Breaking down The Bird’s Nest: U of L’s New Student Marketing Agency Wednesday, Sep 21 2022 

By Tate Luckey

Last week, the University of Louisville announced the launch of The Bird’s Nest, a student-led marketing agency under the direction of Dr. Karen Freberg. She and four student directors- Sydney Baker, Hailee Andrews, Zaire Robinson, and Jacey Wells- are gearing up to offer a variety of services to the general public, including brand strategy, event consultation and logo design.

“Creating a student agency has been a dream of mine ever since I came to U of L back in 2011. Things started coming together when Joey Wagner, Al Futrell, and I met in 2019 to discuss the next steps. At the time, Neeli Bendapudi gave us the green light – and she helped us get connected to Kansas where she helped them start their own student agency,” Freberg said.

Since then, support from both College of Arts and Sciences Dean David Owen and Interim President Lori Gonzalez has helped pave the way for this unique opportunity for the University of Louisville community.

How It Works

Sophomore Jacey Wells, director of outreach, told The Louisville Cardinal staff Freberg will train, teach, and certify the current directors so they are prepared for the spring.

There is a suggested curriculum and courses for students to take if they want to pursue certain areas in the agency, like social media in the Department of Communication. That is now a Strategic Communications and Social Media Minor.

The Bird’s Nest differs from other student agencies at other schools that limit the opportunity to join to just a specific college or program. 

“We are unique in building a modern-day approach for the agency to foster the new wave of talent for the strategic communication industry,” Freberg said. “Our teams and roles are aligned with the industry, but the organizational structure is different where we have directors of shell teams. All aspects of the agency have been implemented and are led by students.” 

For example, Wells and her team are comprised of ambassadors, influencers, event coordinators, and advisors who facilitate communication and planning regarding outside sources’ needs for client work.

Helping Prepare Tomorrow’s Consultants

There will be an application process for both internal and external clients, providing students the ability to determine the timing, resources, and budget for the project. The goal of the services is to not only pay students for their work, but also raise funds for scholarships, renovation of the new space, conference trips, professional development, and certifications.

“I think it’ll benefit Louisville students a lot. When people are starting college and don’t have any idea what to pursue, this could be a good way to gain hands-on experience,” Wells said. “I hope that we can help college students more become well-rounded students. When they graduate and enter the career field they’ll just have so much more applicable skills and knowledge.”

Businesses and brands from Louisville and across the country comprise the student agency’s board of advisors, including Churchill Downs, Starbucks, Brown-Forman, adidas, and U of L Athletics. Currently, a director of research and director of people role is still available. 

If students are interested in applying for other positions, there are applications on birdsnestlou.com. You can follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Tiktok.

Photo Courtesy // The Birds Nest //

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Student-backed Bill Increases Legal Protections for Students Wednesday, Aug 24 2022 

By Tate Luckey

Julia Mattingly, a senior Political Science major, was at the center of a defamation case last summer, learning that properly defending her case would be an arduous process.

She said university attorneys reviewed her case. They determined her allegations did not rise to a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

A representative from the Dean of Students told her that she should file a formal complaint to receive a conduct hearing, but she would have to act as her own attorney by collecting affidavits from all of those involved and preparing an oral argument to be presented to a board.

“As an undergraduate who has absolutely no legal experience, I was shocked at the notion I was to represent myself at the hearing and was not allowed to seek help from legal counsel,” Mattingly said.

And while she initially felt defeat and frustration, she and junior Political Science major Liam Gallagher turned this incident into advocacy and action. They partnered with state representatives to create HB290, or the Kentucky Campus Due Process Protection Act.

Julia Mattingly talks in a press conference about House Bill 290.

What does it do?

House Bill 290, which is now Kentucky Revised Statute Chapter 164, is a due process bill for students at public colleges and universities in Kentucky. It provides protections for students, including

  • Procedural protection for students accused of violating their university’s  code of conduct if that violation could result in a suspension, expulsion or removal from housing. 
  • Requiring that students have the ability to defend themselves, that they are presumed innocent.
  • Students must be given written notice of charges against them and have access to the evidence and facts against them. 
  • Students must be judged by an impartial hearing panel where an investigator may not also serve the panel. 
  • Students are given the ability to cross-examine witnesses and be represented by an attorney. 

 

These new protections are for both the accused and victims of potential code of conduct violations. They also have the ability to cross-examine, have an impartial hearing panel, and can be represented by an attorney.

The act also allows both respondents and complainants to appeal the final decision of the governing board of the university in the Kentucky Circuit Court system. 

