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The scandals surrounding the men’s basketball program have finally hit the university where it hurts -- their wallet. The university announced at the Feb. 2 University of Louisville Athletic Association meeting that men’s basketball ticket sales are $2 million under budget. Through Feb. 12, Louisville is averaging 17,474 fans per home game -- a 16 percent drop from the 2016-17 average of 20,859. Average attendance this season is the lowest since the 2001 season when the team averaged 17,443 fans per home game and will be the lowest-attended season at the KFC Yum! Center. Since moving into the Yum! Center in 2010, U of L has hosted more than 20,000 fans every season, averaging 21,325. The Yum! Center’s capacity is 22,090. Senior athletic director of media relations Kenny Klein said the program recognizes the controversies around the program and backed the fan base. “While we realize that recent events surrounding our program have had an impact on attendance, our average atten-
dance to date would rank among the top five in the nation and we know we have a terrific fan base,” Klein said. Louisville ranked fourth nationally in average attendance last season. U of L’s 2017-18 attendance through Feb. 12 would rank fifth against last year’s numbers. U of L has been in the top five in average attendance since 1996 and top 10 since 1979. Klein said the program is thankful for their fans and hopes they share their tickets if they are unable to attend. “We’re hopeful that if fans that have purchased seats and cannot attend (they) will utilize simple digital methods to transfer their seats to someone who may be interested in attending,” Klein said. The team has yet to sell out a game in the 2017-18 season. Obtained through a Kentucky Open Records Request, the athletic department provided their official number of tickets sold, scanned and announced attendance through their home games up to Dec. 31. Klein clarified what sold, scanned and attendance means. “Scanned is the number picked up
from digital ticket scanning devices. Sold is the number of tickets purchased and distributed for that game,” Klein said. “Announced is an estimated attendance figure that takes into account tickets sold, passes distributed and others that may be in attendance at any one event.” This is a stark difference from the past two seasons. Klein anticipates more revenue to come as the year progresses. “We expect other revenues to come for the remainder of the fiscal year beyond what was attained through the December statements noted at the recent ULAA board meeting,” Klein said. Fans can still buy tickets to the final two home games, No. 21 North Carolina on Feb. 17 and No. 2 Virginia on March 2. StubHub.com has single-entry ticket prices for the UNC game ranging from $40-123 for upper level and $199-300 for lower level. TicketMaster.com has upper level tickets to the North Carolina game from $40-85. Against Syracuse, a noted rivalry, home ticket prices were going as low as $2 on the day of the game on VividSeats.com. Fans are noticing the drop in attendance both in person and on TV. Ryan Carroll, a lifelong fan, attended his first game of the 201718 season on Feb. 3 against Florida State. He said he typically attends five or six games a year. “The games I’ve watched televised,
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there are spots open in the lower (level) way more than usual,” Carroll said. Aidan Delaney and Collin Rauk are juniors at U of L and self-proclaimed die-hard fans. During the Georgia Tech game on Feb. 8, Delaney said the fall of attendance is a sign of attrition. “Can you really blame anybody (for not showing up)? Everyone has been dragged through the mud for the last three years and they’re tired of it,” Delaney said. “This is their response.” Rauk echoed this message. “It’s very disappointing (to see), but at the same time you understand it,” Rauk said. “Hopefully things clear up in the coming years, it’s going to be a rough couple of years.” Louisville’s fall in attendance comes due to the perfect storm: the fallout of former men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich, no permanent head coach and athletic director, fatigue with the university’s politics and less than usual production on the court.
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Faculty rip campus climate survey results MEGAN BREWER @__MBREWER
In the Feb. 7 Faculty Senate meeting, faculty said the 2017 campus climate results need refinement and analysis to meet the university’s strategic plan. “It was useless, (the survey results) they released,” Associate Professor Reginald Bruce of the College of Business said. Faculty said they were concerned because the range of answer options wasn’t broad enough. Interim president Greg Postel said the issues identified in the earlier 2014 survey still need to be addressed. “What’s important to me is to make sure we really do something with the results of the survey,” Postel said. “Some of
the answers are very clear -- there’s clear directives from faculty and staff on some of the questions, others are a coin toss.” Faculty also said they want to see a statement about tuition and scholarships in the plan. Dale Billingsley said the administration wants to increase enrollment up to 30,000 students in the next five years. “This morning I was asked, ‘Well, what’re we going to do with 30,000 students next fall?’ ... I hope we don’t have 30,000 students next fall because we’re in no way ready to accommodate them,” Billingsley said. Billingsley said enrolling 30,000 students — 8,000 more — would put pressure on finances, student housing, classroom space and the number of professors. Budget forums have been announced
to discuss university finances and explain the results of the campus climate surveys. These forums will be Feb. 22 at Noon
at Floyd Theatre in the SAC and Feb. 26 at 11:30 a.m. at Kornhauser Auditorium on Health Sciences Center.
