Melton sets single game stolen base record – stands among career leaders in stolen bases.Sidney Melton recently set a school record with four stolen bases in the 8-0 win over Morehead State on March 12. The senior infielder leads the team with 10 stolen bases on the season, and now has 43 in her career, placing her at No. 6 on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs three more to move into a tie for fourth with Candi Hicks (2004-07) and Kristin Austin (2009-12). MOREHEAD STATE RECAPThe University of Louisville softball team swept Morehead State in a doubleheader, defeating the Eagles 8-0 in game one and 21-1 in the nightcap Tuesday evening at Ulmer Stadium.• Freshman Rebecca Chung went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and junior Celene Funke went 4-for 8 with two triples, a home run and a double, scored three runs and collected four RBIs to help pace the Cardinals offensively in the twin bill.Louisville 8 – Morehead State 0 (6 innings)Senior Sidney Melton set a school record with four stolen bases and went 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs while Funke had a triple and connected on her first career home run and drove in two to lead the Cardinals at the plate. Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby (6-1) got the win after giving up one hit and striking out seven, sophomore Danielle Watson allowed one hit and struck out three to help Louisville to its third shutout in the last four games.Louisville 21 – Morehead State 1 (5 innings)Junior Caitlin Ferguson tied a school record with four runs while Chung, Wolfe and freshman Charley Butler collected three RBIs apiece as Louisville tallied a season-high 21 runs – falling one short of tying a school record.• In the nightcap, the Cards used five hits, including freshman Charley Butler’s three-run homer to take a 7-0 lead in the first inning. Funke started the offense with her second triple of the day and scored on Melton’s groundout. Hensley singled and Ferguson walked to set up Chung’s RBI single. An error allowed Ferguson to score. An RBI hit by sophomore Kyra Snyder and Butler’s second home run of the season brought the score to 7-0.* Hensley got the win, allowing one unearned run on three hits and striking out four in 3.0 innings of relief. Watson held the Eagles scoreless and fanned three in 2.0 innings. CARDINAL QUICK HITS• Louisville enters the weekend with a 17-7 overall record, most recently sweeping Morehead State 8-0 and 21-1 in a doubleheader on Tuesday.• Louisville has won 11 of its last 12 games and carries a 6-0 mark at Ulmer Stadium this season.• In the history of the program, the Cards are 14-5 in conference openers (4-2 C-USA, 6-2 Big East, 1-0 AAC, 3-1 ACC).• UofL is 36-16 in league series openers (11-6 C-USA, 15-5 Big East, 2-1 AAC, 8-4 ACC).•Louisville is led at the plate by junior Celene Funke who is hitting .393 with 23 runs and six triples. She is currently on an eight-game hitting streak. • Sidney Melton leads the team with 10 stolen bases and recently set a school record with four stolen bases in the 8-0 win over Morehead State on Tuesday.•Melton has reached base via a hit or walk in the last nine games.• Senior Megan Hensley has driven in a team-high 20 RBIs. She also leads the pitching staff with a 1.55 ERA.• Hensley and freshman Taylor Roby have six wins apiece in the circle.• Sophomore Danielle Watson (5-5) leads the pitching staff with 60 strikeouts in 58.1 innings and a .188 opponent batting average. • 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. Funke – a triple forceJunior Celene Funke has already ripped six triples on the season and leads the ACC in that category. The centerfielder has eight in her career and is tied for seventh on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs one more to move into a tie for sixth with Keola Calderon (2000-03).• She recently connected on her first career home run – a solo shot in the 8-0 win over Morehead State on March 12. HITTING FOR AVERAGELouisville’s starting lineup features five players who are batting over .300 on the season. Celene Funke leads the way with a .393 average while Rebecca Chung follows at .375. Megan Hensley is hitting .351, Taylor Roby (.325) and Sidney Melton (.304) round out the list. 2019 PRESEASON ACC COACHES POLL1) Florida State (121 points, 11 first-place votes)2) Notre Dame (102 points)3) North Carolina (95 points)4) Pitt (88 points)5) Louisville (75 points)6) Duke (69 points)7) Georgia Tech (55 points)8) Syracuse (51 points)9) Boston College (47 points)10) Virginia Tech (41 points, 1 first-place vote)11) NC State (29 points)12) Virginia (19 points)Atlantic Division Coastal Division1) Florida State 1) North Carolina2) Notre Dame 2) Pitt3) Louisville 3) Duke4) Syracuse 4) Georgia Tech5) Boston College 5) Virginia Tech6) NC State 6) Virginia ACC Network Extra Watch Link Game 3 Cards against the fieldSyracuseSeries Record: UL leads 22-10Last Meeting: May 9, 2018 – UL won 2-1 in the first round of the ACC Championship. The teams split the regular season series at Syracuse with the Cards winning game one 3-2 on April 13, and the Cards taking game two on April 14. The final game of the series was cancelled due to weather.