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Louisville baseball opens season 2-1

By Annie Moore

The Cardinals baseball returned to action this weekend with a thriller in the season opener against the West Virginia Mountaineers. Louisville won in extra innings, a 7-6 triumph thanks in part to senior outfielder Jeff Gardner. Gardner hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning to give the Cards a win to start the season.

The victory was anything but according to plan, Louisville had a 5-1 deficit to overcome headed into the bottom of the fifth inning, but scored three runs in the next two innings, to cut the lead to just two runs, 6-4 headed into the seventh-inning stretch.

Senior outfielder Cole Sturgeon singled to left field to start the eighth inning, then stole second. Gardner doubled down the right field line to send Sturgeon home and cut West Virginia’s lead to one run. Sophomore first baseman Danny Rosenbaum doubled down the right-field line, bringing Gardner home and tying the game up.

With both teams going scoreless for the following frames in regulation, the Cards saw extra innings in its season opener. Headed into the 10th, WVU first baseman Ryan McBroom reached on an error by sophomore shortstop Jordan Striegel, and catcher Cameron O’Brien was walked by Nick Burdi to put runners on first and second for the Mountaineers. But West Virginia failed to capitalize, leaving two men on base, and the door wide open for Louisville in the bottom of the 10th.

Gardner gave Louisville its first walk-off win on a home run since the 2010 season and got the Cards their first victory of the season.

Saturday didn’t go as well for the Cards, Louisville was defeated by the Citadel on day two of the Homewood Suites Tournament in Charleston, South Carolina.

U of L led the Citadel 3-1 in the middle of the sixth inning, but the Cardinals allowed the Bulldogs to plate two runs in the bottom of the sixth to even it up.

The Citadel went on to score another run in the seventh, and one in the eighth with no answer from the Cardinals.

Louisville junior left-hander Kyle McGrath got his first loss on the season, after allowing two runs on two hits with two strike outs.

The Cards closed the weekend strong with a 5-1 routing of Delaware. Following the loss on Saturday, Louisville came out swinging in the first inning.

Sturgeon singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch to start the inning, freshman Colin Lyman walked to put runners on first and second.  Junior Grant Kay was hit by a wild pitch, and the bases were loaded with no outs. Gardner tripled down the right-field line to bring Sturgeon, Lyman and Kay all home. Rosenbaum flied out to right field and brought Gardner home. And just like that, the Cards were up 4-0 after the first inning.

Later, in the fifth inning, Junior Zach Lucas grounded out to third base and got a run batted in sending Kay in for Louisville’s fifth run. Delaware answered with one run in the top of the sixth, but the teams would remain scoreless for the next three frames to keep the game at 5-1, giving Louisville its second win of the season.

The Cards head back to Jim Patterson Stadium for the home opener. Louisville will face off with Eastern Kentucky Wednesday at 3:00 pm.

 

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Louisville remains in Big East: Conference prepares to recruit new schools in expansion effort

By Aaron Williams–

Following speculation Wednesday, Oct. 26 on whether it would be the Cardinals of the University of Louisville or the Mountaineers of the University of West Virginia that would fill hole left in the Big 12 by the University of Missouri Tigers, it appears as of Friday morning that Louisville will remain in the Big East and West Virginia will join the Big 12.

Originally West Virginia’s place in the Big 12 seemed to be a lock, but following an Associated Press report on Wednesday from an anonymous source close to the Big 12 talks, it was revealed that Louisville was still in the discussion to receive the invitation as well.

Louisville Athletic Director and Vice President Tom Jurich had this to say in remarks he made to the media on Friday morning at the KFC Yum! Center,

“The Big East Conference has been and remains a very good home for us.  We look forward to working with the league to attract quality institutions and build for the future.  It was an honor to be considered for membership by the Big 12 Conference and we wish that league and West Virginia the very best as they move forward.  We had many great discussions with the Big 12 leadership and they were an impressive class group,” said Jurich.

West Virginia’s departure from the league makes them the third school to leave the Big East this fall. The University of Syracuse and the University of Pittsburgh withdrew from the Big East in September to accept invitations to join the Atlantic Coast Conference, increasing the size of the ACC to 14.

Attracting schools to rebuild the Big East will now become the priority for the conference that hopes to expand its football teams to twelve. The Big East will need to secure seven schools to make this aspiration a reality. Invitations to universities could be sent out reportedly as early as Tuesday. Conference USA schools such as the University of Houston, University of East Carolina, University of Central Florida and the University of Memphis have been identified as potential Big East targets. In particular, the addition of the University of Memphis to the conference would be of interest to Louisville as it would provide an opportunity to rekindle an old C-USA rivalry.

Boise State is also another target of Big East expansion, and their talented football program would be key to ensuring the Big East keeps its automatic BCS bid.

Louisville men’s head basketball coach Rick Pitino has been vocal in his support of Boise State joining the conference.

