Feb. 11, 2010
Complete Game Notes in PDF Format
The No. 21/22 University of Louisville softball team will open the 2010 season at the Marriott Houston Hobby Classic Feb. 12-14. The Cards open the tournament Friday against Kansas at 11 a.m. and face No. 15/17 Baylor at 3 p.m. Saturday's slate features a second game against Baylor at 1 p.m. with a matchup against host - and former Conference USA foe - Houston at 5 p.m. Louisville will close the tournament against No. 14/16 Ohio State Sunday morning.
Louisville is coming off of a record-setting 48-11 season and its sixth consecutive NCAA tournament bid. Seven starters and 11 letterwinners return from that team including All-Americans Melissa Roth and Kristen Wadwell. Roth led the Cards with a .444 batting average, 16 home runs, 64 runs and 53 RBI. Wadwell posted a 41-10 record, finishing second in the nation in wins, and a 1.69 ERA in 311.0 innings of work.
Junior Chelsea Bemis (.378, 8 HR, 46 RBI) joins Roth and Wadwell as returning All-BIG EAST First Team selections while senior Vanessa James (.309, 44R), junior Colby Wherry (.366, 35 RBI) and sophomore Kristin Austin (.343, 40R, 17 SB) were second team honorees.
Marriott Houston Hobby Classic Schedule
(All times Central)
Feb. 12 - vs. Kansas 11 a.m.
vs. #15/17 Baylor 3 p.m.
Feb. 13 vs. #15/17 Baylor 1 p.m.
vs. Houston (RV) 5 p.m.
Feb. 14 vs. #16/14 Ohio State 9 a.m.
Cards Against the Field
Kansas Jayhawks - Feb. 12, 11 a.m.
Series Record: KU leads 2-1
Last Meeting: Feb. 23, 2007 - U of L won 7-1 at Ulmer Stadium
Baylor Bears - Feb. 12, 3 p.m./Feb. 13, 1 p.m.
Houston Cougars - Feb. 13, 5 p.m.
Series Record: Louisville leads 13-4
Last Meeting: May 1, 2005 - Louisville won 7-5 at Ulmer Stadium
Notes: Louisville and Houston were Conference USA opponents from 2001 (Houston's first year of softball) until 2005 (Louisville's last season as a C-USA member).
Ohio State Buckeyes - Feb. 14, 9 a.m.
Series Record: Ohio State leads 1-0
Last meeting: March 14, 2009 - OSU won 3-2 at Ulmer Stadium