“This is really a first-of-its-kind action, allowing students to take action against their universities when their rights were violated is a huge win. The bill also has a reporting requirement that every three years public post-secondary institutions must report the number of disciplinary actions that have been taken,” Gallagher said.

The legislation is the most significant measure to help students in the Commonwealth since the 1990s, and it is the largest student rights protection bill in the United States.

The University of Louisville came out publicly against the bill when it was first filed by Representative Banta, with Mattingly and Gallagher telling The Louisville Cardinal that they learned the university was particularly not in favor of the reporting requirements and the ability to use legal counsel.

U of L argued the reporting requirements could possibly be used to identify students who were in disciplinary trouble and that having attorneys, and subsequent in-house counsel, could be too expensive.

Julia Mattingly and Liam Gallagher (left) with other members of the House Legislature at the signing of House Bill 290

Despite opposition, the bill received national attention from organizations like FIRE, the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression. It also received support from over 70 student organizations in Kentucky, ranging from The College Democrats  to the Young Americans for Freedom and from various LGBTQ+ organizations. It was ultimately signed into law by Governor Beshear over the summer.

Getting Involved

“I likely made 200 calls to the Legislative Research Commission hotline to leave messages for legislators. I had the honor to testify and share some of those stories in both the house and senate,” Gallagher said.

“The best way to get involved in the state or local legislative process is to participate in political student organizations here on campus,” Mattingly said . “If I had not been involved with the Young Democrats at U of L I would not have been given the opportunity to go speak on this bill in Frankfort.”

Gallagher noted that for anyone else who wants to try and create a change, even just leaving a message can be enough.

“Start with sending a letter or calling the Legislative Message Hotline (1-800-372-7181),” he said. “When someone calls the LRC Hotline they can ask to leave a message for any of the 138 legislators in Frankfort. That message is then placed on their desk for them to read. “

Gallagher was amazed their efforts could lead to such change. “When you work for a candidate and they do something to change a law or support a cause you support you can say ‘I played a small part in that’. Students that have been affected by the lack of due process in Kentucky’s universities- I believe us banding together have played a large role in the bill’s passage.”

You can read the specifics of the bill here.

Photo Courtesy // Julia Mattingly //

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Pros and Cons of Attending College for Free Wednesday, Jun 23 2021 

By Jacob Maslow–Branded Content

At one time or another, everyone thinks about going to college. While the choice of education is entirely up to you, there is one thing that will always be a deciding factor, which is the cost. Despite there being many ways to pay for college, it can strain on your finances. Paying out of pocket can leave a huge dent in your bank account while loans can affect your overall credit score if not paid on time. This leads to a question many people have asked: should college be free? Here are the pros and cons of getting a college education for free.

Pro: It Allows Everyone to Get an Education

In a perfect world, everyone is able to pay for the education they deserve. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. There are a lot of people who are unable to go to college because they can’t afford it. What’s worse is that they might not be approved for a loan either. Since a college education is necessary for most jobs these days, you would think everyone would be provided with tuition-free schooling. That way, people would be able to live well while boosting the economy.

Pro: Student Debt Would Be Completely Eliminated

One of the most common forms of debt is undoubtedly student loan debt. Regardless of the level of degree a student earns, they usually walk away with some amount of student debt. In fact, taking out a student loan from a private lender is how most people afford the high cost of college. Student debt can put a lot of strain on you both mentally and financially, so making college free would alleviate a lot of this unnecessary stress. Being able to attend for free would probably increase the attendance rate as well.

Con: Many People Wouldn’t Understand How to Properly Finance

Let’s be honest, going to college for free does sound like a dream come true. However, it may not be as great an idea as you think. College is a place where you go to learn and sharpen your basic life skills. One of these includes managing your finances properly. Although the debt can be a hindrance, it also teaches us how critical budgeting and saving is. Without this crucial skill, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see people spend their money and then struggle to make monthly house or car payments.

Con: The Value of College Would Decrease

It’s kind of shocking to know how many people underestimate the value of college. Going to a university for free might decrease the overall value of a college degree, including a Ph.D. It’s the idea of getting a good job that ultimately motivates us to keep working hard and mastering the skills of our chosen program. Honestly, what people truly want is to have the cost of college reduced, not entirely free. If people were allowed to college any time they wanted with no risk or reason, they might not see the benefit of earning their degree.