“I’m going to repeat what Tom Jurich said to me the other day. I said, ‘are we really going to get Boise State into this league?’ And he said if we do get Boise State, John Marinatto should be the commissioner of the century. So, we want them,” said Pitino following the season’s first red-white exhibition game.

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Cards sports roundup: volleyball, women’s soccer, football

Volleyball rises past West Virginia 3-1, falls to Pittsburgh  3-1 in Big East action

The Louisville Cardinals volleyball team fell for the first time in Big East action on Sunday afternoon versus the University of Pittsburgh at KFC Yum! Center. The loss breaks the Cards’ eight match winning streak. Pittsburgh upset Louisville with a 3-1 victory over the Cardinals. Prior to the loss, U of L defeated the University of West Virginia on Friday night in Cardinal Arena. Lolan Arslanbekova led the way to the Louisville victory with 20 kills and 11 digs. -Aaron Williams

Women’s soccer team clenches program’s first Big East National Division title

Sophomore forward Christine Exeter scored her 12th goal of the season to give the Louisville women’s soccer team the 1-0 victory over the Bearcats of Cincinnati on Saturday night. The victory boosts the Cardinals’ record to 8-1-2 in the Big East and clenches the program’s first ever Big East Conference National Division title.

Louisville will enter the Big East Championship as the No. 1 seed from the National Division. They will take advantage of a first round bye in the tournament as a result and return to action Sunday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. in Cardinal Park to face the winner of Thursday’s Providence-Rutgers first round game in a quarterfinal match-up. -Aaron Williams

Cards’ defense holds Rutgers  to less than half their scoring average

Senior linebacker Dexter Heyman’s fourth quarter pick with under two minutes to play in the game was just what the University of Louisville Cardinals needed to hold on to their 16-14 victory over the University of Rutgers Scarlet Knights on the night of Friday, Oct. 21 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The victory improves Louisville to 3-4 on the season and 1-1 in the Big East. Senior Cards kicker Chris Philpott tied the school record for longest field goal with his successful 52-yard attempt that put Louisville up 10-7. Freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater found freshman receiver Michaelee Harris on an 18-yard touchdown pass to make the score 16-7. The Cards were led in rushing by sophomore running back Jeremy Wright, who ran for 108 yards gained on 11 carries. Fellow sophomore running back Dominique Brown found the end zone in the first quarter on a one-yard touchdown run. -Aaron Williams

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Get out of town…and we mean it! The Louisville Cardinal’s guide on where to go over the midterm break

By Nathan Gardner–

With half the semester down, students will get to enjoy the midterm break this weekend. And with seven weeks of intense classes, homework and term paper writing, a long weekend is just what the doctor ordered. However, this prescription will only work if you take it. Take a trip. Take some friends. Take time off. Just make sure you take a break.

If you’re unsure of how to best utilize your time off, we’ve got you covered. We have compiled a list of places to go and things to do both near and far, so you have no excuse to still be suffering from the midterm blues come the Wednesday morning following fall break.

If you don’t have the time or means to get out of town (although we highly recommend it), there’s still plenty to do here in Louisville. Below is a list of places to go and things to do that are within, or just outside of, the city limits.

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Louisville Metro Parks: Louisville has plenty of parks that offer something for everyone. Many have a golf course, basketball courts, hiking trails and are a great place to take pets. Iroquois Park boasts a great disc golf course and horseback riding trails.

Museums: Louisville features lots of museums, of all different varieties. The J.B. Speed Art Museum, Frazier Historical Arms Museum, Louisville Slugger Bat Factory and Museum, Kentucky Derby Museum and Glassworks are just a few of Louisville’s many museums.

Kart Kountry (Shepardsville): Located just south of Louisville off I-65, Kart Kountry offers a mile and a half long go-cart track, a newly renovated putt-putt golf course and a huge indoor arcade.

Lazer Blaze: Grab some friends and head to St. Matthews for some intergalactic laser wars. Get in the huge laser tag arena and out-shoot, out-hide and out-wit your friends. Lazer Blaze also offers an arcade and concession stand.

Deam Lake (Borden, Ind.): About a 45 minute drive from campus, Deam Lake is a great weekend getaway to get in touch with your inner outdoorsman. Deam Lake is a 194 acre lake with fishing and boating opportunities, as well as hiking and camping. Rowboats can be
rented for a small fee.

Huber’s Family Farm (Starlight, Ind.): Most people think of picking pumpkins when they think of Huber’s Farm. Pumpkin picking is definitely a reason to venture up to the farm, but there’s a lot more than just pumpkins. Huber’s Restaurant offers great country cooking, the winery boasts some of the wine in the area, and the gift shops sell tons of goods made with food grown right on the farm.

Below is a state-by-state breakdown of great destinations in Kentucky and some of the surrounding states.

