April 7, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - -
The No. 12/13 University of Louisville softball team scored three runs in the third and held on for a 3-2 win to complete a BIG EAST Conference series sweep of Rutgers (16-20, 5-6 BIG EAST)Saturday afternoon at Ulmer Stadium.
After two scoreless innings, the Cards (332, 7-2) broke through with a three-run third. Sophomore Hannah Kiyohara got things started with a leadoff walk and took second on sophomore Maggie Ruckenbrod's sacrifice bunt and scored on freshman
Whitney Arion's double. Esteban reached on an error and came around to score on sophomore Jordan Trimble's base hit. Sophomore Katie Keller followed with an RBI double to increase the lead to 3-0.
The Scarlet Knights got two runs back in the top of the fourth. Brittney Lindley singled and Jennifer Harabedian walked to set up Alexis Durando's two-run double to make the score 3-2.
Rutgers had another scoring opportunity in the fifth when Kylee Bishop walked and Lundsey Curran singled to place two runners on with no outs, but reliever Chelsea Leonard retired the next three batters to end the inning.
The Cardinals threatened to push another run across in the fifth when Arion connected on a one-out bunt single and moved to third on Trimble's single to place two on with two out, but Rutgers' Alyssa Landrith retired the next batter to end the threat. Another chance to score came in the sixth when junior Alicja Wolny connected on a leadoff single and was lifted for pinch-runner freshman Kirsten Straley who took second on freshman Kayla Soles' groundout and stole third, but a groundout ended the inning.
(15-1) got the win, allowing two earned runs on three hits and striking out one in 4.0 innings. Leonard picked up her seventh save of the season, holding the Scarlet Knights scoreless on two hits and striking out two in 3.0 innings of relief. Trimble was 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI. Arion was 2 for 2 with an RBI.
Landrith (11-7) took the loss, allowing three runs, one earned, on six hits in 6.0 innings. Curran was 2 for 4 to lead the Scarlet Knights at the plate.