LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The eighth-ranked University of Louisville softball team defeated Pittsburgh 8-5 and 15-0 in a BIG EAST doubleheader Wednesday at Ulmer Stadium. The Cardinals improve to 39-6 (12-1 BIG EAST) while the Panthers drop to 16-24 (5-9).
Louisville 8 – Pitt 5
Taner Fowler’s two-run home run and Whitney Arion’s two-run double sparked Louisville’s eight-run fourth inning in the Cards’ 8-5 win over Pittsburgh.
The teams played through two scoreless innings before Pittsburgh broke through with a run in the third. Tori Nirschl delivered a one-out double around to score on Holly Steven’s RBI single.
The Panthers added another run in the fourth when walks issued to Carly Thea, Kathryn Duran and Kaila Balatgek loaded the bases for Nirschl’s two-out single which plated Thea.
Down 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Louisville used eight hits to score eight runs. Jordan Trimble registered the Cards' first hit of the game with a leadoff single, but Alicja Wolny's fielder's choice saw her out at second. Maggie Ruckenbrod's base hit put two runners on for Whitney Arion's two-run double which tied the game at 2-2. One out later, Hannah Kiyohara's single brought Arion home to put the Cards on top 3-2. Taner Fowler took an 0-2 pitch over the left field fence for her seventh home run of the season to make the score 5-2. Jasmine Smithson-Willett walked and came home on Katie Keller's RBI single and Keller scored on a hit by Wolny. Trimble added a single and eventually came around to score on an error.
Pittsburgh added a pair of runs in the sixth behind Jordan Fannin’s two-run double. Balatgek and Nirschl drew back-to-back two-out walks to set up Fannin who made the score 8-4.
The Panthers cut the lead to three runs in the top of the seventh when Carissa Throckmorton drew a leadoff walk, moved to third on Taylor Henry’s base hit and came home when Thea reached on a fielder’s choice for the 8-5 final.
Caralisa Connell (24-2) got the win, giving up five earned runs on seven hits and striking out seven in 7.0 innings. Ruckenbrod and Trimble each had two hits to pace the Cards offensively.
Savannah King (8-13) took the loss, allowing six earned runs on six hits and striking out two in 4.2 innings. Nirschl was 2 for 3 with two runs and an RBI while Fannin was 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
Louisville 15 – Pitt 0 (five innings)
In game two, Alicja Wolny was 4 for 4 with six RBI and Jordan Trimble was 4 for 4 with four runs to back Rachel LeCoq’s seventh shutout of the season as the Cards completed the doubleheader sweep with a 15-0 win.
Louisville got on the scoreboard early with a run in the first inning. Trimble and Wolny delivered back-to-back one-out singles and Maggie Ruckenbrod walked to load the bases for Arion, who drew another walk to bring Trimble home.
The Cardinals added a four-spot in the second inning. Katelyn Mann crushed a two-out shot over left center field for her second home run of the season to increase the lead to 2-0. Keller followed with a single and Trimble doubled to place to runners on for Wolny’s two run double. Maggie Ruckenbrod followed with an RBI single to bring Wolny home and make the score 5-0.
The fourth inning brought 10 more runs on 10 hits including a two-run double by Mann and a three-run home run by Wolny. Wolny and Arion also added RBI doubles while Ruckenbrod and Brittany Sims chipped in with RBI singles and Ally Vaughn drove in a run to make the score 15-0.
LeCoq (15-4) got the win, scattering two hits and striking out four in 5.0 innings. Wolny was 4 for 4 with two doubles and a home run and had a career-high six RBIs. Trimble also had a career-best day, going 4 for 4 with four runs. Ruckenbrod was 3 for 3 with a run and two RBIs while Mann was 2 for 2 with a home run, a double and a career-high three RBIs.
Alexa Larkin (7-11) took the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits and striking out one in 1.2 innings of work. Tori Nirschl and Carissa Throckmorton accounted for the Panther’s two hits.
- Ruckenbrod was 5 for 6 with two walks, two runs and two RBIs on the day. Trimble was 6 for 8 with five runs and Wolny was 5 for 8 with seven RBIs and four runs in the doubleheader.
- Louisville extended its win streak to a season-high 12 games
- The 15-0 win marks the fourth time in the last nine games that the Cards have scored 15 or more runs.
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