March 7, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Junior Kelsi Jones went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs and Rachel LeCoq struck out four in 5.0 innings of relief to help lead the University of Louisville softball team to a 6-2 win over Massachusetts Friday afternoon in the Red & Black Classic at Ulmer Stadium.
"I thought we did a good job today of scoring runs," said UofL head coach Sandy Pearsall. "We did a great job of hitting line drives and ground balls which was our emphasis this week. The other bright spot today was watching Rachel LeCoq come in and really shut them down. This is what we need to see from her."
The Cards (9-6)jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Katie Keller delivered a leadoff double and Whitney Arion followed with a walk. A walk to Brittany Duncan loaded the bases for Taner Fowler whose RBI single plated Keller.
UMass (1-5) answered in the top of the second when Lindsey Wilson led off the frame with a home run.
Louisville pulled back ahead in the home half of the second. Morgan Meyer was hit by a pitch and took second when Keller walked. Arion's fielder's choice sent Meyer to third and Jones followed with an RBI single to make the score 2-1.
Once again, the Minutewomen had an answer in the top of the third. Cote Clark registered a leadoff hit, moved to third on Quianna Diaz-Patterson's double. Taylor Carbone's RBI single knotted the score at 2-2. A walk issued to Webster loaded the bases with no outs. LeCoq entered the game and got Meeks to hit into a fielder's choice which saw Diaz-Patterson out at home. She then delivered a strikeout and a groundout to get out of the jam.
The Cardinals took the lead for good in the fourth when Arion reached on an error and stole second to set up Jones' third home run of the season, a two-run shot over
centerfield to make the score 4-2.
UMass threatened again in the sixth when pinch hitter Lindsey Zenk was hit by a pitch, Jenna Cozza single and an error allowed Clark to reach, loading the bases with one out. LeCoq dealt a strikeout to Diaz-Patterson and got Carbone to groundout to hold the Minutewomen at bay.
The bottom of the sixth brought two more runs for the Cards. Keller drew a leadoff walk and took second on Arion's sacrifice bunt. Duncan singled to place runners on the corners for Fowler's RBI hit. Becker followed with a single to plate pinch runner Jordan McNary for the 6-2 final.
LeCoq (3-3) got the win allowing two hits and striking out four while holding UMass scoreless in 5.0 innings of relief. Fowler was 2 for 4 with four RBIs. Keller was 1 for 2 with two runs.
Caroline Raymond (1-4) took the loss, allowing six runs, five earned, on nine hits and striking out four in 6.0 innings. Six players had one hit apiece for UMass.