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Softball Plays Host to Connecticut this Weekend

 



April 11, 2014

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The University of Louisville softball team will play host to Connecticut in a three-game American Athletic Conference series this weekend at Ulmer Stadium. The Cards will face the Huskies in a doubleheader starting at 12 p.m. Saturday and will wrap up the weekend Sunday at 12 p.m. Admission is free.

Sunday, April 13 is UofL Softball's Pink Game. Fans are encouraged to wear pink. The Cards will wear special pink jersey to be auctioned during the game. All proceeds will be donated to Live Strong in conjunction with the YMCA.

Louisville Softball Quick Hits
• The Cardinals enter this weekend's series with a 24-15 overall record and receiving votes in both the USA Softball and NFCA coaches polls. Louisville stands in third place in American Athletic Conference play with a 5-4 league record. UofL is coming off of a 4-3, eight-inning win over Evansville on Tuesday.
• The Cards are led offensively by senior second baseman Katie Keller who is batting .395 with 34 runs and 22 RBI. Junior Kelsi Jones has belted out a team-best seven home runs and has 25 RBIs on the season. Fellow junior Brittany Duncan has five home runs and is tied with Jones with a team-high 25 RBIs.
• Louisville is hitting .298 as a team with six players boasting batting averages above .300.
• Freshman Maryssa Becker (10-3) has a 1.85 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 98.1 innings while holding opponents to a .208 batting average.
• Becker is the current American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second straight week, while Keller is the league Player of the Week for the second time this season.
• Head coach Sandy Pearsall is in her 15th season at UofL. She started the program in 2000 and is the only head coach in UofL Softball history, guiding the program to a 577-289 record.
• Becker is the current American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second straight week, while Keller is the league Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Taner Fowler needs one more run to reach 100 career runs and become the 13th player in program history to reach that milestone. Two-time All-American Melissa Roth holds the school record with 204 - the only Cardinal to surpass the 200 mark.
Katie Keller needs one more walk to tie for first in career walks at UofL. All-American Chelsea Bemis currently owns the record with 111.
• Head coach Sandy Pearsall is in her 15th season at UofL. She started the program in 2000 and is the only head coach in UofL Softball history, guiding the program to a 577-289 record.

Cards Against Connecticut
Series Record: Louisville leads 13-5
Last Meeting: April 13-14, 2013 - The Cardinals swept a three-game BIG EAST Conference series at Ulmer Stadium. Louisville edged UConn 3-2 in eight innings in the first game of a doubleheader and then posted an 8-0 win in the nightcap. The Cards took the finale 4-1. Scouting the Huskies: UConn enters the weekend with a 9-26 overall record and tied for sixth with a 2-6 mark in American Athletic Conference play. The Huskies have had a busy week with three mid-week games.
• UConn began the week with an 11-0 loss at UMass on Monday, April 8, and followed it up with a 4-3 victory over Providence and a 5-3 win over Fairfield. Last weekend, Houston swept a three game series from the Huskies in Storrs by scores of, 12-2, 16-2, and 8-4.
• Valerie Sadowl leads the offense with a batting average of .345, including 14 RBIs and five home runs. Audrey Grinnell leads the Huskies with 22 RBIs and five home runs while hitting .264 on the season. In the circle, Lauren Duggan leads the team with 18 starts and is 6-15 overall. Duggan has a 4.71 ERA in 110.0 innings with 54 strikeouts.

Last Up
Louisville 4 - Evansville 3 (8 innings)
Freshman Tiarra Sanabria's RBI single in the bottom of the eighth scored freshman Paige Alford to lift the University of Louisville softball team to a 4-3 win over Evansville. The Cardinals built a 3-0 lead entering the top of the seventh, but the Purple Aces scored three runs with two outs in the inning to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
The Cards held off an Evansville scoring attempt in the top of the eighth before Sanabria's game-winning hit in the home half of the inning.
Rachel LeCoq got the win, allowing three earned runs on 10 hits and striking out six in 7.2 innings. Hannah Kiyohara was 2 for 3 while Fowler was 1 for 3 with two RBIs to lead the Cardinals at the plate.

Last Weekend
The Cardinals snapped a season-high four-game losing streak to sweep No. 25 South Florida in a three-game American Athletic Conference series.
Louisville 5 - USF 1
Katie Keller was 2 for 4 with a three-run homer and Maryssa Becker struck out eight in a complete-game effort as the Cards defeated No. 25 USF 5-1.
Louisville 3 - USF 0
The Cardinals took an early 1-0 lead in the first and added a pair of insurance runs in the fifth en route to a 3-0 win in the nightcap of the doubleheader. Rachel LeCoq got the win, holding the Bulls scoreless on four hits and striking out two in 4.2 innings of relief. Starting pitcher Caralisa Connell combined on the shutout giving up three hits and striking out three in 2.1 innings. Jones was 2 for 4 with two runs while Keller was 2 for 3 with an RBI to pace the Cards offensively.
Louisville 3 - USF 1
The University of Louisville softball team scored three-runs in the top of seventh to overcome a 1-0 deficit and defeat No. 25 USF 3-1 to complete a three-game sweep of the host Bulls Sunday afternoon. The Cardinals improve to 23-15 and 5-4 in American Athletic Conference play.
Becker got the win, allowing one unearned run on four hits and striking out seven in a complete-game effort. Arion was 3 for 4 with a run and an RBI while Keller was 2 for 3 to lead the Cards at the plate.

