The University of Louisville softball team will play host to North Carolina in a three-game ACC series this weekend as the Cardinals wrap up the home season. UofL will also honor seniors Blaire Bass, Madison Cousineau, Darrianne Hale, Megan Hensley and Sidney Melton in their weekend at Ulmer Stadium. Admission is free.

LOUISVILLE/NORTH CAROLINA SERIES INFORMATION

Series History: Tied 6-6

Dates/Promotions:

Friday, April 26, 6 p.m. | Service Appreciation Night

Saturday, April 27, 1 p.m. | Senior Day, pregame ceremony starts at 12:45 p.m.

Sunday, April 28, 12 p.m. | Bark at the Park – first 200 dogs receive a frisbee

Location: Louisville, Ky. | Don Dobina Field at Ulmer Stadium

Television: ACC Network Extra

Announcers: Don Russell (play-by-play), Suzanne Bush (analysis)

Live scoring: GoCards.com

Twitter Updates: @UofLSoftball

Louisville (32-15, 11-7 ACC) stands third in the ACC’s Atlantic Division behind Florida State (13-5) and Notre Dame (10-6) and stands fifth overall. North Carolina (31-15, 15-6) is second in the Coastal Division behind Virginia Tech (17-4) and is third overall.

CARDINAL QUICK HITS

CARDINAL QUICK HITS

• Louisville enters the game with a 32-15 overall record and on a six-game win streak.

• UofL is receiving votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball and the USA Today/NFCA coaches poll released on April 23.

• Last weekend, the Cardinals notched their first ACC sweep of the season with three wins against Georgia Tech. UofL improves to 11-7 in league play.

The Cards are third in the Atlantic Division behind Florida State (13-5) and Notre Dame (10-6).

• The Cardinals have now won six straight and eight of their last nine games.

• Louisville has produced at least five runs in the last six games and eight of its last eight.

• With the win in the opening game of the Georgia Tech series, head coach Holly Aprile collected her 300th career victory.

• The Cardinals’ 7-2 win in game two marked their 30th victory of the season, extending the program’s streak to 16 straight seasons with 30 or more wins.

• Louisville has a 15-3 record at Ulmer Stadium in 2019.

• As a team, Louisville has registered a program-record 88 stolen bases in 102 attempts on the season. The previous record was 68 (95 attempts), set in the 2010 season

• Louisville led at the plate redshirt senior Sidney Melton who is batting .353 with a team – and career – best 25 stolen bases.

• Junior Celene Funke leads the team with 44 runs. She is on a seven-game hitting streak and has scored at least one run in the past seven games.

• Funke recently tied a school record with four runs in the 8-7 win against No. 24/23 Kentucky, she also belted out her 10th triple of the season. She leads the nation in that category and tied Louisville’s single season record.

• In the circle, redshirt freshman Taylor Roby leads team with a 13-1 record and a 2.34 ERA. Hensley (9-3) stands second with a 2.92 ERA while sophomore Danielle Watson (10-11) holds a 3.58 ERA with a team-high 138 strikeouts in 125.0 innings. 

• 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 is 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.

PLAYER QUICK HITS

• Redshirt senior Sidney Melton is climbing Louisville’s single season and career lists in runs and stolen bases. She has career highs in stolen bases (25), doubles (8), triples (4) and RBIs (30).

      • Melton set a school record with four stolen bases against Morehead State (March 12).

• Senior Megan Hensley stands among team leaders in home runs (9) and RBIs (37) as well as shutouts, while standing second in ERA (2.92) and strikeouts (82). She is ranked in the top 10 on UofL career record lists several pitching and hitting categories.

• Junior Celene Funke is having a career-best season with 44 runs, eight doubles, 10 triples, three home runs, 23 stolen bases and 24 RBIs. She leads the team with 17 multi-hit games and seven multi-steal games. The speedy centerfielder is on a seven-game hitting streak and has scored at least one run in each of the last seven games.

• Junior Caitlin Ferguson has a career-high 32 runs and tied a career high in home runs (4).

