QUEENS, N.Y. – Junior Rachel LeCoq tossed a two-hit shutout while senior Alicja Wolny and sophomore Whitney Arion had three RBIs apiece to help the No. 11 University of Louisville softball team to an 8-0 win over St. John’s. The Cardinals improve to 32-6 and 5-1 in BIG EAST play while St. John’s drops to 9-28-1 (3-8).
“We got another great outing from Rachel LeCoq and backed her up by hitting the ball well and capitalizing on mistakes,” said U of L head coach Sandy Pearsall. “I think what we’re seeing right now is our ability to make good adjustments both offensively and defensively.”
After one scoreless inning, the Cards used a three-run homer by Whitney Arion and a two-run single by Alicja Wolny to take a 5-0 lead in the second. Kiyohara drew a leadoff walk and Kayla Soles singled to set up Arion’s shot over left centerfield for her fourth home run of the season. Jasmine Smithson-Willett walked and Katie
Keller reached on a two-base error to put runners on for Wolny who laced a ball down the left field line, making the score 5-0.
Louisville tacked on three more runs in the fourth. Smithson-Willett got the inning started with a single and moved to third on Katie Keller’s double. Jordan Trimble reached on an infield hit and an error sent Smithson-Willett home. Wolny’s sacrifice fly to deep centerfield plated Keller and Trimble came home on Maggie Ruckenbrod’s groundout to increase the lead to 8-0.
LeCoq (12-4) picked up her second straight shutout, allowing two hits in 5.0 innings of play. Wolny was 1 for 2 with three RBIs and Arion was 1 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs. Smithson-Willett finished the game batting 1 for 1 with a walk and two runs.
Ashley Beza (5-8) took the loss, giving up four earned runs on three hits in one inning. Chrissy Montez and Dominique Marcelina recorded hits for the Red Storm.
The Cardinals will travel to Providence for a BIG EAST doubleheader on Tuesday, April 9.