Photo Courtesy of Jacob Maslow // Cosmic Press

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Why Shiba Inus Are Great Dogs For Families Thursday, May 6 2021 

By Jacob Maslow–Branded Content

Ever since the “Doge MEME” hit the went internet viral in 2010, everyone wants a doge of their own. These adorable dogs have hit the world by storm. They are so cute, and when you see them, you want to give them a smush and call them the best boy or girl. :)

More About The Shiba Inus Breed

Shiba Inus were initially bred in Japan. They were bred to assist hunters in the mountains of Japan. That is why they are of a smaller size and very agile. The average life span of this breed is 12 to 15 years. A full-grown Shina Inus may weigh up to 24 lbs. 

The most common coloring of a Shiba Inus is red sesame. However, they can also have Black & Tan, Black Sesame, Cream, Red, or Sesame coloring. They are born with floppy ears that will start to stand straight up as they age. They have a short double coat so that they will shed twice a year heavily.

What Make the Shiba Inus The Best Boy or Girl

Shiba Inus are brilliant and can learn to understand you; when they are very young, they start to associate a particular word with feeding, walking, going to bed, and any other thing they will often do. They will begin to associate that word with that activity. It will become so bad you will have to spell out the word if you do not want to do the associated activity.

The Shiba Inus is a very loyal, faithful, confident, and fearless pup. They will charm you and every other person they meet.  This breed can be stubborn. This means you will need to be patient and start training the day you get your pup home. Be strict but never punish your pup physically. 

Shiba Inus are very intelligent and curious. This makes them a great family dog because they will always be excited about new family adventures and want to play all the time. They need plenty of enrichment toys to keep their brains busy. They will love toys that challenge them.

The Perfect Dog for Summer

Shiba Inus loves activity; they are very agile dogs. If you have a very active lifestyle, this is an excellent dog for you. This doge was made for hiking and camping and will love going everywhere you go. They will need regular exercise to release their energy, and taking them along on a family hike is a perfect way to tire them out. 

If you introduce this breed to water early, they will learn to love swimming, and you can take them to play with your family all year round. This breed is very playful and will be the perfect addition to all your family’s summer adventures this summer. Make sure to pack plenty of water for your doge and the rest of your family when you take these summer outings. 

It’s Time to Bring Home Your Very Own Doge

Now that you know how perfect the Shiba Inus breed is, add one to your family. Remember to start training from day one and make sure they have a crate to spend time in when no one can supervise them. Be patient while training them because they are known to be stubborn.

If you are patient and you and your family build a bond with your Shiba Inus pup, they will be the best dog you have ever known. They are intelligent, loyal, and curious dogs that make a perfect addition to any family. Start the search for your doge today, and you will be on a hike with them in no time.

Photo Courtesy of Jacob Maslow // Cosmic Press

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Theatre students walk out of rehearsal to protest treatment from department faculty Monday, Apr 26 2021 

By Eli Hughes–

The Theatre Arts Undergraduate Student Union held an open meeting with theatre faculty on April 22 to discuss issues within the department, which have led to the formation of the union and a walkout from rehearsal of their show Hashtag on April 16.

The walkout included undergraduate performers and crew including stage management, acting, lights, costumes and scene design.

“This is a demonstration of undergraduate student impact on the U of L theatre department. We acknowledge that this is an inconvenience for many involved in this technical process, and that’s the point we’re trying to make,” the members of the union said in a flyer that was left behind in the theatre building and distributed during the walkout.

“We encourage you to go back and try to work. Who is missing? Who is needed in this space that has disappeared.”

One of the issues these students spoke out about includes the culture of burnout they claim is fostered by the department.

“Undergrad students in this department have just felt totally not supported and exploited. Everyone gets burnt out. I know people who finish their degree and never want to do theatre again,” said Loren Moody, senior theatre major.

Aiden Stivers, a senior theater major, said the issues are especially prominent during tech week.

“I think it’s important to note that specifically tech week has been literally hell week for a lot of undergraduates,” Stivers said. “Especially undergraduates in the technical departments, because we are often put in leadership roles that we don’t get a lot of training for or we don’t feel secure in and we are left to kind of scramble around and figure out how to do it.”

Students also reported a lack of communication in the department and said that was something they hoped to change.

“We’ve taken steps to start that, but this walkout is really intended to remind them that we haven’t forgotten about the issues and problems that we’ve had in the past that many students have suffered through and also to remind them of the weight we hold in this department, so that they take us seriously and they know that fixing our issues is of utmost importance,” Colton Bachinkski, a sophomore theatre major said.

