By Creighton Harley
After falling to Michigan for the second time in as many days on Sunday, the University of Louisville softball season came to a close. Since the establishment of the program in 2000, Sandy Pearsall has committed herself to building one of the up-and-coming college softball programs. While falling short of the goal of a Women’s College World Series, there are plenty of positives to reflect on:
- 55-5 won-lost season (Record)
- 25-0 Regular Season Home Record
- Big East Regular Season Conference Champions
- Big East Tournament Champions
- Big East Coaching Staff of the Year
- Nine All-Big East players
- Five All-NCAA Great Lakes players
- Three game season sweep of Kentucky
- Single game attendance record, 3,124 (against UK)
After losing only three seniors, (Tori Collins, Kristin Austin, Tesha Paysen), the Cards should be poised for another exciting season in 2013. The next step is putting together a respectable out-of-conference schedule. UofL had the best record in college softball, but received only a No. 15 seed because of its schedule and RPI.
Tom Jurich and Julie Hermann are looking out for the softball program, with plans for a $2.6 million expansion Ulmer Stadium. Improvements will include a terrace, an expanded press box, new locker rooms and team space, and concession areas. The investments will keep bringing NCAA tournament action to Floyd Street, enhance recruiting and greater respect nationally.