Feb. 9, 2013
LAS VEGAS - No. 18 University of Louisville softball team defeated DePaul 8-2 in a non-conference matchup Saturday morning in the UNLV Sportco Kick-Off Classic.
Louisville (2-1) will face UCF at approximately 4:30 p.m. (EST) Saturday.
The teams played through three scoreless innings before the Cards broke through with six runs in the fourth. Taner Fowler got the inning started with a walk and moved to third when Jordan Trimble reached on a two-base error. Another DePaul error on Whitney Arion's bunt sent Fowler home. Katelyn Mann was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Jasmine Smithson-Willett whose walk scored Trimble. Kayla Soles' delivered a bases-clearing triple to increase the lead to 5-0. Katie Keller followed with an RBI triple to make it a 6-0 game.
DePaul (2-1) scored a pair of unearned runs in the home half of the fourth inning. Megan Coronado and Paige Peterson singled and Staci Bonezek reached on an error to load the bases with one out. Brittany Boesel drew an RBI walk and Peterson came home on Ali Warren's groundout to make the score 6-2.
The Cards tacked on another run in the sixth. Maggie Ruckenbrod doubled and was lifted for pinch-runner Chrisanna Roberts. Back-to-back walks issued to Smithson-Willett and Jennifer Esteban loaded the bases and Keller's groundout sent Roberts home to increase the lead to 7-2.
Louisville added another run in the seventh when Trimble doubled and took third on a wild pitch. Another wild pitch sent her home to make the score 8-2.
Starting pitcher Rachel LeCoq got the complete game win, allowing two unearned runs on six hits and striking out four. Keller was 2 for 4 with two RBI. Ruckenbrod was 2 for 4 with a double and Soles was 1 for 1 with a three-run triple.
Kirsten Verdun (1-1) took the loss, allowing six runs, none earned, on five hits and striking out two in 3.1 innings of work. Six DePaul players had a hit apiece.