Cards Come Out Even in ACC/Big 10 Challenge
By Jared Anderson
February 19, 2018
February 19, 2018
Louisville softball began their second weekend of regular season play in Raleigh as a participant of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. They faced Northwestern and #14 Ohio State twice in a span of two and a half days.
The Cards swept Northwestern and were swept by Ohio State. The games against the Wildcats were a double-header on Friday, while the games against the Buckeyes were separated on Saturday and Sunday.
Game One: Louisville 7, Northwestern 6
Megan Hensley (2-1) got the start in the circle and claimed the win. She scattered six hits and three runs over seven innings. Danielle Watson came in for an inning, but struggled after allowing three runs. Hensley came back in to replace her.
Caitlin Ferguson led the way, going 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI's. Alison Szydlowski added a pair of hits. Jenna Jordan's three-run home run helped lift the Cards in the win.
Game Two: Louisville 3, Northwestern 2
The Cards won in walk off fashion on a failed fielder's choice on Jordan's RBI. Jordan and Szydlowski each went 2-for-4 on the game. Jamie Soles and Sidney Melton both contributed an RBI.
Watson (4-0) played the entire game in the circle. She gave up three hits while striking out seven. Louisville did struggle on infield defense and committed four errors.
Game Three: Ohio State 6, Louisville 5
The Buckeyes used a walk-off single in the ninth to claim the win. Hensley started at pitcher and Watson (4-1) closed out the final two innings. The duo only gave up four hits and three walks while striking out 10, but a trio of defensive errors proved costly.
Ferguson had another solid outing, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and scored twice. Hensley homered in the game for two RBI's.
Game Four: Ohio State 4, Louisville 0
Louisville was shut out for just the second time in their young season. They scattered three hits over seven innings. Celene Funke stole two bases during the game.
Watson (4-2) got the call for the start and gave up three hits and one run over four innings. Hensley relived her and gave up three runs on three hits. The pair recorded eight strikeouts.
Louisville moves to 6-3 on the season. They return to Orlando next weekend for the D-9 Citrus Classic 1 Tournament. They will visit Ulmer on March 1st.