April 27, 2014
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville softball team overcame a 3-0 deficit to beat Temple 11-3 and sweep an American Athletic Conference series on senior day Sunday afternoon at Ulmer Stadium. The Cardinals improve to 31-18 and 12-6 in league play.
"I was very impressed with Temple with the way they came out today, especially in the face of a difficult year," said UofL head coach Sandy Pearsall. "I thought our team did a great job of responding and staying calm and in control when Temple took the early lead. Taner Fowler had a great day, as did all of our seniors this weekend."
Senior Taner Fowler was 3 for 3 with two RBI while senior Caralisa Connell and freshman Maryssa Becker struck out four batters apiece to help lead the Cardinals on the day.
Temple (15-25, 5-10) jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first when hits by Sarah Prezioso and Kaylyn Zierke put runners on for Kelsey Dominik's three-run homer.
Louisville got a run back in the home half of the inning when Kelsi Jones led off with a double, took third on Whitney Arion's groundout and crossed the plate on Brittany Duncan's sacrifice fly.
The Cards used five hits and an error to put up a five-spot in the fourth. Duncan got the inning started with a single and was lifted for pinch-runner Morgan Meyer. Kayla Soles was safe on a bunt single and Maryssa Becker was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A wild pitch moved the runners, sending Meyer home to cut the lead to one run. Taner Fowler's RBI single tied the game. An error on Fowler's stolen base sent Becker home and Fowler to third. Kiyohara followed with an infield single and stole second to place runners at second and third for Becker's third home run of the season increased the lead to 8-3 in the fifth. Duncan drew a leadoff walk, and one out later, Becker sent the the first pitch of her at bat over the left field fence.
Jones led off the sixth with her team-best ninth home run of the season. Jordan McNary and Kristina Dillard each had hits to place runners on for back-to-back RBI singles by Autumn McDuffie and Fowler to give the Cardinals the 11-3 win.
Caralisa Connell (9-5) got the win, allowing three earned runs on six hits and striking out four in 4.0 innings. Becker picked up her fourth save of the season, allowing only one hit and then retiring the next six batters she faced to end the game. She also went 1 for 2 with a two-run homer. Jones was 2 for 4 with two runs and an RBI and Arion was 1 for 3 with two RBIs.
Jessica Mahoney (2-8) took the loss, allowing eight runs, seven earned, on eight hits and striking out one in 4.1 innings. Dominik was 1 for 2 with a home run and three RBIs while Brooklin White was 2 for 2.
The Cardinals are back in action on April 30 when they play host to No. 9/10 Kentucky Wednesday at 6 p.m.