Cards Set to Open 2019 Season Friday

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first_imgHensley climbing the record bookMegan Hensley has entered Louisville’s top career list in several categories.• Tied for first for grand slams with four, along with Lacy Wood (2003-06).• Fifth with eight career saves and needs one more to tie for fourth with Tori Collins (2009-12).• Seventh in career appearances (94). Tori Collins (2009-12)  stands sixth at 142.• Seventh in career games started in the circle (66). Carlisa Connell (2011-14) is sixth with 98.• Tied for seventh in games finished (32), needs four more to tied Tori Collins (2009-12) for sixth.• Seventh in career innings pitched (436.0). Caralisa Connell is sixth with 608.0.• Eighth career wins (41), needs one more to move into a tie for seventh with Aja Sherman (2002-05).• Ninth in career strikeouts (281), needs one more to tie Tara McClure (2000-01) for eighth.• Ninth in career complete games (27). Needs five more to move into a tie for eight with Tara McClure (2000-01).• Tied for tenth in career home runs with 25 – needs one more to move into a tie for ninth with Maryssa Becker (2014-17).  Cal State FullertonSeries Record: Louisville leads 2-0Last Meeting: February 25, 2017 – Louisville came back from behind to beat Cal State Fullerton 4-2 at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif. Megan Hensley picked up the win, striking out six over five innings.Scouting the Titans: Cal State Fullerton finished their 2018 campaign with a 35-25 record and 18-3 Big West Conference record. The Titans return six of their eight 2018 all-conference selections. 2018 all-freshman selection Deshea Hill posted the second-most hits in 2018 with 53. From the circle, Sophie Frost led the Titans in wins with 9 and team-best 2.23 ERA in 2018. The Aprile EraThis year marks the first season under new head coach Holly Aprile following the retirement of Sandy Pearsall, who began the program in 2000. Aprile becomes only the second head coach in Louisville softball history.• Prior to her arrival at Louisville, Aprile, 2018 ACC Coach of the Year spent 10 seasons (2009-18) as Pittsburgh’s head coach and five years (2004-08) as an assistant. In 2018, she earned ACC Coach of the Year honors after leading the Panthers to the 2018 ACC Coastal Division title and a runner-up finish in the conference tournament. Funke slides into single season top 10 in 2018Celene Funke went 17-for-19 in stolen bases to lead the Cardinals in 2018. The speedy outfielder recently entered Louisville’s top 10 list for stolen bases in a single season joining Kristin Austin in a tie for ninth. She needs one more to move into a three-way tie for seventh along with Jennifer Esteban and Audrey Rendon. Coleen Coughlin owns the school record with 28 stolen bases in 2000. Cards on the airAt the start of the 2019 season, the Cardinals will have 25 games televised nationally including one contest on ESPNU. The television slate feature all of the Cardinals’ 19 home games.• All 12 ACC institutions sponsoring softball will be featured multiple times throughout the season, with more than 220 games streaming on ACC Network Extra, Watch ESPN and the ESPN App.  ESPN’s broadcast schedule will include more than 650 college softball games.• The Cardinals will appear on ESPN’s ACC Monday on 6 for the third game of its ACC matchup against 2018 national champion and preseason ACC favorite Florida State. Individual Notes• Seniors Megan Hensley and Sidney Melton were selected to the 2019 Preseason All-ACC Team.• Among the returners are National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region selections junior Caitlin Ferguson and Hensley as well as all-ACC honoree Melton and sophomore Maddy Newman, who earned 2018 all-ACC freshman team honors. Junior Celene Funke also returns after leading the team with a .355 batting average along with sophomore Danielle Watson who posted 14 wins in the circle during her freshman campaign. Tournament Central Click here for the Titan Classic Tournament Central NorthwesternSeries Record: Louisville leads 5-2Last Meeting: February 16, 2018 – The Cardinals defeated the Wildcats 7-6 in eight innings and 3-2 in the opening doubleheader of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Raleigh, N.C. Megan Hensley and Danielle Watson each picked up a win while Caitlin