Raleigh, N.C.- Playing for the right to face Florida State in the ACC championship Louisville and Notre Dame competed in a hard fought battle. In the end, the Cards fell 4-2. Having been Friday the 13th did not slow down the Irish, who scored three runs in the first inning.
After allowing three runs in the first inning, pitcher Megan Hensley was replaced by Maryssa Becker. Besides Notre Dame’s hot bats early in the game UofL also committed multiple turnovers to help set up the runs. A couple throw downs to second base to catch runners stealing resulted in balls rolling into the outfield, as well as a couple of ground balls rolling off the gloves of the defense.
Louisville had ample opportunities to score throughout the game. There were multiple times the Cards had the bases loaded, but failed to convert. There were an abundance of bases runners left stranded. The number of bases runners left on base was in the double-digits.
Notre Dame’s pitcher struggled to find the strike zone at times, helping the Cards walk numerous times. UofL actually outhit Notre Dame 9-8, but could not capitalize. The offense was highlighted by Becker’s solo homerun in the bottom of the first inning. In the sixth inning Brittany Sims scored on a single by Jordan McNary.
The loss drops the Cards to 35-15 on the season. However, they are expected to receive an invitation to the NCAA tournament as an at-large bid. The closest expected regional would be in Lexington, Ky. The NCAA selection ceremony is scheduled for this weekend.