LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The No. 7/8 University of Louisville softball team celebrated senior day with a 10-1 win over Georgetown Sunday at Ulmer Stadium. The Cardinals improve to 44-8 and 17-2 in BIG EAST play. The Hoyas drop to 20-30 (9-10).
“I think we made great adjustments and were very focused today,” said U of L head coach Sandy Pearsall. “I couldn’t be prouder of how we swung the bats.”
Louisville pounded out 11 hits, eight of which fell in for extra bases with five doubles and three home runs to clinch the three-game series. Senior Katelyn Mann was 2 for 3 with a double, a home run and two RBIs and senior Jordan Trimble was 2 for 4 with a double, two runs and an RBI.
The Cards took an early 1-0 lead when Jordan Trimble led off the bottom of the first with a single and scored on Maggie Ruckenbrod’s two-out double.
Taner Fowler led off the second with her ninth home run of the season, a shot over left center field. One out later, Hannah Kiyohara beat the throw on infield single and came around to score on Trimble’s double to increase the lead to 3-0. Katelyn Mann followed with a blast over the centerfield fence for her third home run of the season to make the score 5-0.
Louisville used five hits, including a home run from Whitney Arion and doubles from Chrisanna Roberts, Kiyohara and Mann to tack on five more runs in the fourth. Mann got the inning started with a double, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Alicja Wolny’s groundout. Ruckenbrod walked to set Arion’s two-run homer. Fowler reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a double by Roberts. Kiyohara’s double plated Roberts to increase the lead to 10-0.
Georgetown got on the scoreboard in the fifth when Elyse Graziano reached on a fielder’s choice and came around to score on Shikara Lowe’s RBI single to make the score 10-1.
Rachel LeCoq (19-4) got the win, holding the Hoyas scoreless on three hits and striking out five in 4.0 innings. Caralisa Connell surrendered one run on two hits and struck out one in the fifth inning. Fowler was 1 for 2 with two runs and one RBI. Kiyohara was 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI.
Lauren O’Leary (13-14) took the loss, giving up five earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts in 2.0 innings.
NOTE: The class of 2013 is the most successful in program history. They have won 177 games and helped the Cardinals to a BIG EAST regular season and tournament title and two runner-up finishes and three NCAA appearances - including an overall No. 15 seed in 2012. They helped the team set records for wins in a season (55 in 2012), appeared as high as No. 7 in the nation rankings (2012 and 2013), and registered the program’s first win over a top-ranked team when they beat No. 1 Oklahoma in Norman earlier this season .