Softball Downs UMKC...Falls to Missouri
Louisville Softball has escaped the arctic blast that has enveloped these parts...travelling to Orlando, FL. and participating in the Dot Richardson National Collegiate Softball Invitational.
In case you wondered, Dot Richardson was a key part of the United States national team that won the gold medal during the sport's Olympic debut in 1996 hitting the home run that won the title game. After her win at the Olympics, she continued with her career as an orthopedic surgeon. She's also currently the head coach at Liberty University. Born and raised in Orlando...she's considered one of the greatest softball players of all-time and was a superstar at UCLA.
Missouri 5 - Louisville 1
The Cards faced Missouri...who was opening their 2015
campaign...in the first game of the invitational and fell 5-1 to the Tigers. Mizzou jumped on Louisville and Shelby McCombs early in this one...with two runs in the first inning and three more in the second inning.
The Cards had an excellent opportunity to score in the bottom of the second with bases loaded and one out after Whitney Arion was hit by a pitch, Sydney Benz doubled and Kelsi Jones drew a walk...but a strikeout and groundout got the Tigers out of the inning
Louisville got on the scoreboard in the fourth when Nicole Pufahl singled and came around to score on a Kelsi Jones double. Jones transferred to Louisville from Missouri last season...so a bit of poetic justice there in breaking up Missouri pitcher Toni Finucane's shut out.
Jones had two of Louisville's six hits in the loss. Shelby McCombs takes the loss (2-1) going three innings. Fellow freshman Madi Norman finished it up for UofL...hurling the final four in shutout relief.
Louisville 3 - UMKC 2
The Cards got a two-run homer from Arion and RBI single from Maryssa Becker in the top of the third against Missouri-Kansas City to take a 3-1 lead and held on to win the Cards second game.
Madi Norman (1-3) notched her first win of the season...coming in to relieve starter Becker, who allowed two runs in three innings.
The Cards (3-4) face Florida A&M and Arkansas today.
So far in this early part of the season...the Cards seem to do better against the hyphenated and initial schools...more of those, please... and less Washington's, Minnesota's and Arkansas's
Radio this morning at 11 a.m. on WCHQ 100.9 FM and
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