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Students drop out after crypto-consulting business takes off LYNDSEY NEWPORT @THECARDINALNEWS
Former U of L student Enrique Rodriquez founded Crypto Consulting Group, which deals with currencies like the recently famous Bitcoin and smaller web coins. The startup was founded nine months ago, and the group now has six employees on staff. Three are former U of L students dropped out so they could devote more time to the group. Consultant Bryar Herald said group consulting classes are nearing maximum capacity, with 20-30 clients attending the investment meetings every weekend. Crypto Consulting Group advises clients against day trading, which is when investors try to complete transactions at critical points in the daily fluctuation of the coin or stock’s value. Herald said even day traders with years of stock market experience have not had much success doing the same with cryptocurrencies. “The thing we promote is the education in not only the technology but investing in general,” Rodriquez said. “We have helped people figure out their investment horizons and much more.” With a client base ranging in age from 16-81, Rodriquez said investors have found major success from the company. “We have recommended picks to people that have had profitable results of over 5,000 percent,” Rodriquez said. Rodriquez was a communication major but didn’t know what type of career he was looking for. “I spent three years at U of L trying to figure out what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, and to no surprise, when I couldn’t decide on something I ultimately decided to go create my own career,” Rodriquez said.
Rodriquez and his partner, Jacob Melin, now have a team of four consultants working with them.
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The team offers workshops to interested parties to introduce them to cryptocurrencies and the idea of investing. This includes surface-level tips and information to know before getting involved with cryptocurrency. For more advanced investors, the consulting group has created an in-depth workshop. Through this package, Crypto Consulting Group gives clients different investing strategies and evaluation methods. The volatility of cryptocurrencies has led critics to question if these markets are sustainable. Rodriquez said the biggest challenge the group is facing is how mainstream media covers alternative currencies. “They are constantly spreading inaccurate news and scaring people away from the space when they should be promoting education,” Rodriquez said. Rodriquez has a vision for the future of an expanded company that includes
“Our group is currently working on a CCG consultant certification that will allow us to recruit the most experienced and knowledgeable individuals to enlighten the crypto-curious all over the world,” Rodriquez said. Sporting his U of L roots, Rodriquez
plans on expanding his efforts onto campus to find new talent and to spread education about cryptocurrencies. Rodriquez said he hopes to change the modern landscape of the current crypto economy and make wealth more accessible to everyday people.
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Cardinals visit Frankfort to lobby for student interests
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U of L students traveled to Frankfort Feb. 6 to lobby for the university’s interests. The trip was a product of SGA’s Cards in Action program, which aims to inform state legislators of student needs. SGA Governmental Affairs Director Jonas Bastien said about 20 were in attendance, up from 15 students last year. “As much as this was a lobbying trip, this was an educational experience that you [cannot] receive in the classroom for everyone involved,” Bastien said. Bastien said the group met with Kentucky state senators and representatives from the Louisville area and pushed for more funding for higher education. Bastien said the group was particularly excited to speak with Sen. Morgan McGar-
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vey and Sen. Julie Raque Adams, both of whom attended Fancyville, the annual SGA political forum last fall. The group does not have a specific
stance on any legislation, but they are a pro-student lobbying group. “We will be advocating for highereducation funding, and relaying the im-
portance of programs like the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship that provide increased opportunities for student success,” Bastien said. He said a desired outcome of the trip would be to see Governor Matt Bevin propose smaller budget cuts or no cuts at all for higher-education institutions. In January, Bevin proposed a statewide 6.25 percent cut to post-secondary institutions. Bastien said the effectiveness of the trip is hard to measure. The 2018 Kentucky legislative session is still in its early phases, meaning many of the bills voted on have not yet been proposed. U of L will have a separate advocacy day in Frankfort on March 20, after the bill filing deadline. For this event, students will target specific legislation and lobby for or against individual bills.
Former ambassador to U.K. promotes humanities at Phi Beta Kappa lecture BAILEY CAMPAGNA @THECARDINALNEWS
Former Ambassador to the U.K. and Sweden Matthew Barzun spoke to students about the advancement of humanities at the 13th annual Phi Beta Kappa lecture Feb. 6. “Our Separate Worlds: Where Do We Go From Here?” argued societal divisions can be mended by more education in the fields of humanities. Barzun presented the idea of a divided America where people should look towards the inclusive message humanities presents. While ambassador to the U.K., Barzun spoke to 20,000 high school students about their ideas of the most hopeful and most frustrating things in the country. After being an ambassador, he was
inspired to continue speaking to students from Louisville and Indiana.
