April 29, 2012
Coach Pearsall on the win on senior day
The senior class of 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
The ninth-ranked University of Louisville softball team celebrated senior day with a 3-0 win over Georgetown to complete a three-game series sweep and wrap up the 2012 home season with a perfect 25-0 record. The Cards move to 47-2 on the season and 17-2 in BIG EAST play while the Hoyas drop to 19-32 (3-15).
"I'm so happy that we were able to send our seniors out with a win today," said U of L head coach Sandy Pearsall. "They have been a great part of our success over the years and I couldn't be happier for them and the tremendous season we've had so far."
Senior Tori Collins (23-1) struck out five and scattered two hits in 5.0 innings to get the win and sophomore Chelsea picked up her ninth save of the season allowing only one hit and striking out two in 2.0 innings of relief.
The teams played through two scoreless innings before the Cards broke through with a run in the third. Sophomore Katie Keller connected on a two-out single and junior Alicja Wolny followed with an RBI triple to give Louisville a 1-0 lead.
U of L added another run in the fifth when freshman Whitney Arion delivered a leadoff hit and came around to score after an error on junior Jennifer Esteban's infield single.
The final run of the game came in the sixth when sophomore Maggie Ruckenbrod singled and was lifted for pinch-runner freshman Kirsten Straley who took second on junior Katelyn Mann's groundout and stole third. Sophomore Taner Fowler's RBI single plated Straley to complete the 3-0 win.
The Hoyas had an early scoring opportunity in the first when Taylor Koenig reached on a fielder's choice and Shikara Lowe walked. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Collins got Macensey Carter to hit into a fielder's choice to freshman third baseman Kayla Soles who fielded the ball and teamed with catcher Maggie Ruckenbrod to tag Koenig out at the plate for the second out of the inning. Collins dealt a strikeout to end the threat.
Esteban led the Cardinals with a 2 for 3 showing at the plate and one stolen base. Fowler was 1 for 1 with an RBI. Keller and Arion each went 1 for 3 with a run.
Carter (4-11) took the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits and striking out three in 6.0 innings.
U of L is back in action when they travel to Knoxville to face No. 6/7 Tennessee on Wednesday, May 2. The Cards will wrap up the regular season with a three-game series at St. John's May 5-6.