March 20, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Sophomore shortstop Whitney Arion had two homers and all four RBI to lead the No. 11/11 University of Louisville softball team to a 4-1 win over Indiana Wednesday evening in Ulmer Stadium.
The Cardinals (25-4) scored four runs on nine hits, including the two homers by Arion and a double by Taner Fowler.
"Today I thought we played better as a team than the last few games," said U of L head coach Sandy Pearsall. "Caralisa threw a great game and our defense did a great job making the plays to get the job done Whitney Arion was our spark tonight."
The Hoosiers (15-14) jumped to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Caralisa Connell struck out the first two batters before Amanda Wagner took a two-out shot over the left field fence.
The Cards answered in the third when Whitney Arion connected on a leadoff shot over the centerfield fence for her second homer of the season.
Louisville pulled ahead 4-1 in the fourth when Kayla Soles and Taner Fowler delivered back-to-back one-out singles and Arion blasted her second home run of the game - this time over the right field fence.
Indiana threatened to score in the sixth when Jenna Abraham drew a one-out walk and reached second and moved to third on an error on Wagner's fielder's choice. Abraham attempted to score on Shannon Cawley's bunt, but catcher Maggie Ruckenbrod fielded the ball and tagged her at the plate for the second out of the inning. Kassi Farmer's infield single loaded the bases, but Connell retired the next batter on a groundout to get out of the jam.
The Cardinals had another opportunity to push more runs across in the sixth when Soles led off with a single and moved to third on a double by Fowler. Two outs later, Keller walked to load the bases, but IU reliever Brooke Boetjer got a groundout to end the inning.
In the seventh, Meaghan Murphy drew a one, out walk, but the Cards turned a double play to end the game.
Connell (15-2) allowed one earned run and struck out nine while scattering three hits in 7.0 innings. Arion finished the game batting 2 for 3 with two home runs and four RBIs. Fowler was 2 for 3 with a doubles and a run while Soles was also 2 for 3 with run. The win marks Associate Head Coach Carol Bruggeman's 700th career victory. It also wrapped up a 10-game home stand in which the Cards went 9-1.
Lora Olson (6-5) took the loss, allowing four earned runs on seven hits and striking out one in 5.0 innings of work. Farmer went 2 for 3 at the plate while Wagner finished 1 for 3 with one RBI.
The Cardinals are back in action this weekend when they travel to top-ranked Oklahoma for a three-game series.