Ferguson went 3-5 with two RBI’s.Scouting the Wildcats: 38-19 14-8 in Big Ten, culminating with a Runner-up finish in the Big Ten tournament and trip to the Athens Regional in the NCAA tournament. Sophomore Rachel Lewis, a NFCA All-American in 2018, was named to the Player of the Year watchlist prior to the start of the 2019 season. Lewis compiled a .351 batting average with 60 hits and team-best 59 runs during her freshman campaign. In the circle, sophomore returner Kenna Wilkey led Northwestern with a record of 20-7 and 3.51 ERA. Ticket Information On Friday, February 9, UofL will take on Idaho State at 4 p.m. (ET) in its season opener followed by a matchup with host Cal State Fullerton at 8:30 p.m. Tournament action will continue on Saturday when the Cards face Buffalo at 1 p.m. and Northwestern at 3:30 p.m. Louisville will wrap up the weekend with a Sunday matchup against Utah State at 12:30 p.m. (all times Eastern). The University of Louisville softball team will open the 2019 season, and its first under head coach Holly Aprile this weekend when the Cardinals travel to Fullerton, Calif., for the Titan Classic. Back to CaliThe trip to the West Coast will mark a homecoming of sorts for some of the Cardinals’ travel party. Sophomore Kyra Snyder hails from Lake Forest, Calif., while freshman Rebecca Chung is from Torrance.• Additionally, assistant coach Ashley Lane is a native of Escondido, Calif.  Ticket InformationSingle Day Pass – Ticket is good for ALL games on the date listed on the ticketFebruary 7 – Day 1 – Adult: $9 / Senior: $8 / Youth: $6February 8 – Day 2 – Adult: $12 / Senior: $10 / Youth: $8February 9 – Day 3 – Adult: $12 / Senior: $10 / Youth: $8February 10 – Day 4 – Adult: $10 / Senior: $8 / Youth: $6Click here to purchase advance tickets. Melton among Louisville’s career leaders in stolen basesIn 2018, Sidney Melton was a perfect 15-for-15 in stolen bases and improved her career total to 33 to move into tenth place on Louisville’s all-time list, needing two more to tie Kenzie Meisenburg (2001-02) for ninth.• Last year, the speedy infielder led the team with 45 runs and moved into a five-way tie for ninth place among the all-time single season leaders. Ferguson, Hensley earn 2018 NFCA All-Southeast Region HonorsCaitlin Ferguson and Megan Hensley earned 2018 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Southeast Region honors. Ferguson was named to the second team while Hensley garnered third team honors.• Ferguson (Versailles, Ky.) was named to the second team as a utility player after starting 49 games and splitting time between third base, short stop, right field and first base. She stood second on the team with 40 RBIs, four home runs and 10 doubles and scored 31 runs on the season while finishing the year with a .317 batting average. She and Hensley were tied with a team-best 12 multiple RBI games. • This marked the second NFCA All-Southeast Region selection for Hensley who was named to the second team in 2016. The Ashland, Ky., native also earned 2018 All-ACC first team honors season after leading the Cardinals with 49 RBIs, nine home runs and standing second on the team with a .355 batting average. The utility player/pitcher registered a 17-8 record in the circle with 138 strikeouts in 184.0 innings and collected ACC Pitcher of the Week, NFCA, USA Softball and espnW Player of the Week honors on May 1.center_img BuffaloSeries Record: Louisville leads 1-0Last Meeting: February 3, 2013 – The Cardinals won the only matchup in school history against Buffalo in a 9-3 win at Ulmer Stadium. Junior Katie Keller led the Cardinals with a two for three outing including a walk and three runs batted in. Fellow Junior Caralisa Connell pitched four strong innings while striking out six batters and only giving up two hits.Scouting the Bulls: Buffalo is coming off a 16-31 record and a 7-16 mark in Mid-American Conference play in 2018. The Bulls will be led by Anna Aguon who was named to the All-MAC first team and All-MAC Freshman team last season and Jenelle Martinez, an All-MAC second team selection in 2018. The road aheadThe Cardinals are embarking on a tough 2019 schedule which includes a total of 17 games against teams that qualified for the 2018 NCAA Tournament – including national champion Florida State. UofL will also face five opponents ranked among the preseason top 25 and four receiving votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA polls.