Caralisa Connell delivered a career-high 10 strikeouts in the 9-3 win over Seton Hall
April 3, 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - - Katie Keller went 3-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs and Caralisa Connell dealt a career-high 10 strikeouts as the University of Louisville softball team downed Seton Hall 9-3 Sunday afternoon at Ulmer Stadium to complete the three-game series sweep. The Cards improved to 26-10 (5-1 BIG EAST) while the Pirates fall to 12-19 (0-6).
"I was happy with the way we came out and played aggressively today," said U of L head coach Sandy Pearsall. "Caralisa Connell continues to pitch well for us and has been a workhorse in the circle. We had some great offensive performances. Hopefully we can build on the momentum as we continue BIG EAST play."
The game featured a pitcher's duel through two innings before Jennifer Esteban connected on a two-out triple the bottom of the third for the first hit of the game. Keller followed with an RBI single to give the Cards a 1-0 lead. Chelsea Bemis' double plated Keller to increase the lead to 2-0.
Keller's three-run homer highlighted a five-run fourth inning for the Cards. Kristin Austin started the inning with a walk and stole second. Hannah Kiyohara's infield single placed runners on the corners for Esteban's RBI single. Keller followed with her second home run in as many days, a three-run shot that cleared the left field fence, to increase the lead to 6-0. Bemis registered her second double of the game and scored on Colby Wherry's base hit to make the score 7-0.
Seton Hall got three runs back in the fifth. Brittany Schillizzi and Jamie Gates drew back-to-back walks and Maria Muoio's single loaded the bases for Nalin Bennett's two-run double. Michelle Reed singled up the middle to plate another run for Seton Hall before a strikeout by Connell ended the inning.
Louisville tacked on two more runs in the sixth when Esteban delivered a leadoff single, stole second and scored on Keller's base hit. Wolny followed with an RBI double to give the Cards a 9-3 lead.
Connell (13-4) got the win for her seventh straight victory. The freshman did not allow a run or a walk and scattered two hits while striking out 10 in 7.0 innings. Freshman Katie Petrino allowed three earned runs on two hits. Esteban finished 3-for-4 with a triple, three runs and a stolen base. Bemis went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run and an RBI.
Hannah Hill (5-11) took the loss, giving up nine earned runs on 11 hits and striking out two in 5.0 innings of work. Reed led the Pirates offensively, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
NOTE: Today was the Cardinals' Pink Game to raise money for breast cancer research. Raffles during the game brought in $250 and the team's black and pink jerseys will be auctioned on uoflsports.com. All proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research.