We love to report the joy and excitement of Louisville women's athletics, but unfortunately we saw at least one Louisville team's season come to a close yesterday with another team's season hanging on by a thread following a loss.
Offense Goes Silent in ACC Tournament Loss
Irony struck yesterday as Louisville softball, a team known to produce runs at all at times throughout the year, was held scoreless and recorded just one hit in a 2-0 loss to 9-seed Syracuse.
The lone Louisville hit came from Jenna Servi in the bottom of the sixth inning. She would never advance past first in the inning. Hannah File reached base in the second inning on a throwing error, but would remain stranded at first.
With a 2-0 deficit and down to their final three outs, Taylor Roby reached safely on a field error to start the bottom part of the final inning. Her pinch runner, Mia Forsythe, would advance to second following a Kendall Smith walk. Sidney Bickel would go into run for Smith. With a pair of runners on with no outs, it appeared a Louisville miracle might happen. Sadly, a fly ball to right field would advance Forsythe to third, but a strike out and a ground out would end any chances of a rally.
Syracuse's damage came in the third inning with two outs. A well-placed bunt towards third base would place the final batter in the lineup on first. She would safely steal second before ending her trip around the bases on a home run ball to dead center by the Orange's leadoff batter.
Roby pitched a full game in the circle for Louisville, allowing two runs on four hits in 27 batters faced. She would suffer her 11th loss of the season to fall to 15-11.
For Louisville, an early exit from the ACC Tournament and a 27-25 record could be enough to end any hopes of hearing their name called this weekend for the NCAA Tournament. The Cards were already listed as a bubble team going into the ACC Tournament and their stock went south following the loss.
The NCAA Selection Show is Sunday at 7:00p.m. ET on ESPN2. We hope to hear Louisville's named called.
On a lighter note for Louisville softball, a few Cardinals received ACC accolades yesterday.
Carmyn Greenwood was named to the All-ACC first team. She leads Louisville in batting average. Greenwood is also top in the ACC in hits and runs scored and second in RBIs. She can finish high in the Louisville record books in terms of batting average and slugging percentage. This is her second straight All-ACC honor.
Taylor Roby was named to the All-ACC third team. She leads the team in home runs with 15, which is also a good enough mark for second in the conference. Roby has been the main pitcher for the Cards all season, tallying over 160 innings with over 100 strikeouts and totaling a career-high 15 wins. This is her second straight All-ACC honor.
Korbe Otis was named to the All-ACC freshmen team. She is third on the team in batting averaged and is the only freshman to start every game for the Cards. Otis transitioned to center field following an early season injury to Hannah File and has held that position ever since.
Golf Bows Out in NCAA Regional
Louisville women's golf saw their season come to a close yesterday. The Cards finished 21-over-par and tied with Sam Houston at seventh.
#2 Oregon, #28 Georgia, #13 Texas, and #33 TCU were the four teams to qualify for the NCAA Championships. #11 Florida and #23 Arizona were 'upset' and saw their seasons end in the fifth and sixth spots.
Kendall Griffin, Mairead Martin, and Lauren Thibodeau all finished in the top 30 of the individual scores. Carmen Griffith tied for 37th and Gabbi Bentancourt tied for 60th.
Louisville will begin their 2022-2022 season around mid-September.
Happy Thursday and Go Cards!