Other issues mentioned on the student union’s list of grievances include a lack of acting opportunities for undergraduates, a history of faculty misgendering transgender students, lack of response to sexual assault and sexual harassment claims, and a lack of preparing students for their professional careers.

Nefertiti Burton, chair of the Department of Theater Arts, said she supported the students decision to form a student union but was confused by the decision to walk out after a time had already been set to meet and talk about these concerns.

“The students had immediately accepted and confirmed the meeting,  so I was totally confused as to why they would take this action after scheduling the meeting,” Burton said. “This was especially troubling since this predominantly white group of students chose to walk out of the tech process on an African American Theatre Program production that was developed by students to address the anti-black and social justice movements dominating our nation’s attention at this moment.”

Miranda Cisneros, the technical production manager for the department, said she fully supports the students’ decision to form a union, but disagreed with the timing of the walkout for the same reasons. She also added the play centers around racial injustice and policing so she believed that the show deserved everyone’s full attention.

“The majority of the undergraduate student union is comprised of white students and I think that was a big oversight for them to walk out,” she said.

According to Burton, at the meeting on April 22, students apologized for walking out during an AATP production and clarified their intentions.

“They explained that it was meant to illustrate how important undergrads are to the department, and they apologized for taking that action on an AATP show,” she said.

“They stated that they had not considered what kind of message the walkout of a predominantly white group of students might send and the impact it could have on many in the department. The students also stated several times that many of their grievances were related to circumstances that are in the past and they have already seen progress. They expressed appreciation for the faculty and staff and our efforts to make change.”

Following the meeting, Hunter Dischley, a junior theater major, said she had mixed feelings about the response they received. “They seemed receptive to all of our goals and all that, but they also didn’t remember some of the stuff we had told them previously.”

Cisneros believes that the theatre department has been moving forward with the unions concerns in mind since the formation of the union and that they will continue to move forward. “As a recent alum of this department, I would say that the amount of change that I have seen in the department since I graduated is revolutionary,” Cisneros said.

Burton said she and the rest of the faculty and staff plan to reflect on what was discussed at the meeting and move forward to address the student’s concerns.

“I learned a great deal from the students,” she said. “And I recognize that there is a lot more that faculty can do to uplift the importance and value of undergraduate labor in our productions. The students identified issues in the curriculum and course scheduling that I will consider carefully and adjust where possible. They also spoke to issues of climate and culture in the department relative to transgender students that I will take immediate action to address.”

“I am grateful that the students are eager to collaborate with faculty and staff to make the Theatre Arts department a better place to learn and work, and I foresee positive change in 2021-2022.”

Graphic by Eli Hughes//The Louisville Cardinal

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Exhibit dedicated to Breonna Taylor opens at the speed Art Museum Monday, Apr 19 2021 

By Tate Luckey

A  new exhibit at the Speed Art Museum, called “Promise, Witness, Remembrance,” reflects on the life of Breonna Taylor and the resulting protests around Louisville and the world. Taylor was killed in her home by Louisville Metro police officers in March of last year.

The exhibit features work curated by Allison Glenn, a contemporary art curator, and seeks to explore the nation’s “reflection on the promise, witness, and remembrance of too many black lives lost to gun violence.”

The section “Promise” explores the ideologies of the US, while “Witness” addresses the moments and finally, “Remembrance,” which reflects on the legacies of those affected.

The exhibit is available now until June 6 and is free to U of L students. More information about the exhibit can be found here.


Photos by Anthony Riley // The Louisville Cardinal

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Men’s tennis sweep No. 38 Middle Tennessee in second matchup of the season Friday, Apr 2 2021 

By Riley Vance —

Men’s tennis upset No. 38 Middle Tennessee on Thursday with a 4-0 sweep at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. The Cards played the Blue Raiders earlier in the season at Middle Tennessee and faced a tough loss.

To start off doubles, Louisville secured wins on courts one and two.

Senior Tin Chen and junior Sergio Hernandez took down Tom Moonen and Chris Edge (MTSU) with an easy 6-1 win.

No. 60 junior Fabien Salle and sophomore Matthew Fung breezed by with a 6-2 win over No. 77 Pavel Motl and Stijn Slump to clinch the doubles point for the Cards.

The match on court three was left unfinished. Junior Alex Wesbrooks and freshman Kyle Tang were tied at 4-4 with Francisco Rocha and Max Rauch (MTSU).

Louisville kicked off singles with junior Josh Howard-Tripp defeating Middle Tennessee’s Edge 6-4, 6-4.

Advancing the score to 3-0, No. 56 Hernandez took over court two with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Moonen (MTSU).