• Sophomore Kyra Snyder put together a team best 13-game on-base streak (March 16-April 6)  – and is currently riding an eight-game streak of reaching safely.

• Sophomore Maddy Newman has established career highs in runs (25), and RBIs (12).

• Sophomore Jordyn Wolfe has career highs in runs (19) and stolen bases (7).

• Sophomore Danielle Watson connected on her first career double, home run this season. She has also dealt a career-high 138 strikeouts.

• Freshman Charley Butler put together a team-best 11-game hitting streak (March 30 – April 21). The left fielder has made some outstanding defensive plays and was recently among ESPN SportCenter’s Top 10 Plays (No. 8) after a diving catch in foul territory for an out in the 10-9 win over No. 3/3 Florida State (April 8).

      • Her first career hit was a home run (vs. Bradley, Feb. 24).

•Freshman Rebecca Chung has been one of Louisville’s top hitters throughout the season. She leads the team with 11 multi-RBI games. Her three-run double in the seventh lifted the Cards to a 10-9 win over No. 3/3 Florida State (April 8). She also threw out a school-record four base stealers in that game.

      • She earned ACC Co-Player of the Week honors on April 9.

      • Chung put together 10-game hitting streak (March 8-23).

      • Chung’s two-run double in the fifth put the Cards ahead for good in the 11-10 win over Georgia Tech to ensure the series sweep (April 21).

• Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby leads the team in wins and stands third in batting average. She got the win in the circle and registered the game-winning hit against No. 24/23 Kentucky (April 17).

CARDS AGAINST THE FIELD

North Carolina

Series Record: Tied 6-6

Last Meeting: Feb. 10, 2018 – UNC won 2-0 in a non-conference matchup at the UCF Friends of Jaclyn Invitational in Orlando, Fla.

Scouting the Tar Heels: North Carolina is receiving votes in the NFCA and USA Softball coaches’ poll. The Tar Heels enter the weekend with a 31-15 overall record and a 15-6 mark in ACC play. North Carolina has won seven of its last eight games, with its only loss coming at the hands of No. 21 Virginia Tech last weekend – the Tar Heels would go on to take the series.

UP LAST

UofL scored two runs with two outs in the top of the seventh to beat Marshall 5-4 in a midweek road game Tuesday evening at Dot Hicks Field.

• With the Cardinals trailing 4-3 and down to their last out in the top of the seventh, Celene Funke doubled to put the tying run in scoring position. Sidney Melton followed with her fifth triple of the season to even the score at 4-4. Megan Hensley stepped up to the plate and connected on a double to put the Cards ahead 5-4.

•Funke and Melton each went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Funke had a pair of doubles and Melton tallied a triple and added a stolen base. Hensley finished the game with a single, a double and the game-winning RBI. 

•Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby (13-1) picked up the win in the circle, giving up two runs, one earned, on two hits and striking out three in 2.0 innings of relief. Hensley started the game in the circle and turned in a solid performance, surrendering two earned runs on three hits and striking out two in 5.0 innings of work.

UP NEXT

Louisville will hit the road to wrap up the regular season with a three-game series at NC State next weekend.

ROBY NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Taylor Roby was named ACC Softball Player of the Week for the period ending April 21.

•Roby (Mt. Washington, Ky.) helped lead the Cardinals to a 4-0 record on the week. The redshirt freshman posted a .429 batting average (6-for-14) with two doubles, a triple and a home run and produced a .929 slugging percentage while driving in a team-best seven runs and scoring four. She reached base in each of Louisville’s games and recorded at least one RBI in three of four contests.

• In Louisville’s midweek upset of No. 24/23 Kentucky, Roby’s walk-off single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh lifted the Cardinals to an 8-7 win over in-state rival. In that game, she had two hits and drove in two runs. She also picked up the win in the circle.

•Over the weekend, Roby hit .444 (4-for-9) with four runs and five RBIs in the series sweep of Georgia Tech. In the series finale, Roby collected a career-high three hits with four RBIs with a pair of doubles and a home run to help lead the Cardinals to a dramatic 11-10 win in their first ACC sweep of the season.