• Louisville’s preseason-ranked opponents include No. 1/3 Florida State, No. 8/8 Tennessee, No. 13/15 Kentucky, No. 17/17 Auburn and No. 19/14 Michigan. Notre Dame, Northwestern, Cal State Fullerton and Missouri are all receiving votes. Story Links Louisville celebrates 20th SeasonThe 2019 campaign marks the University of Louisville softball program’s 20th season. In two decades of softball UofL has compiled a 718-371 (.659) record with six conference championships, 13 NCAA regional appearances and four regional finals. Louisville picked to finish fourth in ACCThe Cardinals were picked to finish fifth overall and third in the Atlantic Division. In the team preseason poll, reigning national champion Florida State was unanimously selected to win its sixth-straight ACC regular season title. Notre Dame, North Carolina and Pitt respectively filled out the top five ahead of the Cardinals, who are coming off of a 33-20 campaign and a 10-12 mark in conference play.• In the Atlantic Division preseason standings, Louisville was picked to finish third behind Florida State and Notre Dame. Syracuse, Boston College and NC State round out the division. Cards against the fieldIdaho StateSeries Record: First meetingScouting the Bengals: Idaho State finished 13-34 in 2018, compiling an 8-13 record in the Big Sky Conference. The Bengals return Genesis Zamora, a 2018 Big Sky Conference honorable mention, and junior Emma Bordenkecher who led the team in hits with 38 and in doubles with 10. Mariah Mulcahy returns for her senior season after leading the Bengals in wins in 2018 with eight. UL Game Notes Titan Classic Season opening successThis weekend, Louisville will open the 2019 campaign at the Titan Classic in Fullerton, Calif. UofL is 16-3 in home openers in the history of the program and has a 16-16 record in the state of California. Utah StateSeries Record: First meetingScouting the Aggies: The Aggies are coming off of a 18-34 season and a 7-17 mark in Mountain West play in 2018. The young roster will be led by Delaney Hull, who achieved All-Mountain West honors, junior college transfer Ryann Holmes who was named a NJCAA Third Team All-American, and junior college transfer Erin Kuba who was named a NJCAA Division I All-American in 2018. 2019 Louisville Softball Quick Hits• The 2019 campaign marks Louisville’s 20th season as a program and first under new head coach Holly Aprile’s tutelage.• The Cardinals were picked to finish third in the ACC’s Atlantic Division and fifth overall as voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches.• UofL is receiving votes (No. 35) in the USA Softball Preseason Coaches’ poll.• Louisville returns 14 letterwinners and six starters as well as five pitchers. Louisville also welcomes the addition of six freshmen to the 2019 roster.• The Cardinals finished the season with a 33-20 overall record and reached the quarterfinals of the ACC Championship before falling 7-4 to eventual national champion Florida State. 2019 PRESEASON ACC COACHES POLL1) Florida State (121 points, 11 first-place votes)2) Notre Dame (102 points)3) North Carolina (95 points)4) Pitt (88 points)5) Louisville (75 points)6) Duke (69 points)7) Georgia Tech (55 points)8) Syracuse (51 points)9) Boston College (47 points)10) Virginia Tech (41 points, 1 first-place vote)11) NC State (29 points)12) Virginia (19 points)Atlantic Division          Coastal Division1) Florida State             1) North Carolina2) Notre Dame             2) Pitt3) Louisville                  3) Duke4) Syracuse                   4) Georgia Tech5) Boston College         5) Virginia Tech6) NC State                   6) Virginia Hitting for average The Cardinals led the ACC with a .302 team batting average and feature eight players batting over .300 on the season in 2018. Celene Funke paced the team with a .356 average, while Hensley was right behind her at .355. Sidney Melton turned in a .329 while Madison Cousinea registered a .323 mark. Caitlin Ferguson (.317) and Maddy Newman (.315) round out the top returners. Fans may follow each game through live scoring while Louisville’s contest against Buffalo will feature radio play-by-play. Click here for the link  Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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