Kentucky–

Keeneland: Although there won’t be any horse racing in Louisville this weekend, that doesn’t mean you can’t place your bets. A short drive down I-64 to Lexington will bring you to Keeneland, where there will be live horse racing all weekend, in the horse capital of the world.

Red River Gorge/Natural Bridge State Park: About 45 minutes past Lexington lies a whole other world that seems like it belongs several hundred miles west. The Red River Gorge National Geological Area and Natural Bridge State Park are part of the Daniel Boone National Forest and offer some of the best hiking and sight seeing in this region of the country. With numerous natural rock arches and countless rock formations, this is a hiker’s paradise.
It’s hard to believe such amazing landforms are almost in our backyard. Pitch a tent at one of the many campgrounds or take a big group of friends and rent a cabin for the weekend.

Mammoth Cave National Park: Yes, Kentucky has a national park. Located just a couple of hours southwest, Mammoth Cave is the longest known cave system in the world with 390 miles of explored cave.

Elkhorn Creek: Just a few miles to the east in Frankfort runs the Elkhorn Creek, a tributary of the Kentucky River. The Elkhorn offers great, untouched scenery and wildlife viewing opportunities as well as some of the best smallmouth bass fishing in the country. Canoe KY is a canoe rental business on the creek that can get you set up with a canoe or kayak and a great day on the water.

The Kentucky Bourbon Trial: If you are 21 or over, this is an excellent way to learn about Kentucky heritage and history while seeing the time and skill that goes into the art of bourbon making. As always, be responsible and make sure you have a designated driver.

Bernheim Forest: Bernheim is a great place to spend the day outdoors. Have a picnic, go for hike, take a bike ride, fish or bring your pets. With lots of outdoor opportunities, Bernheim Forest is a great getaway that’s fairly close to campus.

At 78 feet high, Hoffman Falls is the second tallest waterfall in Clifty Falls State Park

Indiana–

Madison/Clifty Falls State Park
: A little over an hour up the Ohio River lies Madison, Ind. The town of Madison features historic buildings and a plethora of great restaurants and shops. Just outside of the town is Clifty Falls State Park. With several waterfalls and hiking trails, Clifty Falls offers a great chance to see the beautiful scenery of southern Indiana’s rolling streams and the Ohio River.

Canoe the Blue River: Just a short drive west on I-64 (with additional time for the bridge detour) to Corydon will bring you to the beautiful Blue River. Rent canoes or kayaks and set sail down the Blue River. The Blue runs through the Harrison-Crawford State Forest, which has a campground, hiking trails and horseback trails.

Turkey Run State Park: Explore the ravines and sandstone gorges that show 300-600 million years of nature’s handiwork. Another breathtaking park with scenery that doesn’t seem like it should be so close to home. Explore the many covered bridges of Indiana that surround the area.

Shopping in Edinburgh
: Being a college student means having a tight budget. Visit the outlet mall in Edinburgh to get great deals on just about anything. Some of the stores include Banana Republic, Under Armour, Calvin Klein, ADIDAS, Puma, Coach and much more. There are also some great restaurants to get some extra fuel for a marathon shopping day.

Ohio–

Kings Island/Cincinnati: With the closing of Kentucky Kingdom, roller coaster rides, cotton candy and carnival games are a little more scarce than in the past. Make the short trip up to Cincinnati to ride The Beast, Vortex and Drop Zone to get the thrills you’ve been missing. While you’re there, you can take advantage of all the shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, such as the Newport Aquarium.

Hocking Hills State Park: Yet another gorgeous natural wonder within a few hours’ drive, Hocking Hills features plenty of activities. The park has waterfalls, caves, lakes and more for you to explore. Activities include canoeing/kayaking, horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, camping and ATV riding.

The streams of West Virginia set the perfect scene for fall colors.

West Virginia–

New River Gorge: Fall is here and with fall comes the beautiful hues and colors of nature and the changing leaves. The Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia present some of the best displays of fall color in the nation. The New River Gorge is a deep gorge created over millions of years that winds through the mountains. The gorge is a mecca for rock climbing, white water rafting and other outdoor activities.

Blackwater Falls State Park: In the far northeast corner of West Virginia lies another gem. Blackwater Falls is another destination ideal for witnessing the fall color. Many falls and cascades of the Appalachians create an excellent backdrop for the changing leaves.

Cades Cove in the Smokey Mountains takes the traveler back in time

Tennessee–

Gatlinburg/Smokey Mountains
: Gatlinburg is truly the destination for everyone. Everything from outlet shopping to go-carts and putt-putt to wacky museums to the scenic national park are all within close proximity. Shop one day, hike the next and visit some of the museums the next. Everyone will find something they enjoy in Gatlinburg.

Nashville
: Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame then see the General Lee and other Dukes of Hazard memorabilia at Cooter’s Place. At night, a stroll through downtown will take you to establishments featuring live music, great food and a fun weekend. Unlike Louisville, downtown Nashville always has something going on. Just about every establishment has live musical artists and every turn offers something new.

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