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He said many students found division to be the most frustrating thing in America, and diversity gave students the greatest hope. He said humanities encourage the diversity that gives hope. Barzun said in a time when the focus has been on STEM subjects, universities should devote resources to expanding the teaching of humanities. “If you relegate humanities to just one little letter trying to imitate the trendiness of science, that is a losing prophecy,” Barzun said. He said humanities focuses on inclusion, while STEM subjects often focus on “factoring out.” He said in its current divisive climate, America needs to learn more about inclusivity. Barzun said we are currently living in a “connection paradox.”
“Never have we been so connectable. Never have we felt so disconnected,” Barzun said. He said in the age of social media and the internet, we are more alone than ever. He pointed to the U.K.’s recent creation of the Minister of Loneliness, and books such as “Alone Together” by Sherry Turkle. “We have confused mere connectivity with real connection,” Barzun said. He said this too can be solved by a deeper interest in the humanities and encourages people striving to work in all fields to take an interest in the subject. “Ask, listen, serve, open up,” Barzun said in his final remarks. “That, I think, is a helpful pattern. That, I think, sets the right tone.”
Law school panel discusses transition from #MeToo to #NowWhat LYNDSEY NEWPORT @THECARDINALNEWS
The U of L Brandeis School of Law hosted a symposium dedicated to the recent social media movement #MeToo and the reactionary sensation #NowWhat on Feb. 9. The #MeToo movement has gained traction recently and has allowed survivors to connect and share their stories of sexual violence. The subsequent #NowWhat movement aims to find the solution to the societal issue of gender-based crimes and workplace discrimination. The symposium’s schedule included panels with legal experts, scholars and activists. Discussion focused on how the criminal justice system can better assist in prosecuting aggressors and protecting
victims. The first panel talked about the way the law handles sexual harassment cases and the hardships that come with it. Gretchen Hunt of the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office of Victims Advocacy spoke about the state’s efforts to protect victims of all forms of sexual violence. “In the state of Kentucky, rape and sodomy are still only considered in terms of penis, vagina and anus, and fail to recognize other violations that are more common amongst women, like digital or foreign object penetration,” Hunt said. “We are trying to center the voice of survivor leaver’s and put them at the table with policymakers.” She said an evident problem is the disconnect between men and women in the workplace. Law professor Ariana Levinson said there are only 25 women in congress,
and only about 21 percent of law part- #MeToo movement has allowed for the ners are female in the U.S. barriers that have held back women back “That is due to, and causes sexual ha- for centuries to ignite change,” Franks rassment,” she said. said. The second panel continued with similar topics but asked what victims and advocates can do without the law to continue #MeToo’s momentum. “It is horribly depressing knowing that almost every woman has gone through this, but there is power in numbers and change is possible,” law professor and symposium moderator JoAnne Sweeney said. Mary Anne Franks, American legal scholar, author, activist and media commentator, presented the idea of inspiring women to take action by summarizing the importance of the #MeToo move- Attorney General Andy Beshear. ment. PHOTO BY ARRY SCHOFIELD / “There are definite anxieties behind THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL the voice that women hold, and the
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Hiring freeze thaws cleaning, not jobs MADISON THOMPSON @MTHOMP27
U of L has been experiencing a hiring freeze for several years now. As well as administrative positions, other positions such as custodial work have been frozen. This has led to a buildup of garbage. It has left students, faculty and staff working in unclean conditions for some-
times weeks at a time. The open positions leave current faculty and staff working outside of their job description. Some are even cleaning the classrooms they teach in. The truth is, current university attendees are starting to take matters into their own hands and we should follow their examples. We need to step up and do something to help keep our campus clean.
We are a community and now that the university has to tighten its belt, we need to pull together and act like one. The current situation, whether it is a hiring freeze or a hiring frost in the eyes of the administration, is unavoidable. Pointing the fingers at the administration isn’t going to fill positions. It goes back to the old adage, “if you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself.”
In our case, we need to clean, sweep and take on some extra work until our hiring thaw arrives. The working conditions, even though faculty and staff are stepping up, are unacceptable. We can hope things get better and, until that time, we need to pitch in and help where we can.
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Building the future, deferring the past MADISON THOMPSON @MTHOMP27
U of L is expanding campus and building projects, from the renovations to the SAC to the new Future Student Success Center. The renovations bring the hope of growing student enrollment, as well as new study spaces and state-of-the-art classrooms. Even though the university is creating new spaces for students, the older buildings need to be maintained. We cannot ignore the buildings we have. These new buildings are being constructed while older buildings are being forgotten. But it is not just the buildings suffering, the students, faculty and staff suffer when the heat fails or property defects. Allowing maintenance requests to go unanswered has created a large number of unfinished projects and incomplete maintenance. Incomplete requests can lead to the cost of repair raising, device failure or
health and safety issues. None of the maintenance is prioritized, university spokesperson John Karman said. It is not first-come-firstserved, which is more than unfortunate. Faculty and staff have been waiting for repairs that may never come because these projects are not prioritized. Karman said U of L has accumulated about $500 million of deferred maintenance. The current U of L budget allows one million dollars annually for these projects. This is not enough, but little can be done now. U of L is experiencing large budget cuts and overall has been forced time and time again to tighten their belt. There is a proposal in the current state budget bill that, if passed, could authorize approximately $114.5 million in funding. Though the university would only receive about $50.9 million from the state, Karman said. Something is better than nothing. This money would, hopefully, be applied to the maintenance.
