March 25, 2012
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Coach Pearsall on the 2-1 win over Pittsburgh
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Sophomore Jordan Trimble's two-run double in the sixth erased a 1-0 deficit and lifted the No. 13/14 University of Louisville softball team to a 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh to complete a three-game sweep in their BIG EAST Conference opening weekend Sunday at Ulmer Stadium. The Cards move to 27-0 and 3-0 in league play while Pitt drops to 15-12 (0-3).
Pittsburgh had an early scoring opportunity in the second when back-to-back hits from Carissa Throckmorton and Savannah King put two runners on for Yvette Bravo who sent a single to left field. Jennifer Esteban scooped up the ball and fired a strike to third baseman Katelyn Mann who relayed a throw to Maggie Ruckenbrod to tag Throckmorton at the plate for the first out of the inning. Cardinal starting pitcher Caralisa Connell delivered a strikeout and got a groundout to end the frame.
The teams played through five scoreless innings before Pitt broke through and took a 1-0 lead in the sixth. Holly Stevens opened the inning with a single, took second on Throckmorton's sacrifice bunt and crossed the plate on Bravo's double.
Louisville answered in the home half of the sixth inning. Katie Keller connected on a leadoff single and moved to second when Taner Fowler reached on an error. Alicja Wolny walked to load the bases for Trimble's two-run double to give Louisville a 2-1 lead.
Tori Collins took the circle in the top of the seventh and retired the first two batters before hitting Maggie Sevilla with a pitch to place the tying run on first. Collins dealt a strikeout to end the game.
Chelsea Leonard (6-0) got the win, allowing one earned run on two hits and striking out one in 3.2 innings of relief. Trimble was 1 for 3 with a double and two RBIs and Keller went 1 for 2 with a run to lead the Cards at the plate.
King (11-7) took the loss, surrendering two runs, one earned, on five hits and striking out one in 5.0 innings. Bravo was 2 for 3 with an RBI to pace the Panthers offensively.
The Cardinals are back in action on Wednesday, March 28 when the take on in-state rival Kentucky in Lexington.