• Louisville built an early 2-0 lead and held on to beat Syracuse 2-1 in the first game of the 2018 Softball Championship at Georgia Tech’s Mewborn Field.• Megan Hensley scattered two hits and struck out five to earn the complete game win. Freshman Maddy Newman had a hit, a stolen base and a run while Jenna Jordan had an RBI double and Kyra Snyder connected on an RBI single to lead the Cardinals at the plate.• AnnaMarie Gatti took the loss, allowing two earned runs on four hits and striking out two in 3.0 innings. Syracuse falls to 30-20 on the season.Scouting the Orange: Syracuse enters its ACC opener with an 8-14 overall record following a 13-0 loss to No. 15/18 Kentucky on Wednesday. Prior to that, the Orange went 3-2 at the Colorado State Classic, picking up wins over Wagner (15-3 and 7-3) and Dayton 7-6 and falling to Colorado State 8-6 and 8-0.• Syracuse is led by Neli Casares-Maher, who is batting .333 with 13 runs. Bryce Holmgren follows with a .315 batting average and 13 runs. Toni Martin has a team-best three home runs and 15 RBIs.• Sophie Dandola (4-4) carries a 3.38 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 58.0 innings while Alexa Romero (4-3) has a 3.69 ERA with 44 Ks in 36.0 innings. The teams are slated to play game two on Saturday at 1 p.m. and will conclude the series Sunday at 12 p.m. at Ulmer Stadium. All three games will be shown live on ACC Network Extra with Don Russell calling play-by-play and Suzanne Bush providing color analysis. melton earns acc postgraduate scholarshipSidney Melton was among 52 recipients of the 2019 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship Award announced on Thursday by the Atlantic Coast Conference.• The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker postgraduate scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $6,000 toward his or her graduate education. Those honored have performed with distinction in both the classroom and their respective sport, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.•The student-athletes will be honored at the annual Cone Health ACC Postgraduate Scholarship Luncheon presented by ESPN on April 10. The luncheon will be hosted by the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club at the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel Imperial Ballroom in Greensboro, N.C.er stroke average.• A three-year starter, Melton was a 2018 All-ACC first team honoree after leading the Cardinals with a career-best 45 runs and finishing second on the team with 15 stolen bases. She was also a 2016 all-ACC tournament selection. The redshirt-senior infielder currently leads the team with 10 runs and stands ninth on Louisville’s career list for runs (121) and stolen bases (36). Her success extends to the classroom as a three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar Athlete and All-ACC Academic Team member while majoring in health and human performance and exercise science with minors in sport administration and psychology. The Aprile Era2019 marks the first season under new head coach Holly Aprile following the retirement of Sandy Pearsall, who began the program in 2000. Aprile becomes only 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. Story Links Louisville vs Syracuse Game Notes Weekend InformationMarch 15-17, 2019: Louisville vs. Syracuse (ACC series)Location: Louisville, Ky.Venue: Ulmer StadiumTime: Friday, 3 p.m. | Saturday, 1 p.m. | Sunday, 12 p.m.Admission: FreeTelevision: ACC Network Extra – Don Russell (play-by-play); Suzanne Bush (analyst)Live Scoring: GoCards.comTwitter Updates: @UofLSoftball home sweet homeLouisville has compiled a 6-0 record at Ulmer Stadium this season after going undefeated in its home-opening Cardinal Classic and following with a doubleheader sweep of Morehead State. Louisville celebrates 20th SeasonThe 2019 campaign marks the University of Louisville softball program’s 20th season. Leading up to this season, UofL has compiled a 718-371 (.659) record with six conference championships, 13 NCAA regional appearances and four regional finals. stingy pitchingThe Cardinals stand second among ACC schools with a 1.85 team ERA and 161 strikeouts and are tied with NC State with nine shutouts on the season.• Megan Hensley (6-1) leads Louisville’s starting rotation with a 1.55 ERA, placing her sixth among conference leaders. Taylor Roby (6-1)follows at 1.59 and stands seventh.• Danielle Watson (5-5) is holding opponents to a .188 average and is tied for second in the ACC. She leads the Cardinals and stands ninth in the ACC with 60 strikeouts while Hensley rounds out the top 10 conference leaders with 57. The University of Louisville softball team will open ACC play this weekend when Syracuse visits Ulmer Stadium for a three-game series starting Friday at 3 p.m. The teams will meet in game two on Saturday at 1 p.m. and will wrap up the series on Sunday at 12 p.m. Admission is free. Hensley record WatchMegan 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).