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Women share stories of survival in How to Start a Wildfire TAYLOR WEBSTER @TAYLORWEBSTER36
“How to Start a Wildfire” was written and performed by The Company, a group of survivors who connected through U of L’s PEACC Center. The play is about the thoughts and feelings women experience during and after being sexually or physically assaulted. The monologue based play features women performing their own truths. It was beautiful and powerful. With the #MeToo movement gaining momentum, we are seeing just how many stories go untold. Women are forced into silence because of fear, embarrassment, slut-shaming and victim blaming. “I will always remember what happened, but I can [be] me again. I want to be me again,” one survivor said. The play started off with their stories. The Company consists of seven women, each with a story. One woman was assaulted when she was only 4-years-old. When she told her
mother she was molested, her mother ignored her. For the next 17 years, this woman struggled with her body not feeling like it was hers, depression and anxiety. U of L’s PEACC Center gave her the tools and the therapy to begin her healing process. She ended her monologue with, “My body feels like it is my own now.” Another woman talked about how she was selling her body and addicted to drugs and alcohol. For a while, she blamed herself for the sexual assaults and abuse. However, she realized it wasn’t her fault. Both her prostitution and addiction were her decisions, although not very good ones, they were hers. Having sex with a man when she did not want to is and will always be rape. This woman was able to get up and tell her truth. She told the audience that she had sex with over 50 people, but “no means no.” An emotional moment during the play was when the same woman, now
a new mother, had her newborn baby brought up on stage. She spoke directly to her baby, telling her she would never allow anything to happen to her. She told her baby she will protect her with her life and she prays in 15 years the world has changed. The play ended with a group monologue where the woman talked about how they moved on. They found love within themselves and then within each other. As survivors of sexual assault and abuse, they built each other up and referred to this confidence build-up as a “wildfire.” This wildfire will spread to any survivor that needs to burn something that hurt them. If you need immediate help for a situation related to partner violence, sexual assault, stalking or harassment, call ULPD at 502-852-6111 or 24 crisis line at 502-581-7222. The PEACC Center is located in the SAC, if you or anyone you know needs support or a resource.
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Classes to take versus classes not to take STAFF
Arry Schofield: Intro to Logic
My hardest class by far was Intro to Logic with Dr. Post, but of course, I’m the one that made it difficult on myself. When he handed me the midterm, I started crying in the middle of class. After getting a 59 percent on it, I realized that I needed to actually show up and put in work. Do not take this course unless you are prepared to do the work and study hard.
I found it a lot easier to have to speak in front of people on something I believed in.
Yasmine Goodner: Intro to Biological Systems
I really liked Intro to Biological Systems (BIOL 102) with Professor Jeffery
Masters. He was a very kind instructor who cared about the success of his students. He explained concepts thoroughly to make sure everyone understood new material. He even made his lecture notes detailed so that we wouldn’t have to buy
Taylor Webster: Newswriting
News writing with Professor Ralph Merkel is a great course to take if you love writing and learning about journalism. The class period is discussion based and we often talked about current events, locally and nationally. Professor Merkel taught us all how to write different types of articles like news, features, opinion, sports and obituaries. This course is actually what inspired me to begin writing for The Cardinal. Because newspaper articles are normally short and to the point all the writing assignments for this course are short. All of the papers are one-pagers with the exception of the last paper which is three pages.
Linda Fathalizadeh: Political Discourse If you’ve been avoiding your public speaking requirement for your
general education requirement, take it through POLS 111. Political discourse was one of the first classes I had in college. It is a public speaking class designed around political issues that made me realize my passion for understanding social issues.
the expensive textbook for the class. Although I took BIOL 102 just to fulfill a general education requirement, I ended up enjoying the class and learning a lot about cell functions and the human body.
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U of L student wins the 2018 Flo Gault Student Poetry Prize BAILEY CAMPAGNA @THECARDINALNEWS
U of L sophomore Iva Moore won the 2018 Flo Gault Student Poetry Prize, awarded on Feb. 7. The competition was open to all full-time college students in Kentucky. The Flo Gault award was created by Sarabande Books to honor the late member of the Gault family. Sarabande is a Kentucky-owned company that publishes short fiction, poetry and essays. Moore received $500 and a limited edition print of her poem. She was also invited to be a guest of honor to the Sarabande Book company’s annual pie party.