LAST UP IN ACC PLAY

Louisville sweeps Georgia Tech series

The University of Louisville softball team completed an ACC series sweep of Georgia Tech with a 7-2 win in game one of a doubleheader and took the second game 11-10 in six innings in game shortened due to the Yellow Jackets travel schedule. Prior to the doubleheader, the Cardinals picked up an 11-7 win in the completion of the series opener which was suspended in the fifth inning on Friday.

• Redshirt senior Sidney Melton led the Cards at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two runs while junior Caitlin Ferguson drove in three. Sophomore Danielle Watson (9-11) picked up the win, allowing three earned runs on three hits and striking out seven.

Louisville 11 – Georgia Tech 7

UofL beat Georgia Tech 11-7 to complete the series opener Sunday on Don Dobina Field at Ulmer Stadium.  The contest was suspended due to rain Friday afternoon with the Cardinals leading 10-5 in the fifth. The win also marked head coach Holly Aprile’s 300th career victory.

Louisville 7- Georgia Tech 2

Redshirt senior Sidney Melton went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run and a stolen base and freshman Charley Butler drove in a pair of runs to back sophomore RHP Danielle Watson who tied a career high with 11 strikeouts as the Cardinals clinched the series.

Louisville 11 – Georgia Tech 10

In the second half of Sunday’s doubleheader, the Cardinals overcame deficits of 5-0 and 10-6 to prevail 11-10 in a game that was called at 4:25 p.m. due to travel constraints.

• In a game which featured three lead changes and a tie and 21 combined runs, the Cards collected 15 hits with nine of them falling in for extra bases including three home runs and six doubles.

• Louisville used a late-inning rally to take the lead for good, entering the bottom of the fifth trailing 10-8 with 15 minutes remaining before the game was called, Hensley delivered a two-out single and scored on Roby’s double to pull the Cards within a run. A wild pitch second Roby to third and Ferguson walked to put runners on the corners for Chung’s two-run double which made the score 11-10.

• In the game, Roby went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run, four RBIs, freshman Rebecca Chung went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, three RBIs and two runs. Senior Megan Hensley went 2-for-3 with a home run and scored three runs.

• Roby picked up the win, allowing six earned runs on five hits and striking out two in 3.1 innings. Hensley gave up four earned runs on one hit and struck out four in 1.2 innings.

LOUISVILLE NO. 29 IN NCAA RPI

Louisville appears at No. 29 in the NCAA most recent RPI report released on April 21 – moving up four spots from last week.

• UofL is no stranger to facing quality competition and this season is no different with 20 of its 53 games against teams in the top 40 and 10 of those in the top 20.

• Below is a list of Louisville’s 2019 opponents who are included among the NCAA’s top 40 in the RPI followed by the Cardinals’ record against them this season.

6. Florida State (2-1)

10. Northwestern (0-3)

12. Tennessee (0-1)

13. Michigan (1-1)

16. Kentucky (1-0)

27. North Carolina – TBD

28. Virginia Tech – 1-2

30. Missouri – 1-0

35. Notre Dame – 1-2

CARDS REACH 30-WIN MARK FOR 16TH STRAIGHT SEASON

On April 21, the Cardinals defeated Georgia Tech 7-2 to clinch the ACC series and reach their 30th win of the season.

• Louisville has now posted 30 or more victories in 16 straight seasons (dating back to 2004). The Cards have posted at least 30 wins 18 times in the 19 year history of the program with a record-setting 55 victories in 2012.

Louisville Softball Year-by-Year Breakdown

2019…………………………………………………………. 32-15

2018…………………………………………………………. 33-20

2017…………………………………………………………. 31-19

2016*……………………………………………………….. 35-17

2015*……………………………………………………….. 30-19

2014*……………………………………………………….. 36-22

2013*……………………………………………………….. 47-13

2012*………………………………….. 55-5 (program-best)

2011*……………………………………………………….. 38-20

2010*……………………………………………………….. 41-19

2009*……………………………………………………….. 48-11

2008*……………………………………………………….. 31-23

2007*……………………………………………………….. 37-25

2006*……………………………………………………….. 45-11

2005*……………………………………………………….. 43-20

2004* ………………………………………………………. 41-19

2003…………………………………………………………. 24-26

2002…………………………………………………………. 27-28

2001…………………………………………………………. 40-26

2000…………………………………………………………. 36-26

* Earned NCAA Regional bid

UOFL DEDICATES DON DOBINA FIELD

The University of Louisville softball team named its field Don Dobina Field at Ulmer Stadium to honor the legacy of local softball coach, donor and UofL alum Don Dobina. The ceremony took place just prior to the game against Kentucky on April 17.

