March 16, 2008
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville softball team lost to No. 9 Michigan 5-2 and Miami 3-2 Sunday in the Louisville Softball Tournament at Ulmer Stadium.
In the game against Michigan, the Cards took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third. Kristi Cunningham reached on a fielder's choice and Melissa Roth was hit by a pitch. Chelsea Bemis registered a two-run double to put Louisville on top.
Michigan got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Teddi Ewing drew a leadoff walk, took second on Molly Bausher's sacrifice bunt and scored on Angela Findlay's RBI hit.
The Wolverines put up a four-spot in the bottom of the fifth when Alessandra Giampaolo drew a two-out walk and Angela Findlay followed with a single. Samantha Findlay was intentionally walked to load the bases. Maggie Viefhaus delivered a two-run single, scoring pinch-runner Megan Gregory and Angela Findlay. Nikki Nemitz's two-run hit sent home Samantha Findlay and Viefhaus to make it 5-2 game.
Jordan Taylor (12-1) picked up the win, allowing two unearned runs with 12 strikeouts. Giampaolo was 3 for 3 with an RBI.
Kristen Wadwell (5-7) took the loss, giving up five earned runs on six hits and striking out two in 4.2 innings. Bemis was 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBI.
In the Miami game, the Cards again jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Melissa Roth led off the game with a single to set up Colby Wherry's first career home run, a two-run shot over left center.
The teams played through the next four innings knotted at two runs each.
The Cardinals had a chance to score in the top of the fourth when Christina Roesel and Brittany York delivered back-to-back singles and Kristi Cunningham walked to load the bases with one out. Miami Starter Shalise Lugo retired the next batter and shortstop Sarah Billstrom made a leaping catch to rob Sarah Totten of a hit squelch the Louisville threat.
The RedHawks pulled ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth. Popson led off with an infield single and took second on Meghan Mawn's sacrifice bunt. Christine Bills' infield hit placed runners on the corners for Sarah Billstrom's RBI single to make it a 3-2 game.
U of L had one final chance to score in the top of the seventh when Totten walked and took second on Chelsea Bemis' sacrifice bunt. Wherry walked to place runners at first and second with one out. Miami reliever Meredith Linch retired the next two batters to end the game.
Linch (4-5) got the win, holding the Cards scoreless and without a hit in 1.1 innings. Miami (6-11) had four hits in the game.
Stanfill (3-3) took the loss, surrendering three earned runs on four hits and striking out seven in six innings. Louisville had seven hits and stranded 10 base runners. Roesel led the Cards offensively with her 2 for 2 performance at the plate.
U of L (10-11) will face Minnesota (17-6) in a doubleheader Monday starting at 2 p.m. at Ulmer Stadium.