April 14, 2012
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - -
Senior Tori Collins tossed her first career no-hitter and junior Alicja Wolny went 4 for 6 with six RBIs on the day as No. 12/12 University of Louisville softball team swept Longwood 8-0 and 7-1 Saturday at Ulmer Stadium.
"I was pleased with how we played today," said head coach Sandy Pearsall. "I thought we did a great job offensively and defensively, pitchers came out and threw strong games. We were looking for consistency and that's what we saw today."
Louisville 8 - Longwood 0 (5 innings)
In game one, senior Tori Collins gave up only one walk and struck out eight en route to her first career no-hitter. Every batter in the Cards lineup had at least one hit as Louisville cruised to an 8-0 win.
The Cards jumped to a 3-0 lead. Junior Jennifer Esteban and sophomore Katie Keller delivered one-out back-to-back singles and junior Alicja Wolny was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Sophomore Taner Fowler and Jordan Trimble followed with RBI singles to bring Esteban and Keller home. Sophomore Hannah Kiyohara drew a bases-loaded walk to plate Keller and give Louisville a 3-0 lead.
Louisville added a pair of runs in the second. Esteban connected on a one-out base hit and took third on Keller's double. Both runners scored on Wolny's single to make the score 5-0.
The third inning brought another run for the Cards. Freshman Kayla Soles led off with a single and hits by freshman Whitney Arion and senior Kristin Austin loaded the bases for Esteban's sacrifice fly to increase the lead to 6-0.
The Cardinals used two doubles and a triple to cap the scoring in the bottom of the fifth. Soles delivered a leadoff double and came around to score on Kiyohara's triple. Arion followed with a double for the 8-0 victory.
Esteban was 2 for 2 with two runs and an RBI. Keller and Soles were each 2 for 3 with a double and two runs. Kiyohara was 1 for 2 with a triple, 2 RBIs and one run. Fowler was 2 for 3.
Collins improved to 17-1 on the season and issued a walk in the second to Longwood's Jordan Cox to account for the Lancers' lone base-runner.
Ashley Cornell (10-7) took the loss, allowing eight earned runs on 14 hits in 4.0 innings.
Louisville 7 - Longwood 1
In game two, Wolny was 3 for 4 with a double, four RBIs and two runs and Fowler was 3 for 3 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Cards to a 7-1 win.
Louisville took an early 2-0 lead in the first. Austin delivered a leadoff single and Esteban followed with a walk. Wolny connected on a two-run hit to put the Cards on the scoreboard.
The Cards put up a four-spot in the second to increase the lead to 6-0. Kiyohara drew a leadoff walk and took second on Arion's sacrifice bunt , moved to third on Austin's infield single and was safe on a play at the plate when Esteban reached on a fielder's choice. Wolny's two-run brought Austin and Esteban home. Fowler followed with an RBI single.
Longwood got on the scoreboard in the top of the third. Kori Nishitomi singled and Megan Baltzell walked to set up Brooke Short's RBI hit.
Louisville got the run back in the bottom of the fourth when Wolny registered a two-out single and came around to score on Fowler's double to make the score 7-1.
Sophomore Caralisa Connell (13-1) got the win allowing one earned run on two hits and striking out four in 4.0 innings. Sophomore Chelsea Leonard did not allow a run and fanned three while picking up her eighth save of the season. Austin was 3 for 4 with two runs.
Libby Morris (10-10) took the loss, allowing seven runs, six earned, on nine hits and striking out one in 6.0 innings. Nishitomi led the Lancers offensively with a 3 for 4, one run performance at the plate.
Louisville (37-2) and Longwood (26-20) will wrap up the series Sunday at noon in the Cards' Pink Game.