March 15, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville softball team fell 9-1 to No. 7/8 Michigan Saturday afternoon at Ulmer Stadium. The Cardinals (14-9) and the Wolverines (18-6) will meet again Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
The Wolverines jumped to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Lyndsey Doyle ripped a leadoff double, took third on Nicole Sappingfield's sacrifice bunt and came home on a sacrifice fly by Sierra Romero.
Louisville had a scoring opportunity in the second. Maggie Ruckenbrod delivered a one-out double and moved to third when Taner Fowler reached on an error. Hannah Kiyohara's groundout placed runners at second and third with two outs, but Michigan pitcher Haylie Wagner got Morgan Meyer to groundout to end the inning.
Taylor Hasselbach powered a one-out solo home run to increase the Wolverines lead to 2-0 in the second.
Michigan put up a five spot in the fifth to extend the lead to 7-0. Abby Ramirez and Doyle registered back-to-back hits and advanced Sappingfield's sacrifice bunt. Romero was intentionally walked to load the bases for Caitlin Blanchard's two-run double. Sierra Lawrence followed with a three-run homer to make the score 7-0.
The Cardinals got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth when Katie Keller singled and took second on Whitney Arion's groundout. A wild pitch sent Keller to third and she scored on a double by Kelsi Jones to make the score 7-1.
The Wolverines answered in the top of the sixth with back-to-back one-out home runs by Romero and Blanchard to make it a 9-1 game.
Rachel LeCoq (5-5) took the loss, allowing two earned runs on three hits and striking out one in 1.2 innings. Jones was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI while Ruckenbrod was 2 for 2 with a double to lead the Cardinals offensively.
Haylie Wagner (12-0) got the complete game win, giving up one earned run on five hits and striking out three in 6.0 innings. Romero was 1 for 2 with two runs and two RBIs. Doyle was 2 for 4 with two runs.