The University of Louisville softball team will return to action on Tuesday when the Cardinals play host to Morehead State in a doubleheader at 4 p.m. at Ulmer Stadium. Admission is free.
Game Day Information
March 12, 2019: Louisville vs. Morehead State (DH)
Location: Louisville, Ky.
Venue: Ulmer Stadium
Time: 4 p.m./6:30 p.m.
Promotions/Giveaways: Taco Tuesday ($5 walking taco), UofL headbands for first 50 fans
Television: ACC Network Extra – Don Russell (play-by-play); Suzanne Bush (analyst)
Live Scoring: GoCards.com
Twitter Updates: @UofLSoftball
CARDINAL QUICK HITS
• Louisville brings a 15-7 overall record into the weekend following a 4-1 performance in the War Eagle Challenge last weekend.
•Louisville is led at the plate by junior Celene Funke who is hitting .382 (29-for-76) with 20 runs and eight stolen bases.
• Sidney Melton is currently on a seven-game hitting streak while Funke has had a hit in the past six games.
• Junior Caitlin Ferguson has reached base via a hit or walk in the last 10 games while sophomore Kyra Snyder and Melton have each reached base in the last seven games.
• Senior Megan Hensley has driven in a team-high 19 RBIs and is currently on a seven game hitting streak.
• Sophomore Danielle Watson leads the pitching staff with 54 strikeouts in 55.1 innings and a .192 opponent batting average.
• Watson, Hensley and freshman Taylor Roby have five wins apiece in the circle
• Hensley and senior Sidney Melton were selected to the 2019 Preseason All-ACC Team.
• 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 Atlantic Division and fifth overall as voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches.
THE APRILE ERA
2019 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.
CARDS AGAINST THE FIELD
Series Record: UL leads 9-1
Last Meeting: March 10, 2011 – UL won 12-1 at Ulmer Stadium
Scouting the Eagles: Morehead State enters Tuesday’s doubleheader with an 0-11 record. The Eagles’ last four games were cancelled or postponed due to weather, which means Morehead State has been idle since Feb. 25 when it fell 5-4 to Central Connecticut and 8-3 to Norfolk State.
•Morehead is led at the plate by Peyton Rose, who is hitting .353. Peyton Slater has two home runs and five RBIs for the Eagles.
• Lakyn Largent carries an 8.15 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 22.1 innings of work.
The Cardinals will open ACC play when Syracuse visits Ulmer Stadium for a three-game series starting on Friday. Next weekend, Louisville will continue ACC play with a trip to Notre Dame March 22-24.
WAR EAGLE RECAP
The Cardinals posted a 4-1 record and outscored opponents 37-7 in last weekend’s the War Eagle Challenge.
• Megan Hensley picked up two wins in the circle, did not allow a run and struck out 11 in 9.2 innings of work. The senior limited opponents to five hits, posting a .156 opposing batting average.
• Celene Funke led the way with a .526 batting average (10-for-19), nine runs, two RBIs and four stolen bases. The junior had at least one hit in each game and tallied multiple hits in three of Louisville five contests.
• Additionally, Funke scored nine runs, with at least one run in four of Louisville’s five games on the weekend. She tied a school record with four runs in the 14-1 win over Michigan State. She had a hit and scored a run in the 6-2 loss to No. 19/20 Auburn.
While the Cardinals have solid veteran leadership in the lineup some underclassmen are having an immediate impact early in their careers.
• Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby carries a .316 batting average and is tied for the team lead with five wins in the circle.
• Freshman catcher Rebecca Chung leads the team three home runs and stands second with 15 RBIs. She also carries a team-best .605 slugging percentage and .456 on-base percentage.
• Freshman Charley Butler has started 19 games in left field and recently connected on her first career home run against Bradley (2/24).
• Freshman Cassady Greenwood is batting .333 on the season and has played in 12 games.
• Sophomores Maddy Newman and Kyra Snyder have started every game at second base and first base respectively while fellow sophomore Riley Schindler has started 15 games in right field.
• Sophomore Danielle Watson leads the team in the circle with 54 strikeouts in 55.1 innings and a .192 opponent batting average. She is tied for the team lead with five victories.
HENSLEY RECORD WATCH
Megan 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 nine career saves and needs one more to tie for fourth with Tori Collins (2009-12).
• SIxth in career RBI (148) needs nine more to move into a tie for fifth with Maryssa Becker (2014-17).
• Seventh in career appearances (104). Tori Collins (2009-12) stands sixth at 142.
• Seventh in career games started in the circle (73). Carlisa Connell (2011-14) is sixth with 98.
• Seventh in career innings pitched (482.2). Caralisa Connell is sixth with 608.0.
• Seventh in career wins (46). Jessica Rak (2000-03) stands in sixth place with 65 victories.
• Eighth in career home runs with 28 – needs one more to move into a tie for seventh with Alicja Wolny (2010-13).
• Eighth in career strikeouts (312), Aja Sherman (2002-05) is seventh with 463.
• Ninth in career complete games (31). Needs one more to move into a tie for eight with Tara McClure (2000-01).
MELTON AMONG CAREER LEADERS IN STOLEN BASES…
Senior third baseman Sidney Melton has six stolen bases on the season, increasing her career total to 39 which places her tied for sixth on Louisville’s career list. She needs seven more to move into a tie for fourth with Candi Hicks (2004-07) and Kristin Austin (2009-12).
AND RUNS SCORED
Melton recently increased her career run tally to 126 stands eighth on Louisville’s all-time list in that category. She needs five more to tie for seventh with Chelsea Bemis (2008-11).
• 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.
FUNKE – A TRIPLE THREAT
Junior Celene Funke has already ripped four triples in the first month of the season and leads the ACC in that category. The centerfielder has six in her career and is tied for 10th on Louisville’s all-time list.
HOME SWEET HOME
Louisville has compiled a 4-0 record at Ulmer Stadium this season after going undefeated in its home-opening Cardinal Classic. The Cardinals are slated to host 14 more games this season.
LOUISVILLE PICKED TO FINISH FOURTH IN ACC
The 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.
2019 PRESEASON ACC COACHES POLL
1) 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 Division
1) Florida State 1) North Carolina
2) Notre Dame 2) Pitt
3) Louisville 3) Duke
4) Syracuse 4) Georgia Tech
5) Boston College 5) Virginia Tech
6) NC State 6) Virginia
LOUISVILLE CELEBRATES 20TH SEASON
The 2019 campaign marks the University of Louisville softball program’s 20th season. Leading up to this season, UofL has compiled a 718-371 (.659) record with six conference championships, 13 NCAA regional appearances and four regional finals.
CARDS ON THE AIR
At 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.
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University of Louisville Athletics