Smaller Sports Close in on
Conclusion of 2018 Seasons
April 6, 2018
April 6, 2018
Football, men's basketball, women's basketball, and baseball have been labeled as 'The Big Four' in terms of sports at Louisville. However, the success of Louisville athletics extends far beyond just the four, and well into the other 17. Many of the spring sports are closing in on the end of their respective seasons and all have reached conference play.
Across the street from the Student Activities Center and the Floyd Street Parking Garage sits Ulmer Stadium. Since its founding in 2000, Louisville has called this place home. The program has seen one head coach over its growing history. sandy Pearsall reached 700 program wins earlier this season.
Sitting at 24-12 on the year and 4-5 in conference play the Cards hope to improve their record against a slumping Virginia squad. They will play their first game today beginning at 2:00 p.m., game two on Saturday with a time undecided, with the final game of the series coming at noon on Sunday.
Celene Funke and Sidney Melton have combined for 20 stolen bases. Caitlin Ferguson's 41 hits, 34 rbi, 20 walks, and .363 batting average are all team-highs. Nicole Pufahl is one rbi short of 100 career rbi's.
In a rebuilding year featuring a roster of 90% freshmen and seniors, Scott Teeter's program has kept every game close. Their 6-7 record gives a false appearance to the talent and accomplishments this team has had.
After losing over a dozen players by transfer, the squad of new faces quickly tried learning Teeter's system when he was hired at the beginning of the year. For a team that many expected to go winless, six wins and several close losses has been eye-opening.
Tessa Chad's 39 goals and Caroline Blalock's 35 goals have helped spark an offense that can ignite in a moment's notice. 12 other players have scored this season. On the defensive end, Louisville has had spans of shutdown defense, including silencing some of the top teams in the country for long stretches in games.
They visit a Top-10 North Carolina team Saturday afternoon in one of their final three regular season games.
The men's team is 14-6 on the year after suffering a pair of losses in Florida last weekend. They had to Chapel Hill and Durham this coming weekend to improve their 3-3 away record. At home, the men's team has been nearly invincible.
Eight Cardinals have broken the 10-wins column with Parker Wynn's 24-7 record leading the way. Frederico Gomez and Nicolas Rouanet both have 21 wins.
Women's tennis is also 14-6, but is riding a three-game losing streak. They are at home this weekend for a Friday/Sunday weekend against ACC opponents.
Five players have broken double-digit wins with Mariana Humberg's 23 wins and Tiffany Huber's 20 wins leading the way. Despite having trouble on the singles portion the doubles teams have won over two-thirds of their games.
Both the men's and women's tennis teams play on campus at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. Admission is free.