The University of Louisville’s softball series at Pittsburgh has been altered due to cold weather projected in the area. The teams will now open the series on Saturday with a doubleheader starting a 2 p.m. at Pitt’s Vartabedian Field.
The Cardinals and the Panthers will also play a single game at 2 p.m. on Sunday with the series finale taking place on Monday at 12 p.m. All games will be shown on the ACC Network Extra.
CARDINAL NOTES• After wrapping up a 15-game home stand, the University of Louisville softball team will hit the road for a four-game ACC series at Pittsburgh this weekend. Due to anticipated cold weather in the area, the series has will now start on Saturday with a 2 p.m. doubleheader. The teams will meet again on Sunday with a single game at 2 p.m. with the series finale taking place on Monday at 12 p.m.
• UofL is 4-9 in ACC play and stands ninth in the conference while Pitt (9-18, 4-13 ACC) is tenth in the ACC standings.
• Taylor Roby leads the team with a .379 batting average, five home runs and has driven in 21. She stands tied for second in the ACC in RBI.
• Roby (6-7) leads the team with a 2.45 ERA in 74.1 innings of work.
• Roby has also produced a team-best six multi-RBI games.
^ She was named ACC Player of the Week on February 23.
• Roby recently snapped a 14 game streak of reaching safely via a hit or a walk.
• Carmyn Greenwood leads the team with 12 runs and six stolen bases, has a team-best nine multi-hit games this season and stands second with a .375 batting average.
• Jennifer Leonhardt, a graduate transfer from the University of Southern Indiana leads the Cardinals’ pitching rotation with 36 strikeouts in 35.1 innings.
• Leonhardt is tied for the ACC lead and third in the nation with three saves.
• Leonhardt has been named a top 30 candidate for the Senior CLASS Award.
• Celene Funke currently ranks second on Louisville’s all-time list for triples with 20 and needs six more to tie for the lead.
• Funke is also third on Louisville’s career list for stolen bases with 63 and needs five more to move into a tie for second.
• Freshman Vanessa Miller delivered her first career hit – a pinch hit solo home run in the 6-1 loss to Clemson (3/20).
• Louisville was picked to finish seventh in the preseason ACC Coaches poll.
THE APRILE ERA
• Holly Aprile is in her third season as UofL’s head coach. With the 2020 campaign suspended prior to its midway point due to the outbreak of COVID-19, Aprile has compiled a 55-46 record and guided the Cardinals to an NCAA regional final appearance in 2019.
• 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 ACC tournament.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Cards against the field
Series Record: UofL leads 19-4
Last Meeting: The teams last met in a two-game series played May 4-5 in 2018 at Vartabedian Field. The Cardinals fell to the Panthers in both games by scores of 9-8 and 10-2.
NOTE: Current UofL head coach Holly Aprile was in her final season at Pitt when the teams last met.
Scouting the Panthers: Pittsburgh brings an overall record of (9-18, 4-13 ACC) heading into this weekend of play at Vartabedian Field. The Panthers went 0-4 this past weekend during their four-game series against ACC foe Syracuse (1-7, 4-7, 0-8, 3-9).
• The Panthers are led by Cami Compson with a .328 batting average along with nine runs, 22 hits and five home runs. Sarah Seasmans has tallied six home runs and 18 RBIs on the season.
• In the circle, Brittany Knight has logged a team-high 61.0 innings and has issued 44 strikeouts.
• Abby Edwards (4-4) carries a 3.61 ERA, with one shutout and 31 strikeouts in 54.1 innings.
RECAPPING THE VIRGINIA TECH SERIES
Then-No. 19/16 Virginia Tech won three games of an ACC series with the Cardinals taking the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader last weekend at Ulmer Stadium.
Virginia Tech 3 – Louisville 0
Virginia Tech plated three runs in the fifth inning to take the opening game of the series.
Virginia Tech 2 – Louisville 0
In the first game of Saturday’s twin bill, the teams played through five scoreless innings before Virginia Tech broke through with two unearned runs in the sixth inning.
• The Cardinals loaded the bases in the second, but could not push a run across.
Louisville 3 – Virginia Tech 2
• Virginia Tech took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third.
• The Cardinals countered in the fourth inning when Hurst smashed solo home run over the fence in left centerfield.
• Louisville struck again in the bottom of the sixth. Taylor Roby single to set up Hurst, who crushed a shot over the left field fence for her second homer of the game, giving the Cards the 3-2 win.
• The 3-2 win marks the first against a top-20 opponent since February 29, 2019 when the Cardinals took down No. 10/10 Oregon 4-3 in the OSU/Tulsa Invitational.
Virginia Tech 8 – Louisville 0
Cassady Greenwood registered Louisville’s only hit in the game and season-high five errors hampered the Cardinals in the loss, but Louisville could not overcome the Hokies’ offense, which produced 11 hits including two home runs and two doubles.
Following this weekend’s series at Pitt, the Cardinals will have a quick turnaround, returning to Ulmer Stadium for a non-conference matchup with in-state rival No. 8/7 Kentucky on Wednesday April 7. Prior to the game, Louisville will honor 2020 senior Caitlin Ferguson, who graduated in May 2020.
• Louisville will then leave on Thursday for a four-game ACC road series at Georgia Tech.
Louisville’s ACC series at Boston College (April 30-May 2) has been altered as part of ACC Network coverage. The teams will now square off in a single game at 5 p.m. on Friday followed by a 12 p.m./5 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday. The series finale will take place on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Louisville’s 2021 slate is highlighted by seven teams in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and the ESPN.com/USA Softball coaches’ Top 25 polls including: No. 4/4 Alabama, No. 5/5 Florida, No. 8/7 Kentucky, No. 10/10 Florida State, No. 13/14 Duke, No. 19/16 Virginia Tech and No. 18/19 Clemson
• Four of Louisville’s 14 losses have come against teams ranked in the top 10 (Alabama and Florida) and 11 have come against teams in the top 25.
• In response to the ongoing pandemic, the annual ACC/Big Ten challenge has been cancelled and the ACC has implemented four-game series to limit travel between conference opponents.
• Ulmer Stadium is set to host 28 games throughout the season, including two tournaments in March: the Cardinal Classic and the Red & Black Challenge.
• UofL will host the ACC Tournament from May 12-15, where the top 10 conference teams will be eligible to participate this year.
|Lori Korte Harmon/ Assistant Sports Information Director | Louisville Athletics|