March 12, 2003
RICHMOND, Ky. - -
The University of Louisville softball team lost to Eastern Kentucky 6-1 and 3-2 Wednesday at Gertrude Hood Field in Richmond, Ky.
In the first game of the doubleheader, U of L jumped to a 1-0 lead when Sara Bausher led off the game with a home run.
The Colonels quickly tied the contest with a solo shot by their leadoff hitter, Diana Barreras in the bottom half of the first inning. Elise Burch and Jennifer Norris followed with back-to-back singles. Amy Herrington's hit brought Burch home to make the score 2-1.
Eastern padded the lead with a three-run fourth when Erin Hartnett drew a walk, moved to second on Kelli Bromley's single and took third when Jen Christiansen grounded out. Barreras was intentionally walked to load the bases for the force out. Burch drew a walk to send Hartnett home. A two-run single by Jennifer Norris brought in Bromley and Barreras to make it a 5-1 game.
EKU capped off the scoring in the sixth when Norris doubled. Amy Herrington's double scored pinch runner Jackie Hucul for the final run of the game.
Louisville starter Jessica Rak (3-3) took the loss allowing two earned runs on three hits. Offensively, the Cards were led by Lisa Estes who finished 2-for-3 in the contest.
Eastern starter Jonelle Csora (4-1) got the complete game win, allowing one earned runs and striking out seven. Norris finished 4-for-4 in the game.
In the nightcap, the Colonels took an early 1-0 lead when Barreras drew a walk and moved to second when Burch reached on a fielder's choice. Both runners advance on Norris' groundout. Amy Herrington drew a walk to load the bases. Barreras crossed the plate when Bethany Herrington grounded out to make the score 1-0.
Eastern added another run in the second when Christiansen drew a walk and moved to third when Barreras reached on Cardinal error. Burch's sacrifice fly brought Christiansen home to give EKU a 2-0 lead.
Louisville responded in the third when Shannon Nord
led off with a single and Lisa Estes
hit a two-run homer to tie the game at 2-2.
The teams battled until Eastern broke the tie in the bottom of the seventh. Amy Herrington drew a walk and moved to second when Ashley Totten singled. A Louisville error on the play allowed Herrington to score and give the Colonels the 3-2 win.
Louisville Rak (3-4) picked up the loss in relief, allowing two unearned runs and striking out seven in 5.1 innings. Offensively, the Cardinals had six hits with Nord finishing 2-for-3 in the game.
Eastern reliever Beth Conner (1-0) got the win while hold Louisville scoreless in one inning. EKU had four hits in the game. The Colonels improve to 9-1 on the season.
"We had poor pitching performances the first game," said U of L head coach Sandy Pearsall. "In the second game, we had our opportunities but didn't capitalize on them."
Louisville (6-9) will play host to Purdue Saturday, March 15 at 1:00 p.m. at Ulmer Stadium.