Feb. 20, 2009
TAMPA, Fla. - -
The No. 22/25 University of Louisville softball team defeated Florida A&M 11-3 in five innings Friday afternoon at USF's The Game Tournament.
The Cards took 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Kristin Austin walked and took second on Chelsea Bemis' single. Both runners moved on a wild pitch and Kristi Cunningham's infield single loaded the bases. Brittany York reached on a fielder's choice which scored Austin.
The Rattlers answered in the home half of the inning when Jasmin Donaldson and Rhianna Green drew back-to-back walks and advanced on a wild pitch. A Cardinal error sent Donaldson home to tie the game at 1-1.
Louisville pulled ahead with four runs in the second. Colby Wherry singled, Melissa Roth was hit by a pitch and Austin's single loaded the bases. A wild pitch sent Wherry home and Bemis' fielder's choice scored Roth. Cunningham's two-run triple opened up a 5-1 lead.
The Cardinals added two more runs in the third. Roesel walked and Wherry reached on an error. Melissa Roth singled Roesel home. After Austin reached on an error, Wherry crossed the plate on a wild pitch to increase the lead to 7-1.
FAMU put up two runs in the third. Rhiana Green and Melissa Oliphant registered back-to-back singles and advanced on wild pitches to place runners at second and third. Joyce Harold's single plated Green and a Cardinal error allowed Oliphant to score, making it a 7-3 game.
U of L used five hits to tally four runs in the fourth. Cunningham and York delivered base hits to start the inning. Stanfill, Wherry and James connected on RBI singles and Roth's fielder's choice scored Wherry for the 11-3 final.
(7-1) allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits and struck out seven in five innings. The Cardinals belted out 11 hits and were led at the plate by Cunningham's 3 for 4, two RBI performance.
Tara Vincent (0-1) took the loss for the Rattlers, giving up seven runs, two earned, on six hits and striking out one in 3.0 innings. Amanda Reyes surrendered four earned runs on five hits and struck out one in 2.0 innings. FAMU drops to 4-5 on the season.
"I was definitely not happy with the way we executed in this game," said U of L head coach Sandy Pearsall. "We have to be able to play with more focus in each and every game."
U of L (10-1) will continue play at the USF The Game Tournament on Saturday when they face Albany at 9:30 a.m. and Jacksonville State at 11:30 a.m.