• Sixth in career RBI (149) needs eight more to move into a tie for fifth with Maryssa Becker (2014-17).• Seventh in career appearances (105). Tori Collins (2009-12) stands sixth at 142.• Seventh in career games started in the circle (74). Carlisa Connell (2011-14) is sixth with 98.• Seventh in career innings pitched (485.2). Caralisa Connell is sixth with 608.0.• Seventh in career wins (47). Jessica Rak (2000-03) stands in sixth place with 65 victories.• Eighth in career home runs with 28 – needs one more to move into a tie for seventh with Alicja Wolny (2010-13).• Eighth in career strikeouts (338), Aja Sherman (2002-05) is seventh with 463.• Ninth in career complete games (31). Needs one more to move into a tie for eighth with Tara McClure (2000-01). ACC Network Extra Watch Link Game 1 Cards on the airAt the start of the 2019 season, the Cardinals will have 25 games televised nationally including one contest on ESPNU. The television slate feature all of the Cardinals’ 19 home games.• All 12 ACC institutions sponsoring softball will be featured multiple times throughout the season, with more than 220 games streaming on ACC Network Extra, Watch ESPN and the ESPN App. ESPN’s broadcast schedule will include more than 650 college softball games.• The Cardinals will appear on ESPN’s ACC Monday on 6 for the third game of its ACC matchup against 2018 national champion and preseason ACC favorite Florida State. Print Friendly Version melton on a scoring runMelton recently increased her career run tally to 130 stands eighth on Louisville’s all-time list in that category. She needs one more to tie for seventh with Chelsea Bemis (2008-11).• 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. Up NextThe Cardinals will continue ACC play next weekend when they travel to South Bend, Ind. for a three-game series against Notre Dame. Louisville picked to finish fourth in ACCThe Cardinals were picked to finish fifth overall and third in the Atlantic Division. In the team preseason poll, reigning national champion Florida State was unanimously selected to win its sixth-straight ACC regular season title. Notre Dame, North Carolina and Pitt respectively filled out the top five ahead of the Cardinals, who are coming off of a 33-20 campaign and a 10-12 mark in conference play.• In the Atlantic Division preseason standings, Louisville was picked to finish third behind Florida State and Notre Dame. Syracuse, Boston College and NC State round out the division. THE WINS OF MARCHLouisville has posted a 10-1 record in the month of March with its only loss coming at the hands of No. 19/20 Auburn on the road. During that span, the Cardinals have outscored opponents 84-12 while batting .33 as a team and posted six shutouts with a 0.81 team ERA. Young CardsWhile the Cardinals have solid veteran leadership in the lineup some underclassmen are having an immediate impact early in their careers.• Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby carries a .325 batting average and leads the pitching staff with two saves and is tied for the team lead with six wins in the circle.• Freshman catcher Rebecca Chung leads the team three home runs and stands second with 19 RBIs and a .375 batting average. She also carries a team-best .625 slugging percentage and .484 on-base percentage.• Freshman Charley Butler has started 22 games in left field and has two home runs.• Freshman Cassady Greenwood is batting .357 on the season and has played in 14 games with two starts.• Sophomores Maddy Newman and Kyra Snyder have started every game at second base and first base respectively while fellow sophomore Riley Schindler has started 16 games in right field.• Sophomore Danielle Watson leads the team in the circle with 60 strikeouts in 58.1 innings and a .188 opponent batting average. Live Scoring The road aheadThe Cardinals are embarking on a tough 2019 schedule which includes a total of 17 games against teams that qualified for the 2018 NCAA Tournament – including national champion Florida State. UofL will also face six opponents ranked among the top 25 and six receiving votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA polls.• Louisville’s ranked opponents include No. 3/5 Florida State, No. 5/6 Tennessee, No. 15/19 Indiana, No. 18/15 Kentucky, No. 16/20 Auburn, No. 24/25, and No. 25/RV Virginia Tech. Northwestern. Notre Dame, North Carolina and Cal State Fullerton are also receiving votes in the coaches’ polls. ACC Network Extra Watch Link Game 2 DUAL THREATFor the fourth straight season, Megan Hensley leads the Cards both in the circle and at the plate. The senior carries a team-best 1.55 ERA and leads Louisville with 20 RBIs and is tied for first with three home runs. She stands among UofL’s top 10 in several pitching and hitting categories.