The poem is titled “Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis,” and was inspired by the actual Cathedral in Saint Louis. “There were narratives painted everywhere! Reading about all the different stories really made me want to write my own religious story, with a connection to the Basilica,” Moore said. For now she writes as a hobby, but Moore hopes to be a professional writer one day. She said she is grateful for the award because it shows her people are moved by her writing. “That gives more confidence to submit and share my work instead of hoarding it in my journal,” Moore said. Moore is the hybrid and experimental editor for the Miracle Monocle, an online literary journal at U of L.
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Rebuilding or reloading, Omaha remains on baseball’s radar DALTON RAY @DRAY5477
Baseball’s 2017 season ended with the program’s fourth trip to the College World Series. As usual, a flock of Cardinals ended up in the MLB soon after -eight to be exact. With 15 players selected in the MLB Draft in the past two seasons, Louisville has emerged as one of the premier programs in the nation. What’s to be expected for 2018? More of the same. U of L has been slotted anywhere from No. 14 to No. 21 from several publications to start the season. Coach Dan McDonnell only has three seniors (Rabon Martin, Mac Welsh and Austin Conway) after six juniors were taken in last year’s draft. Martin, a left-hander, made 15 appearances last year and went 4-0 with a 4.88 ERA. Conway is a graduate transfer from Indiana State where he ranks second all-time in with 20 career saves. Juniors Sam Bordner and Adam Wolf will likely be two pillars on the mound for U of L. Both standing 6-foot-6, Bordner and Wolf didn’t allow a home run in their 85 combined innings pitched. Bordner has potential to be the Feb. 17 starter for McDonnell after being one of the first out of the bullpen during his first two seasons. As a sophomore, Bordner only allowed two runs in his 23 appearances with 39 strikeouts. Wolf went 6-0 last season with a 2.18 ERA in 24 appearances. Battling Bordner and Wolf for the Saturday starter tab is sophomore Nick Bennett. He earned All-Freshmen Team honors from five different publications last season, as well as making the All-ACC Freshmen team. Bennett (5-1) had 61 strikeouts in his 15 appearances with a 3.18 ERA.
successor at shortstop, Fitzgerald started at third base when Drew Ellis had to move to first. Fitzgerald committed six errors (third-highest on the team) but could be better off in his natural position. On the corners, expect another pair of sophomores to step into the spotlight. Jake Snider (34 appearances) should fill in at third and Logan Wyatt (18 appearances) should start at first base. Snider batted .268 with 11 RBIs and a home run in limited action last season. Wyatt played behind Ellis and Brendan McKay and rarely saw the field (18 at bats). Junior Zeke Pinkham made 15 starts last year as catcher and is expected to replace Colby Finch. Sophomore Danny Oriente is expected to fill one outfield spot after suffering a season-ending injury in the opening weekend of 2017. Sophomores Ethan Stringer, Drew Campbell and freshman Trey Leonard will battle for the last open position in the outfield. The outfield has the least amount of returning experience, potentially causing McDonnell to use some early-season shuffling to find the right combination. While McDonnell configures his best lineup, the Cardinals will rely on their supreme pitching rotation to keep teams off the scoreboard. Louisville started last season on a program-best 20-game winning streak. While that may GRAPHIC BY MITCHELL HOWES / THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL not be expected this season, goals aren’t changing for U of L. Louisville’s bullpen will likely for 14 home runs and 78 RBIs 83 starts in two years. The three-time reigning be the strength of the team as the last season. The two are returnStowers led U of L with 22 ACC Atlantic Division chamCardinals have a plethora of op- ing leaders for home runs, hits stolen bases last year and posted tions awaiting near right field. and RBIs. a .313 batting average. He came pions were pegged to finish Shifting away from the Baseball America named up clutch in the postseason, bat- second in the Atlantic behind mound, the Cardinals must re- Mann a preseason All-Amer- ting .407 with nine RBIs. Stow- Florida State in the preseason place six starters. Juniors Devin ican this season. The junior’s ers (three errors in 64 games) is coaches poll. U of L’s season starts Feb. Mann (second base) and Josh draft stock is rising and will be the lone returner in the outfield. Stowers (left field) are the only leaned on this year to provide Sophomore Tyler Fitzgerald 16 and their home opener is on returners. stability on the defensive side played 48 games with 36 starts Feb. 21 against Eastern KenMann and Stowers combined with his experience. Mann has last season. Despite being the tucky.
