May 17, 2014
TUSCON, Ariz. - The University of Louisville softball team fell 8-3 to Boston University in an elimination game Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals end the season with a 36-22 overall record.
"Credit to Boston, they came to play today and took advantage of our mistakes," said UofL head coach Sandy Pearsall. "We got back on our heels early and couldn't recover, although we certainly had our chances."
Boston (36-20) jumped to a 5-0 lead in the first when Brittany Younan and Brittany Clendenny delivered back-to-back one-out singles and scored on a hit by Chelsea Kehr. Mandy Fernandez followed with a single to set up Gabi Martinez's two-run homer.
The Cardinals wasted no time getting a run back in the home half of the first when Katie Keller led off with her seventh home run of the season to put Louisville on the scoreboard.
Louisville had a scoring opportunity in the second when Taner Fowler delivered a one-out double and moved to third when Arion beat the throw for a bunt single. Keller walked to load the bases with two outs, but a groundout ended the threat.
BU added a pair of runs in the fourth. Jayme Mask led off with a single and moved to third when Brittany Younan reached on an error. Clendenny's fielder's choice saw Mask cross the plate. An RBI single by Fernandez brought Younan home to make the score 7-1.
The Cardinals added a pair of runs in the sixth when Maggie Ruckenbrod reached on a fielder's choice and Taner Fowler followed with a hit. Morgan Meyer entered to run for Ruckenbrod and came around to score on Arion's RBI single.
The Terriers got a run back when Gabi Martinez led off the seventh with a home run to make it an 8-3 game.
UofL had a final chance to push runs across in the bottom of the seventh when Kayla Soles singled and was safe at second on an error when Hannah Kiyohara reached on a fielder's choice. Fowler connected on her third hit of the game to load the bases with two outs, but a fly out ended the game.
Rachel LeCoq (13-9) took the loss, allowing five earned runs on five hits in the first inning. Maryssa Becker gave up two unearned runs on three hits and struck out seven in 4.2 innings of relief. Caralisa Connell surrendered one earned run on one hit and struck out two in the final two innings.
Katie Keller went 3 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs and Taner Fowler and Whitney Arion had three hits apiece, but the Cardinals stranded 11 runners in their final game of the season.
Melanie Russell (13-4) picked up the complete game win, allowing three earned runs and striking out one. Fernancea was 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI while Felbaum was 1 for 3 with three RBIs to lead the Terriers at the plate.