Feb. 16, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The No. 16/17 University of Louisville softball team fell 1-0 to Ohio State (6-3) in eight innings Saturday in the Jacksonville University Softball Tournament. The Cardinals (6-2) will face host Jacksonville at approximately 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
The game featured a pitcher's duel through the first seven innings with Louisville starter Rachel LeCoq allowing only one hit and Ohio State's Alex DiDomenico scattering four.
Each team had a scoring opportunity in the first. Taylor Watkins was hit by a pitch to start the game and reached second when Melaina Saalfeld reached on an error. LeCoq got Maddy McIntyre to hit into a double play that sent Watkins to third, but a groundout ended the inning.
The Cards had their chance in the home half of the inning when Alicja Wolny hit a two-out single and Taner Fowler followed with a double place two runners in scoring position, but Alex DiDomenico got a strikeout to end the threat.
After issuing a walk in the second, LeCoq and the Cardinal defense retired the next seven batters until Megan Colletta registered OSU's first hit of the game in the fifth. She moved around to third on a sacrifice bunt and a groundout, but a flyout ended the inning.
The Buckeyes finally broke through in the top of the eighth. Due to tiebreaker rules, Colletta was placed as a runner at second base to start the inning. Cammii Prantl's sacrifice bunt sent her to third and she scored on Leesa Gresham's pinch-hit single.
The Cardinals threatened, but came up short in the bottom of the eighth. Chrisanna Roberts started at second base and took third on Whitney Arion's sacrifice bunt. Katelyn Mann walked to put runners on the corners with one out, but a strikeout and a flyout ended the game.
LeCoq (3-1) took the loss, allowing one unearned run on three hits and striking out one in 8.0 innings. Wolny went 2 for 3 to lead Louisville at the plate.
DiDomenico (3-0) got the win, on four hits and striking out three in 8.0 innings.