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Hometown pair of Thompson, Elliott boost baseball’s bullpen MICAH BROWN
The departure of Brendan McKay may leave baseball fans feeling as if the 2018 season will be a transition year. With the pitching talent Louisville retains, that may not be the case. The trio of Sam Bordner, Adam Wolf and Nick Bennett combined to go 13-1 last season. Furthermore, two Louisville natives aim to elevate their roles on the team -- junior Riley Thompson and sophomore Adam Elliott. A Christian Academy of Louisville alumni, Thompson will be competing for a starting role this season after pitching in relief as a sophomore. Thompson’s sophomore year, his first season of competition, gave the coaches a pre-
view of what he can do. In just 15.2 innings, Thompson struck out 23 batters and posted a 4.02 ERA to go along with a 1-0 record. For Thompson, there is no doubt he possesses the skills necessary for being a factor in a starting role this season. The right-hander return for his junior year after being selected by the New York Yankees in the MLB draft’s 25th round. With a fastball hovering around 96 mph, Thompson will have the opportunity to showcase his talents in a starting role this season. Elliott, a St. Xavier graduate, was primarily used from the bullpen last season, specializing in facing left-handed batters. Head coach Dan McDonnell wasted no time in getting Elliott in-game experience. In their
first game at Jim Patterson last season, the left-handed pitcher came in against Eastern Kentucky for his collegiate debut and recorded three strikeouts in just 1.1 innings. While Elliott will most likely continue his role as a reliever who specializes in striking out left-handed batters, he has proven that he can be effective against hitters on both sides of the plate. The lefty finished his freshman year with a 2-0 record and a 2.14 ERA, striking out 31 batters in just 33.2 innings pitched. Elliott, who also considered committing to Kentucky out of high school, flashed his potential against the Wildcats in their second matchup last season. As a freshman, Elliott came out of the bullpen to shut out the Wildcats in the three innings he
Sophomore Adam Elliott. PHOTO BY NANCY HANNER / THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL
pitched. Even with the departures of some star players from last season, the 2018 season looks to be a promising one due to the bull-
pen. Assuming Thompson and Elliott remain healthy, there is no reason this team can’t compete for another appearance in the College World Series.
Baseball’s Mann, Fitzgerald ripe for stardom in 2018 DALTON RAY @DRAY5477
The baseball program under coach Dan McDonnell churns out pro prospects year after year. McDonnell has another pair in waiting in junior Devin Mann and sophomore Tyler Fitzgerald. Both right-handed infielders, expect the duo to live in headlines this season. Mann, who is draft eligible this summer, started all 64 games at second base last season. Receiving preseason AllAmerican honors from Baseball America, Mann returns as the most experi-
enced infielder. The junior must cut down his errors before taking the next step as a defender. Mann led U of L with 14 errors in 2017. Nearly tripling his at bats from freshman to sophomore year, Mann bumped his RBIs from 17 to 44 in his first year as a starter. He also recorded all eight career home runs last season. Baseball America listed Mann as a 2018 Top 200 MLB prospect. A 2016 member of the All-ACC Freshman Team, Mann will likely be an all-conference select and one of the ACC’s top middle infielders.
Fitzgerald’s stock is still growing after a solid freshman campaign with 36 starts and 48 appearances. At the plate, Fitzgerald batted .208 with 11 RBIs and 26 hits. The sophomore filled the gap in the infield, mainly logging time at third base. With the departure of ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year Devin Hairston, Fitzgerald will step into the shortstop position. Last season, McDonnell groomed Fitzgerald to replace Hairston. Fitzgerald played behind Hairston during practice, learned the nuances of the position
and stepped over to third base for games when Brendan McKay pitched and Drew Ellis held first base. Replacing Hairston won’t be easy, but Fitzgerald has had a year’s worth of prep to fill his shoes. Both players’ stock is surging, leading Louisville to have a promising middle defense. The Cardinals are facing a lot of turnover after last season, but Mann and Fitzgerald will ease the transition for 2018.
Bordner blooms beyond relief pitcher in 2018 BRAD McGUFFIN @BRADMCGUFFIN
In order for baseball to make another trip to the College Word Series, they will rely heavily on junior Sam Bordner. As a freshman in 2016, Bordner was coach Dan McDonnell’s immediate go-to out of the bullpen in pressure situations. Bordner never shied away from the headlines in his first season, recording a shutout inning of relief in the NCAA Regional against Western Michigan. He also closed out the series win against then-No. 17 North Carolina and retired all four batters faced versus then-No. 5 Miami.
Bordner finished his freshman season with 22 strikeouts in 21.2 innings of work as well as earning a save. In 2017, Bordner picked up where he left off and McDonnell went to the Ohio native more. Arguably one of the best relief pitchers in the country last year, Bordner compiled a 0.41 ERA, 2-0 record and three saves in 43.2 innings and 23 total appearances. He delivered scoreless appearances in 22 of his 23 outings. Just like his freshman year, Bordner didn’t shy away from big-time situations. In his four appearances in the NCAA tournament, Bordner didn’t allow a run in 10.2 innings and re-
corded 13 strikeouts as he sent the Cardinals to the 2017 CWS. In the lone win for Louisville in Omaha, Bordner shut down the first nine Texas A&M hitters he faced as the Cardinals defeated the Aggies 8-4. Bordner’s success last season earned him his first career All-America honor (NCBWA Third Team) last season. With the anticipation of the same production with more volume, D1Baseball named Bordner as a preseason All-American. His success will be vital to the 2018 team that’s once again full of talent. If Bordner can duplicate the year he had last season the Cardinals could once again play in Omaha.