• Dobina, who passed away in 2016, was an avid supporter of the University of Louisville softball program and an advocate of the sport throughout the commonwealth of Kentucky for nearly 30 years.

CARDIAC CARDS

In the past two weeks, the Cardinals have had a quite a few dramatic games.

•On April 8, the Cards used a walk-off double by Rebecca Chung to upend No. 3/3 Florida State, handing the Seminoles their first ACC series loss since 2012.

•On April 17, Taylor Roby’s walk-off single in the seventh lifted the Cards to a 8-7 win after No. 24/23 Kentucky plated two runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game. The win snapped a three-game skid against the Wildcats.

• On April 21, Louisville overcame deficits of 5-0 and 10-6 to complete a series sweep of Georgia Tech while under time constraints due to the Yellow Jackets’ travel.

      • In a game which featured three lead changes and a tie and 21 combined runs, Louisville used a late-inning rally to take the lead for good, entering the bottom of the fifth trailing 10-8 with 15 minutes remaining before the game was called, Megan Hensley delivered a two-out single and scored on Roby’s double to cut the lead to one. Ferguson walked to help set up Chung’s two-run double which made the score 11-10. The game was called due to a drop-dead time in the top of the sixth inning.

• On April 23, the Cardinals were down 4-3 with two outs in the top of the seventh at Marshall. Then, Celene Funke doubled and scored on a triple by Sidney Melton and Megan Hensley followed with a double of her own to put Louisville ahead 5-4.

FUNKE – A TRIPLE FORCE

Junior Celene Funke is leads the NCAA with 10 triples on the season. She stands tied for first with Audrey Rendon (2005) on Louisville’s single season list.

• The centerfielder has 12 triples in her career and is fourth on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs one more to move into a tie for third with Courtney Moore (2004-07).

• She also has career-best three home runs on the season. 

CARDS SWIPING RECORDS

• As a team, Louisville has registered a program-record 88 stolen bases  in 102 attempts on the season. The previous record was 68, set in the 2010 season.

MELTON AND FUNKE IN A FOOT RACE

• Sidney Melton leads the team with a career-high 25 and stands third on Louisville’s single-season list, needing two more to tie Audrey Rendon (2008) for second.

• She now has 58 stolen bases in her career, placing her third on Louisville’s all-time list and needs three more to move into a tie for second with Jennifer Esteban (2010-12).

• Celene Funke is on Melton’s heels with 23 stolen bases and fourth among the Cardinals’ single-season leaders.

• Funke recently pushed her career stolen base total to 43, good for seven on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs three more to move into a three-way tie for fifth with Candi Hicks (2004-07), and Kristin Austin (2009-12).

HITTING FOR AVERAGE

Louisville’s starting lineup features five players who are batting over .300 on the season. Redshirt senior Sidney Melton leads the charge at .349 while junior Celene Funke is right behind her at a .337 clip. Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby (.330), freshman Rebecca Chung (.324) and senior Megan Hensley (.321) round out the top hitters.

BALANCED PITCHING

All three of Louisville’s starting pitchers have evenly contributed to the team’s success in the circle.

• Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby (12-1) leads the team in wins and ERA (2.31).

• Senior Megan Hensley has collected a team-high four shutouts and stands second with a 2.93 ERA.

• Sophomore Danielle Watson (10-11) is holding opponents to a .214 average. She leads the Cardinals with 138 strikeouts in 125.0 innings.

