IRISH TAKE CARDS 9-1
Louisville Softball couldn't find the bats Sunday against Notre Dame, falling 9-1 to end the regular season and conference schedule.
Louisville started the contest encouragingly, jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Korbe Otis drew a walk, was advanced by a Taylor Roby single and reached home on a Dylann Cravens single.
Notre Dame countered, though, touching the Cards for six runs on five hits and chasing Roby from the circle in the bottom of the second. The Cards were unable to get any more runs on the board the rest of the way, while the Irish added a score in the third and the game-ending final two runs of the contest in the bottom of the sixth. Taja Felder finished the game in the circle for the Cards and allowed four hits in her four innings of work.
Louisville managed just three hits against N.D. hurler Shannon Becker, Carmyn Greenwood adding the other hit besides Roby and Cravens.
So, the Cards end the season with a 27-24 record overall and 10-14 in the ACC. They now go into the ACC Tournament as the #8 seed and will open their Tournament run on Wednesday, when they face #9 seed Syracuse at 1 p.m. The Cards did sweep the Orange when they faced in mid-April at Ulmer Stadium...8-0, 4-1 and 3-2.
ACC SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
And, now, it's time for the "second" season.
As mentioned above, Louisville opens play in the ACC Tournament Wednesday against the Orange in Pittsburgh. A 1 p.m. first pitch. The second game of the day features #7 seed Georgia Tech vs. #10 seed N.C. State....at approximately 3:30 p.m.
If the Cards get by Syracuse, they'd face #1 seed Virginia Tech on Thursday at 11 a.m.
All of the 2022 ACC Tournament games will be shown on the ACC Tournament except for Sunday's finals...which will be shown on ESPN2.
Other games on Thursday:
#4 Notre Dame vs. #5 Clemson -- 1:30 p.m.
#2 Duke vs winner of Georgia Tech/N.C. State -- 5 p.m.
#3 Florida St. vs. #6 Virginia -- 7:30 p.m.
This time of year, it's win or go home. Let's hope our Softball Cards can put a five-game win streak together to get them the ACC Tournament title.
Someone once said: "It's hard to talk about a two or three game win streak until you win that first one." Time to get a win, Louisville.