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Newly-added depth puts Oklahoma City in softball’s sights DALTON RAY @DRAY5477
Softball’s streak of making 15 consecutive NCAA tournaments was snapped last season after going 31-19, the lowest win total since 2008. Coach Sandy Pearsall enters her 18th season in the Cardinal dugout with an underclassheavy team. If U of L is to jump back into the postseason, a strong season from junior Megan Hensley is needed. As a freshman, Hensley led the team in home runs, second in RBIs and went 15-6 as a pitcher. Injuries derailed Hensley as a sophomore, leading to a drop in all major statistical categories. Hensley will be the go-to pitcher along with playmaker at the plate this season. Sophomore Sydney Warinner is the only returning pitcher, but a season-ending injury cut her freshman season short. Junior college transfer Darrianne Hale will serve time at first base and the mound. Last season, Hale went 6-0 with a 1.87 ERA as a pitcher. Freshman Danielle Watson could be the newcomer of the season. She was a three-time allstate select in Indiana. Watson had an unheard of 11 no-hitters during her high school career. Louisville’s bullpen will be much deeper than 2017, with six pitchers walking into 2018. Redshirt senior Nicole Pufahl had a career season in 2017. An All-ACC Second Team select, Pufahl had career highs in batting average (.360), RBIs (46) and home runs (eight). Hale said when she first transferred to U of L, she could
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tell Pufahl was the leader of the team. “When (Pufahl) is out on the field, she will hold you accountable. She’ll tell you when you do something good and when you need to pull your head of out your butt, she’ll tell you that too,” Hale said. Redshirt junior Sidney Melton missed last season with
an ACL injury. Prior to going down, Melton earned All-ACC tournament honors as a sophomore. She led the team in runs (43) and stolen bases (15) in 2016 and adds a huge boost to the infield by returning healthy. When Melton went down, Caitlin Ferguson stepped into the shortstop position and recorded 40 starts. Part of the
ACC All-Freshman team, Ferguson will now step into third base. Senior Jamie Soles made 41 starts at second base last season but will need to cut down on errors (10 last season) to help shore up the defense. Louisville finished No. 233 nationally in fielding percentage in 2017 thanks to 76 team errors.
Another senior, Jenna Jordan, settles behind the plate for U of L with 83 career starts. A strong defensive catcher, Jordan only has five career errors. The lone new face in the infield is freshman Kyra Snyder who plays first base and pitches. She had a soaring high school career at Mission Viejo in Lake Forest, California, winning a pair of California Interscholastic Federation titles. Junior Blaire Bass moved from the infield to the outfield during the offseason and has found a home in left field. Only her second season at U of L, Bass started her career at Auburn. Right field could be a revolving door early in the season, but expect sophomore Celene Funke to tame the spot soon. She made 33 appearances last season. Another pair of names to keep an eye on is senior Alison Szydlowski (38 starts last year at catcher, third base or designated player) and junior Madison Cousineau (catcher, Mississippi State transfer). Lousiville finished fourth in the ACC last season, going 14-8 in conference. ACC coaches slotted the Cardinals at fourth in the preseason poll behind favorite No. 9 Florida State, North Carolina and Notre Dame. Pearsall’s 2016 team surprised the ACC by finishing second in the league and the 2018 team has a similar makeup. If the bullpen can be serviceable, Hensley gets back to 2016 form and Pufahl continues her strong play from her junior campaign, Louisville could be knocking on the door atop of the ACC.
Melton sizes up a bounce back year after missing 2017 CONNER FARRELL
Softball’s Sidney Melton had a standout sophomore season for Louisville, starting all 44 games. Melton led the team with 43 runs and 15 stolen bases. That season, she was named to the 2016 All-ACC tournament team. With momentum heading into her junior season, Melton’s year was cut short 13 games last season. “It was a fluke injury rounding third base, my foot planted and everything else
went (forward),” Melton said. Melton tore her meniscus and ACL in her right leg. “I felt like on I was on track to do pretty well my junior season and it sucked, but it happened,” Melton said. The recovery process hasn’t been easy for Melton who primarily focused on getting strength back in leg for most of the off-season. With lost time in the 2017 season, Melton has her eyes set on not only regaining her performance, but also be-
coming a leader. “As a senior, I have the opportunity to be a big leader on the field and I plan to take advantage of that,” Melton said. With a large freshman class, the clubhouse for a team looking to recapture postseason success. “The freshmen are great. We really like them, our chemistry is awesome. The freshmen are really funny and outgoing,” Melton said. Melton said the class of 2022 reminds her of the 2018 class because of how big
the group is. Melton and the team thinks they have what it takes to reach their goal of making it back to the postseason in 2018. “Everyone in the ACC is competitive and we were competitive last year and finished second last year so that’s definitely doable,” Melton said. “(Making the) NCAA tournament (is) so doable. We barely missed it last year and we’ve been on the bubble for awhile, but this year if we started out strong there should be no question about it.”