CHUNG’S CANNON

Freshman Rebecca Chung has had a stellar rookie season offensively, but she has also made her presence known behind the plate. The catcher recently set a school record when she threw out a career-high four would-be base stealers in Louisville’s 10-9 win against No. 3/3 Florida State on April 8.

• She also drove in the game-winning run against the Wildcats with a walk-off three-run doubles with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. 

HENSLEY IS A DUAL THREAT

For the fourth straight season, Megan Hensley stands among the Cardinals’ leaders both in the circle and at the plate. The senior leads the pitching staff with four shutouts and stands second in ERA (2.93), strikeouts (80) and innings pitched (86.0).

• She also leads the Cards with nine home runs and 36 RBIs.

• Hensley is ranked among UofL’s top 10 in several pitching and hitting categories.

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).

• Tied for fourth in career RBI (165) with Alicja Wolny (2010-13). She needs one more to ti Katie Keller (2011-14) for third.

• Fourth in career home runs (34) and needs two more to tie Melissa Roth (2007-10) for third.

• Seventh in career appearances (117). Tori Collins (2009-12) stands sixth at 142.

• Seventh in career games started in the circle (83). Carlisa Connell (2011-14) is sixth with 98.

• Seventh in career innings pitched (522.0). Caralisa Connell is sixth with 608.0.

• Seventh in career wins (50). Jessica Rak (2000-03) stands in sixth place with 65 victories.

• Eighth in career strikeouts (361), Aja Sherman (2002-05) is seventh with 463.

• Tied for eighth in career complete games (32). Needs nine more to move into a tie for seventh with Aja Sherman (2002-05).

• Tied for tenth in career complete shutouts (10). Needs three more to move into a tie for seventh with Caralisa Connell (2011-14).

YOUNG CARDS

While the Cardinals have solid veteran leadership in the lineup some underclassmen are having an immediate impact early in their careers with as many as five in the starting lineup at times.

• Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby leads the team with a 2.31 ERA and stands third on the squad with a .330 batting average.

• Freshman catcher Rebecca Chung is second on the team with 31 RBIs and fourth with a .324 battiing average. She recently set a school record for runners caught stealing in a game with four in the 10-9 win against then-No. 3/3 Florida State (April 8) and was named ACC Softball Co-Player of the Week on March 17.

• Freshman Charley Butler has started 42 games in left field and has two home runs. She has made some outstanding defensively plays and was recently among ESPN SportCenter’s Top 10 Plays (No. 8) after a diving catch in foul territory for an out in the 10-9 win over No. 3/3 Florida State (4/8).

• Freshman Cassady Greenwood has played in 27 games with four starts and has collected eight RBIs.

• Sophomores Maddy Newman and Kyra Snyder have started every game at second base and first base respectively.

• Fellow sophomore Riley Schindler has started 28 games in the outfield.

• Sophomore Danielle Watson leads the team in the circle with 138 strikeouts in 125.0 innings and a .214 opposing batting average. She was named ACC Co-Pitcher of the Week on April 9 after tossing a complete-game shutout in Louisville’s 2-0 win over No. 3/3 Florida State (4/6).

MELTON SETS SINGLE GAME STOLEN BASE RECORD

Sidney Melton set a school record with four stolen bases in the 8-0 win over Morehead State on March 12.

MELTON ON A SCORING RUN

Melton recently improved her career run tally to 145 and stands fifth on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs 13 more to tie Audrey Rendon (2004-07) for fourth.

• 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.

HOME SWEET HOME

Louisville has compiled a 15-3 record at Ulmer Stadium this season with three wins over ranked opponents (No. 3/3 Florida State twice and No. 24/23 Kentucky).

• The Cards went 4-0 in their home-opening Cardinal Classic and followed with a doubleheader sweep of Morehead State. UofL continued it perfect home record by taking the first two games of the ACC series against Syracuse but fell 4-2 in eight innings to the Orange. The Cards resumed their winning ways with a 5-2 victory over Indiana. Louisville suffered another extra-inning setback when Lipscomb prevailed 5-4 in eight. Louisville’s fourth loss came at the hands of No. 3/3 Florida State on April 6.

Lori Korte
Assistant Sports Information Director
University of Louisville Athletics

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