Up Next
The Cardinals will continue American Athletic Conference play when they travel to Orlando, Fla., for a three-game series at UCF April 18-19.

Becker and Keller Sweep American Weekly Honors
The University of Louisville swept American Athletic Conference softball honors with freshman pitcher Maryssa Becker picking up her second-straight Pitcher of the Week honor and senior Katie Keller being named Player of the Week for the second time this season on April 7.
The Cardinals posted a 3-1 week against two top-25 opponents, sweeping No. 25 USF in conference play to rise to 23-15 overall and 5-4 in league play.
Becker earned two of her teams' wins over USF in the circle, with both serving as complete games. Between those two games, she scattered only two hits versus The American's hottest offense, with only one earned run as a result. During Sunday's 3-1 win over the Bulls, Becker retired 13 straight batters in a stretch between the third and sixth innings. Despite the Cards falling to No. 12/12 Kentucky on April 2, she allowed only five hits and one earned run. On the week, Becker posted 18 innings of work, allowing only four runs while fanning 17 for an impressive 0.78 ERA.
Keller went 6-for-12 on the week, recording two hits in all three games against the Bulls. Her resume at the plate included a double in both Saturday's second game and Sunday's contest, and a three-run homer in the top of the seventh in Saturday's first game to seal the win for the Cardinals. She totaled four RBIs on the weekend while scoring two runs. On the season, Keller paces Louisville with a .395 average, 34 runs scored, a .517 on-base percentage and 13 doubles.

Keller selected as a Top Ten Finalist for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award® for Softball
Katie Keller was selected as one of ten finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award for softball.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
Keller, a senior second baseman from Livermore, Calif., is the first player in program history to be selected as a finalist for the award. The four-year starter is a 2013 All-America second team, two-time All-Great Lakes Region and three-time all-conference selection. She was named to the 2014 Top 50 Watch List for USA Softball's Player of the Year and was a Top 25 Finalist last season.
She leads the team with a .375 batting average and 32 runs and is currently ranked in the top five in career runs, RBI, doubles and walks at UofL.
The communications major has been named to the Athletic Director's honor roll (3.0 or higher for the semester) three times and was a member of the Dean's List. Following her junior season, when she earned All-America honors on the field, she was also selected to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team.
Finalists were chosen by national media from the list of 30 candidates announced in February. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner.
Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award Website through May 12. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Women's College World Series® in Oklahoma City May 29 through June 4.

Keller finding a way
Katie Keller has reached first via a hit, walk or hit by pitch in 26 consecutive games dating back to the Cards' 8-0 win over Northern Kentucky on Feb. 23. Add in reaching on a fielder's choice and she has been on base in all but one of Louisville's games. The only time she was not on base was the Feb. 15 loss to FAU.

Ruckenbrod putting the ball in play
Maggie Ruckenbrod is ranked seventh in the nation and first in the American Athletic Conference in the "Toughest to Strike Out" category. The senior catcher has only struck out twice in 106 at bats.

New neighborhood, familiar faces
Louisville will be competing in the American Athletic Conference for the 2014 season. This will mark the league's inaugural season, but the Cards will face some familiar opponents.
The Cardinals played in the BIG EAST from 2006-2013, during that time, they won two regular season titles and two conference tournaments. League opponents included current American members:USF, Connecticut, and Rutgers.
Prior to moving to the BIG EAST, the Cardinals spent six seasons in Conference USA where they won 2005 regular season title. UofL was one of seven teams to play in the league's first season of softball. USF was another founding member of C-USA softball and Houston joined the league the following season (2001).

Becker Tosses First Career No-Hitter
On March 19, freshman Maryssa Becker struck out five en route to her first career no-hitter as the Cards defeated host Western Kentucky 3-0. The no-no was Louisville's first since April 15, 2012 when Tori Collins posted her second consecutive one against Longwood.

Ruckenbrod on Patrol
Senior catcher Maggie Ruckenbrod has thrown out 15 of 29 would-be base stealers. She currently has thrown out 55 in her career, placing her second on the school's all-time list behind current softball director of operations Lisa (McMillan) Pinkston who owns the record with 60.
Additionally, Ruckenbrod has picked off three runners this season. She owns the school record for pickoffs in a game (three), season (11 in 2011) and career (29).

Cards Set School Record for Runs in a Game
Louisville 22- Ohio University 4 (5 innings)
On March 9, the Cardinals defeated Ohio University 22-4 at Ulmer Stadium, setting a program record for runs in a game.The previous record was 18 set against Saint Louis on April 24, 2005. Highlights from the game included:
• Every starter in the lineup had at least one hit as the Cards pounded out a season-high 18 hits
• Senior Taner Fowler and junior Brittany Duncan each tied a school record for runs in a game with four.
• Senior Hannah Kiyohara had a career-high five RBIs to combine with a season-best 3 for 4 performance at the plate.

Power Surge
Junior transfers Kelsi Jones (Missouri) and Brittany Duncan (Valparaiso) have been welcome additions to a team which set a program record for home runs with 63 in 2013. Jones leads the team with seven and Duncan follows closely with five to account for 12 of the Cardinals' 28 round-trippers on the season.

 

 

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