Salle was able to overcome Slump (MTSU) in a third set (6-1, 3-6, 6-3) to clinch the match for Louisville.

Matches on courts one, five and six were left unfinished.

Chen won his first set 6-4 against No. 37 Rocha (MTSU) and was down 3-5 in the second set.

Fung won his first set 7-6 and was tied at 3-3 against Motl (MTSU) in the second set.

Junior David Mizrahi won his first set 7-5 and was tied at 5-5 against Rauch (MTSU) in the second set.

The Cards face Notre Dame for the second time this season on Saturday, April 3 at 1 p.m. at the Courtney Tennis Center in South Bend, Indiana.

 

Final Scores:

Singles

  1. Tin Chen (LOU) vs. #37 Francisco Rocha (MTSU) 6-4, 3-5, unfinished
  2. #56 Sergio Hernandez (LOU) def. Tom Moonen (MTSU) 6-4, 6-4
  3. Fabien Salle (LOU) def. Stijn Slump (MTSU) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
  4. Josh Howard-Tripp (LOU) def. Chris Edge (MTSU) 6-4, 6-4
  5. Matthew Fung (LOU) vs. Pavel Motl (MTSU) 7-6 (4-0), 3-3, unfinished
  6. David Mizrahi (LOU) vs. Max Rauch (MTSU) 7-5, 5-5, unfinished

Order of Finish: 4, 2, 3

Doubles

  1. #60 Fabien Salle/Matthew Fung (LOU) def. #77 Pavel Motl/Stijn Slump (MTSU) 6-2
  2. Tin Chen/Sergio Hernandez (LOU) def. Tom Moonen/Chris Edge (MTSU) 6-1
  3. Alex Wesbrooks/Kyle Tang (LOU) vs. Francisco Rocha/Max Rauch (MTSU) 4-4, unfinished

Order of Finish: 2, 1

 

Photo Courtesy of Taris Smith // GoCards

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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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Louisville baseball heads to North Carolina for this weekend’s series of matches Thursday, Mar 18 2021 

By Hannah Walker —

The No. 7 Louisville baseball team will be heading down to North Carolina for a weekend of matches. They will be playing their 17th game this season against NC State starting March 19 at 6:30 p.m. The two teams will also be playing at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday.

After taking a loss against Eastern Kentucky University on March 16, the Cardinals are hoping to win this away-game series. The last time these two teams played in a weekend series against one another, Louisville made a clean sweep and won all three games against the Tar Heels.

Sophomore infielder Alex Binelas was the star player this weekend last season, as well as sophomore catcher Henry Davis. However, after Tuesday’s performance, the fans are left wondering whether U of L will take home a win from NC State this year.

After the weekend series, Louisville will return home to play at Jim Patterson Stadium on March 23 against Western Kentucky at 6:00 p.m.

Photo Courtesy of Stephen Williams // U of L Athletics 

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Louisville baseball takes a loss against EKU after a weekend of wins Wednesday, Mar 17 2021 

By Hannah Walker —

Louisville’s No. 7 baseball team lost on Mar. 16 to Eastern Kentucky University at Earle Comb’s Stadium with a final score of 3-6. The Cardinals kept a steady tie with EKU for most of the game, but that tie was broken during the bottom of the seventh inning when Eastern scored three points.

Kicking the game off, freshman Seamus Barrett, starting pitcher for U of L, was successfully able to face 11 batters and have 1 ground out during the first couple innings; making a decent start for Louisville.

During the top of the first inning, Louisville made their first point when sophomore catcher Henry Davis singled through left field and junior outfielder Luke Brown scored. However, EKU followed this performance when they scored 2 points during the bottom of the first half.

It wasn’t long till Louisville started to catch back up to EKU on the scoreboard though. During the top of the second inning, junior infielder/outfielder Cameron Masterman made a homerun to left center; giving Louisville a one point lead.

Louisville continued to play at their best when sophomore infielder Alex Binelas filed out to center field and freshman infielder Christian Knapczyk scored during the top of the third inning. Still, EKU stayed on their toes when they made another point during the bottom of the fourth inning. This tied things up for a score of 3-3 going into the fifth inning.

No points were scored during the fifth or sixth inning, but EKU was successfully able to score three points during the bottom of the seventh inning. The game stayed steady during the eighth and ninth inning and resulted in a loss for Louisville with a score of 3-6.

Louisville will play their next game on Mar. 19 at 6:30 p.m. against the North Carolina Tar Heels on Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium.

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