March 4, 2011
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - -
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Senior Chelsea Bemis was 5-for-6 with a double and a home run as the University of Louisville softball team defeated Middle Tennessee 10-5 and NC State 3-2 in nine innings at the Tennessee Tech Combat Classic Friday.
"The team did a great job today," said U of L head coach Sandy Pearsall. "We had some great pitching from Tori Collins, played solid defense and our offense found a way to win the games."
In the game against Middle Tennessee, Bemis went 4-for-4 with three runs, Katie Keller was 3-for-3 with three runs and Alicja Wolny drove in four runs to lead the Cards to a 10-5 win over the Blue Raiders.
The Cardinals took advantage of six hits to take a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the second.
Colby Wherry led off the home half of the inning with a shot over left center field for her second homer of the season. Tesha Paysen followed with a single and scored on Jennifer Esteban's triple. Katie Keller's RBI single plated Paysen. Chelsea Bemis singled and Maggie Ruckenbrod followed with a walk to load the bases for Alicja Wolny's two-run single to increase the lead to 5-0.
The Blue Raiders got two runs back on Corrie Abel's two-run homer in the top of the third.
In the third, Esteban beat the throw for an infield single and took second on an error. A walk and a passed ball to Keller placed runners on the corners for Bemis who connected on an RBI double, making the score 6-2. Wolny's two-run single sent Bemis and Keller home to make it an 8-2 game.
Middle Tennessee's Natalie Ysais homered in the sixth to make the score 8-3.
The Cards added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Bemis delivered an RBI single to score Keller who had reached on a one-out double. Wherry doubled to send Bemis home to make the score 10-3.
MTSU used two walks, a single and a pair of wild pitches to add two more runs in the top of the seventh. Brittney Banania drew a leadoff walk and took second on a wild pitch. Nina Devenport's base hit placed runners at first and third and a wild pitch allowed Banania to score and Devenport to move to third. Abel walked and was caught stealing second, but Devenport crossed the plate on the play for the 10-5 final.
Caralisa Connell (3-2) got the win, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and striking out four in 6.0 innings. Bemis was 4-for-4 with three runs. Keller was 3-for-3 with three runs and Wolny was 2-for-4 with four RBI.
Janele Robinson (0-3) took the loss, giving up seven earned runs on nine hits and striking out four in 3.1 innings. Devenport was 3-for-3 to lead the Blue Raiders at the plate.
Against NC State, Bemis hit a two-run homer in the sixth and Wolny connected on an RBI single in the ninth as the Cards rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Wolfpack 3-2 in nine innings.
After two scoreless innings, NC State's Alicia Abbott broke through for the first hit of the game to lead off the third. Pinch runner Samantha Melton stole second and moved to third on Chelsea Tate's one-out double. Alyssa Allbritten's two-out, two-run single game the Wolfpack a 2-0 lead.
Katie Keller broke up NC State pitcher Kayla Cox's no-hitter with a double in the top of the sixth. Bemis followed with her third home run of the season to tie the game at 2-2.
The Wolfpack had a chance to score in the bottom of the seventh when Chelsea Hartsell connected on a one-out double and took third on Alicia Abbott's groundout to place the winning run on third, but Louisville pitcher Tori Collins retired the next batter to send the game into extra innings.
The Cards started with Esteban on second via the international tiebreaker rule. Keller's sacrifice bunt moved her to third with one out, but Cox and the Wolfpack defense held the Cards in check.
Louisville broke through in the top of the ninth. Chrisanna Roberts started the inning at second base and took third on Wherry's single. Wolny followed with an RBI hit for the game-winner.
Collins (7-3) got the win, allowing two earned runs and striking out seven in nine innings. Wolny was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Cox (3-3) took the loss, giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits and striking out nine.