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Megan Hensley is softball’s triple-threat MATT BRADSHAW @BRADMATT8
Softball steps into 2018 with an underclass-loaded team, fielding six seniors and four juniors. One of these juniors, 2016 All-ACC selection Megan Hensley, is poised for a standout season as one of Louisville’s most versatile athletes. “We have a lot of new people on the team this year,” Hensley said. “I think everyone has filled their roles and we’ve really come together.” Hensley was hindered last season by injuries that affected her performance as both a pitcher and hitter. She has fully
recovered for the 2018 season. “We’re ready to go,” Hensley said. “We’re ready to compete and put it all together.” As a sophomore, Hensley had the fourth-highest slugging percentage and hits on the team. She had the third-most RBIs (28) and hit three home runs, including one grand slam. On the mound, Hensley posted a 9-9 record with a 3.09 ERA and 62 strikeouts. She threw a career-high 10 inning, nine strikeout game against FSU and finished a complete game, one-hit shutout of WKU. Softball’s pitching staff this season is much
deeper than the last. This should give Hensley more opportunities at the plate and on the field, as well as allow her extra time between games to rest as a pitcher. “Each pitcher brings something different to the table,” Hensley said. “If a pitcher isn’t on one day, we have depth that will really help us this year.” With the potential for more time at the plate, Hensley has the chance to improve her bat and best her numbers from previous seasons. As a freshman, Hensley exploded onto the scene for the Cardinals. She led the team in home runs (13), was second in RBIs
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(52) and put together a 10-game hitting streak. Following a tough loss in the final game of the season on senior day last year, Hensley says the
team is ready to move forward and get this season started. “We’ve kept our rankings up in the locker room so we can see those every
day,” Hensley said. “It’s a reminder for what we’re striving for, and that that’s not where we want to be this year.”
Darrianne Hale’s career trek ends at Ulmer Stadium DALTON RAY @DRAY5477
Softball must replace Maryssa Becker, one of the best players the program has seen in the past 10 years. One of the players slotted to help replace her production is junior Darrianne Hale. Hale is a junior college transfer who played at Butler Community College in Kansas last season. From Dallas, Texas, Hale started her career at Incarnate Word (San Antonio, Texas) and left after not “meshing” with the
program. She ended up at Butler CC, where they won a national championship. The process hasn’t been easy for Hale, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. Transferring twice, going from a big city to a small town, facing injuries and more, Hale has been tested. “It’s been a struggle, but I’ve enjoyed it. There’s been bumps and bruises along the way, but overall I’m glad I went this route,” Hale said. Adjusting to the team is one of the hardest ob-
stacles Hale has faced in her college career. “Learning how my teammates work on the field or off the field, getting to know how the staff -- it’s a lot,” Hale said. Hale says Louisville feels like home, which makes the transition easier. She added that the staff and her teammates have really helped while at U of L. Adding to the obstacle of adjusting, Hale entered the fall coming off an ankle injury she suffered last summer while at Butler CC. She has since fully re-
covered. For Butler CC, Hale batted .407 with 22 home runs and 60 RBIs as well as a 6-0 record and 1.87 ERA on the mound. One of the top players on the back-to-back NJCAA national champions, Hale was one of five Division I signees the Grizzles produced last season. Hale wanted to “go bigger” and found herself at U of L. Her first encounter with coach Sandy Pearsall created a great first impression. “She had these green khakis on, with a green
top and she had these Keds with flowers on it ... I had never seen a coach dress so casual,” Hale said. “The way she talked at dinner is the way she talks now.” Playing first base and pitcher, Hale’s power is one of her best assets. On the mound, her off speed and drop curve are two of her top pitches. One of the biggest influences in her softball career is her dad, Scott. Hale says their relationship allows for honest encounters about her play. “He is my best friend.
He was there from day one to now,” Hale said. “I can pick him out of the stands. He’s the only voice I can hear.” Hale’s career has come from since her days at Bishop Lynch High School, but her final stop is at Louisville. Softball had their streak of making 15 straight NCAA tournaments snapped last season. With Hale adding to the pitching staff and her power at the plate, the Cardinals set aim on starting a new streak.
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Shots from basketball’s wins over Clemson and Georgia Tech
Women’s basketball sophomore Bionca Dunham.
Women’s basketball junior Asia Durr.
Women’s basketball redshirt Arica Carter.
Men’s basketball senior Quentin Snider.
Men’s basketball redshirt sophomore Ryan McMahon.
Men’s basketball freshman Darius Perry. PHOTOS BY NANCY HANNER / THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL
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