Despite battling weather conditions over the weekend the Louisville and Notre Dame softball teams completed their three game series. With the Sunday and Monday games being aired on ESPNU, both teams got great exposure for fans unable to attend the games. The Irish claimed the series 2-1.
Game One: Notre Dame 5, Louisville 4 The Irish scored a pair of runs off of U of L errors in the top of the seventh inning to claim the win. Maryssa Becker took the loss on the mound. Caitlin Ferguson and Nicole Pufahl homered in the game. Four players recorded multiple hits in the loss for the Cards. The loss featured five combined fielding errors between the two teams.
Game Two: Notre Dame 6, Louisville 4 The Cards' rally in the bottom of the seventh fell just short when a line drive to center field halted the tying run on base. Nicole Pufahl went 4-for-4 driving in every run the Cards scored. She homered in the sixth inning. Four fielding errors by the Cards helped Notre Dame score most of their runs. Megan Hensley and Becker traded back-and-forth on the mound, with Becker finishing the game after Hensley got injured.
Game Three: Louisville 7, Notre Dame 4 An extended rain delay after one and a half innings cleared out most of the crowd, and the game concluded about 10:00 p.m. The Cards led 2-0 going into the delay, but the Irish capitalized on the break to even the score. Pufahl homered for the third straight game to regain the lead. The Cards never looked back and held onto a five run lead going into the final inning. With the wet field and wet ball both team's pitchers had difficulty controlling their pitches. Louisville scored three times on wild pitches.
Game Notes: -Nicole Pufahl went 7-for-8 on the series with three home runs. She had seven RBI and scored four times.
-Maryssa Becker is 16-6 on the season
-Megan Hensley was injured while on the mound in game two of the series. A line drive back up the middle hit her in the head. She stayed in the game as a designated player and played the following day.
-Caitlin Ferguson's home run was the first of her career.
-Louisville committed seven fielding errors in the series. They remain in last place in the ACC for defensive fielding percentage.
Louisville's record sits at 21-10 and 5-2 in the ACC. They visit Boston College next weekend before returning home to host Kentucky on Wednesday, April 12.