the Cardinals to within three. 

Ultimately, the length and athleticism of the young Seminoles held off the Cardinals. 

There are a few things to take away from this Cardinals home loss. The Seminoles shot the lights out, ending with a 55 percent shooting as a collective. The Seminoles also came away shooting 48 percent from the three point line and finished with eleven triples. Nwora ended with 32 points and 10 rebounds for a double double. Senior Steven Enoch had 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks. 

Louisville will host Miami on Jan. 7 at the KFC Yum! Center.

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