LOUISVILLE, Ky. –The University of Louisville softball team defeated Bellarmine 8-0 and Eastern Kentucky 8-1 in the first two scrimmages of the fall season.
Junior transfer Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Valparaiso) went 4 or 6 with a home run, and five RBIs to help lead the Cardinal offense while senior Katie Keller (Livermore, Calif.) went 2 for 3 with three walks and two RBIs. Senior Hannah Kiyohara (Auburn, Wash.) scored four runs and went 3 for 7 at the plate.
Louisville 8 – Bellarmine 0
Brittany Duncan was 2 for 2 with a run, Kristina Dillard was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and Hannah Kiyohara was 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs while Caralisa Connell and Tiarra Sanabria combined on a three hit shutout as the Cardinals defeated host Bellarmine 8-0.
After three scoreless innings of play, the Cards broke through with two runs in the fourth. Kiyohara reached on a bunt single and Duncan followed with a base hit to place runners on the corners for freshman Kristina Dillard’s (Annapolis, Md.) RBI single. Duncan came around to score on freshman Rachel Houck’s (Greenfield, Ind.) base hit.
The Cards put up a four-spot in the fifth. Jordan McNary (Madisonville, Ky.) led off the frame with a single and took second when Keller reached on an error. Another miscue sent McNary home when senior Taner Fowler (Morganfield, Ky.) reached on a fielder’s choice. Kiyohara followed with a two-run double and came home on Dillard’s base hit to make the score 6-0.
Louisville tacked on a pair of runs in the seventh when Fowler reached on an error to set up freshman Tiarra Sanabria’s (Williamstown, N.J.) two-run homer.
Caralisa Connell (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) got the win, allowing two hits and striking out eight 4.0 innings of work. Sanabria gave up one hit and struck out three in 3.0 innings of relief.
Louisville 8 – Eastern Kentucky 1
In Louisville’s second game of the day, Keller was 2 for 2 with two runs and two RBIs while Duncan went 2 for 4 with five RBIs and two runs to lead the Cards to an 8-1 win over the Colonels.
The Cardinals jumped to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. McNary led off the team with a walk and beat the throw to second when Kiyohara reached on a fielder’s choice. Keller stepped up to the plate and delivered an RBI double to put Louisville on the scoreboard. Duncan’s two-run double increased the lead to 3-0 and Fowler’s single plated Duncan to make the score 4-0.
The second inning brought four more runs for the Cards. Junior Whitney Arion (Delphi, Ind.) drew a leadoff walk and took second on McNary’s sacrifice bunt. Kiyohara’s base hit placed runners on first and third for Keller’s RBI single. Duncan powered a shot over the centerfield fence to give Louisville an 8-0 lead.
EKU got a run back in the bottom of the fourth when Katie Tackett delivered a one-out single and took second on an error. Pinch runner Haley Schenasi moved to third on Christina Ciolek’s groundout and crossed the plate on a single by Shannon McQueen to make the score 8-1.
The Colonels threatened to push another run across in the sixth when Tackett reached on a one-out error. Schenasi entered the game as a pinch runner and moved to third on Ciolek’s single. A double steal attempt resulted senior catcher Maggie Ruckenbrod combining with shortstop Whitney Arion and first baseman Tiarra Sanabria to tag Schenasi out at the plate and hold EKU to one run in the game.
Senior Rachel LeCoq (Gonzales, La.) surrendered one unearned run and scattered three hits in 4.0 innings. Freshman Maryssa Becker (Medford, Ore.) allowed one hit and struck out three in 3.0 innings of relief.
The Cardinals will continue fall play with another scrimmage against host Bellarmine on Sunday at 11 a.m. and Tennessee State at 1 p.m.