Softball Takes Rubber Match, Claims
Series Against NC State
April 1, 2018
April 1, 2018
Looking to get back up on their feet after a recent stumble, Louisville softball hosted NC State at Ulmer Stadium. Due to Easter Sunday, the series involved a double header on Friday and a sole game on Saturday. UofL won their second conference series in a row.
Game One: Louisville 4, NC State 2
After the Wolfpack took an early lead in the first on a home run Louisville dominated the rest of the way. Despite having only six hits on the day, the Cards took advantage of a pair of errors to get runners on base and bring them around. Sidney Melton went 2-for-2 at the plate. Jenna Jordan and Megan Hensley each recorded a double.
Hensley (9-4) pitched a full game to claim the win. She struck out five while giving up two hits.
Game Two: NC State 6, Louisville 1
After a short intermission the two teams took the field for their second game of the day. NC State tallied 11 hits, including two home runs, to triple their run total from the first game.
Maddy Newman led the Cardinals offense with two hits. The Cards managed five hits on the game. Caitlin Ferguson's RBI brought in the only Louisville run of the game in the fifth.
Danielle Watson started in the circle before being relieved by Paige Schindler mid-fifth inning. The duo surrendered 11 hits and four walks while striking out five. Watson (13-7) took the loss.
Game Three: Louisville 7, NC State 0
On Saturday's rubber match, the Cards were one run shy of a mercy rule. The bats were hot with 15 hits, including several multi-base hits. Melton went 3-for-4 and scored three times plus one RBI. Hensley went 3-for-3 and scored twice and one RBI. Celene Funke also went 3-for-3 while recording one RBI and scored once. Kyra Snyder had a pair of hits and Ferguson powered the offense with two RBI.
Hensley pitched a second full game in as many days striking out seven, while surrendering four hits and two walks while keeping the scoreboard clean. Hensley (10-4) took another win to improve her record to double-digit wins.
With the series win Louisville improves to 24-11 on the season and sits at 4-5 in the ACC. They visit Kentucky on Wednesday night before returning home to host Virginia next weekend.