April 21, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Senior Jordan Trimble was 3 for 3 with three RBIs to help lead the No. 8 University of Louisville softball team to an 8-1 win over host Villanova. The Cardinals (42-6) completed a three-game sweep and improved to 15-1 in BIG EAST play.
"Our team has struggled lately offensively, but today, we were able to be aggressive and make adjustments," said U of L head coach Sandy Pearsall. "I've been pleased with our defense and today our pitchers were able to work together to help us."
The teams played through three scoreless innings before the Cards used three hits and an error to put up a five spot in the fourth. Whitney Arion led off the frame with a walk and was safe on an error at second when Hannah Kiyohara reached on a fielder's choice. Kayla Soles singled to bring Arion home and put the Cards on the scoreboard. Katelyn Mann was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Katie Keller's two-run single. Jordan Trimble's base hit brought Mann and Keller home to give Louisville a 5-0 lead.
The Wildcats (15-25, 2-14) got on the scoreboard in the fifth when Julie Smith delivered a leadoff single and moved to third on Aleshia Ayers' double. Amanda Marquez was hit by a pitch to load the bases and a wild pitch sent pinch-runner Erin Samoy-Alvarado home. Ali Lowe's infield single loaded the bases, but reliever Rachel LeCoq got Valerie Ortega to line out to shortstop Whitney Arion who teamed with third baseman Katelyn Mann for an inning-ending double play.
Louisville added three more runs in the sixth. Mann and Keller registered back-to-back singles and Trimble followed with an RBI double. Alicja Wolny's
two run single plated Keller and Trimble to put the Cards up 8-1.
Caralisa Connell (25-2) got the win, allowing one earned run on four hits and striking out one in 4.1 innings. LeCoq surrendered only one hit and struck out three en route to her third save of the season. Keller was 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs. Wolny was 1 for 4 with two RBIs. Mann was 1 for 3 with two runs
Kate Poppe ((15-18) took the loss, allowing five earned runs on five hits and striking out four in 3.1 innings. Lowe was 2 for 3 to lead the Wildcats at the plate.
NOTES: The Cardinals extended their win streak to a season-high 15 games
- With the win, Louisville has secured a spot in the BIG EAST Championship