March 3, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - -
Sophomore Caralisa Connell tossed a no-hitter and the Cardinal offense backed her with 11 runs as the No. 17/19 University of Louisville softball team defeated Memphis 11-0 Saturday in the Tennessee Classic. The Cards improve to 14-0 on the season while Memphis drops to 4-14.
Connell (4-0) struck out three and issued three walks, but did not allow a hit in the six inning shutout, registering her first career no-hitter and Louisville's first since April 22, 2006 when Catherine Bishop notched one against Syracuse. The Cards registered 13 hits including three home runs, two doubles and two triples with Kristin Austin and Jordan Trimble tallying three apiece.
The teams played through two scoreless innings before senior Kristin Austin connected on a two-out single and sophomore Katie Keller launched a shot over left center field to give the Cards a 2-0 lead.
Louisville used two triples and a home run to put up a four-spot in the top of the fifth. Freshman Whitney Arion got the scoring started with a one-out single. Back-to-back triples by junior Jennifer Esteban and Austin increased the lead to 4-0. Esteban extended her hitting streak to 12 games and Austin brought her triple tally to five on the year. Sophomore Taner Fowler powered a home run over center field for her team-leading fifth homer of the season in make it 6-0.
The sixth inning brought five more runs, highlighted by Arion's three-run homer. Trimble opened the frame with a double and came around to score when Hannah Kiyohara reached on a dropped sacrifice fly. Esteban doubled and crossed the plate on Keller's RBI single to cap the scoring at 11-0.
Arion was 2 for 3 with three RBI and two runs. Esteban and Keller also had a pair of hits.
Ellen Roberts (2-5) took the loss, allowing five earned runs on seven hits and striking out three in 4.1 innings of work.