Feb. 27, 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - - The University of Louisville softball team went 1-1 on the final day of the Red & Black Tournament. The Cards fell 6-5 in eight innings to Miami and defeated Wright State 10-0 in six innings.
Against Miami, Louisville built a 3-0 lead, but the Redhawks rallied with four runs in the sixth inning. The Cards tied the game in the bottom of the seventh to send the contest into extra innings. A 20 minute rain delay later, Miami pulled ahead 6-4. The Cardinals attempted their own rally in the bottom of the eighth, but fell a run shy for the 6-5 final.
The Cards jumped to an early lead when Jennifer Esteban walked and took second on Jordan Trimble's sacrifice bunt. Chelsea Bemis walked. Alicja Wolny's sacrifice hit plated Esteban to put Louisville up 1-0.
The Redhawks answered with four runs in the sixth. Kristy Arbour was safe on an infield single. Both runners moved on Jordan McElroy's sacrifice bunt and Meghan Mawn followed with a two-run single. Kayla Ledbetter's home run gave Miami a 4-3 lead.
Louisville got a run back in the bottom of the seventh. Katie Keller and Jennifer Esteban delivered back-to-back singles to open the inning. Both runners moved on Trimble's sacrifice bunt. Bemis was walked to load the bases for Wolny's RBI groundout which scored Keller to tie the game at 4-4.
The Cards rallied for a run in the home half of the eighth but stranded the tying run at first to end the game. Katelyn Mann was placed at second to start the inning and scored Taner Fowler's single. Miami's Jessica Simpson retired the next three batters to end the game.
Caralisa Connell (2-2) took the loss, allowing six runs, three earned on three hits and striking out three in 3.1 innings. Keller was 2-for-4 with two runs. Ruckenbrod and Fowler each had two hits in the game.
Simpson (6-2) got the win, giving up two runs, one earned on four hits. Mawn was 1-for-4 with three RBI.
The game featured a 41 minute lightning delay in the first inning. When play resumed, Louisville put up two runs in the bottom of the first. Keller walked and moved to third when Bemis doubled off of the right field fence. Alicja Wolny's two-run double gave the Cards a 2-0 lead.
Bemis reached on a fielder's choice, took second on Ruckenbrod's double and came home on Wolny's RBI single to increase the lead to 3-0.
The Cards put up a seven-spot in the bottom of the sixth. Two walks and a single loaded the bases for Bemis' three-run double which scored Tesha Paysen, Esteban and Keller. Bemis came home on Wolny's base hit. Taner Fowler followed with a three-run homer for the 10-0 final.
Tori Collins (6-3) got the win, scattering two hits and striking out eight en route to her fourth shutout of the season. Wolny was 3-for-3 with a double and four RBI. Bemis was 2-for-3 with three runs and three RBI.
The Cardinals (9-6) are back in action March 4-6 at the Tennessee Tech Combat Classic.