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Monday, April 11, 2016

Louisville Softball splits with Virginia Tech -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


Our usual articles about Louisville Softball are focused around the powerful offense and clutch pitching the Cards (26-9, 11-4) have displayed this season. Hitting took a vacation yesterday for UofL in Ulmer Stadium yesterday but the Cards still managed to split the double header with the Hokies 0-4, 2-1.

Virginia Tech 4 - Louisville 0

The Cards fell victim to the strong in-circle performance of VA TECH hurler Maggie Tyler in the first game of the day...managing only three hits in the complete game win for Tyler, who struck out seven Cardinals. Louisville also left five runners on base in a contest where errors also played a big part in the outcome. 

Virginia Tech got an unearned run in the first off Cards starting pitcher Maryssa Becker on a single and fielding miscue and added a second score in the fourth. The Cards were knocking at the door in the fifth with runners Nicole Pufahl and Jordan McNary on the bags but the speedy McNary was tagged out on a stealing attempt to get Va Tech out of danger. 

Tech added to the scoreboard in the sixth, capitalizing on back-to-back doubles to go up 4-0. Louisville had more attempt at getting runs in the bottom of the seventh when a single and two errors gave the Cards runners on the corners with one out but Tyler produced a strikeout and got a ground out to end the game. 

Becker went the distance in the circle for the Cards...falling to 14-6 on the season.

Louisville 2 - Virginia Tech 1

Freshman Megan Hensley drew the starting assignment in game two and the Cards backed her up with two runs in the second inning off of returning pitcher Tyler. Brittany Sims drove home Hailey Smith with a double and a fielding error got Sims to the plate to give the Cards the early 2-0 advantage. 

The Cards missed a golden opportunity to add to the scoring total in the fourth...loading the bases with two out but Tyler got out of the jam to keep the score at 2-0.

Va Tech finally got to Hensley in the sixth with two doubles and threatened again in the seventh when they got a double with one out...but Sandy Pearsall brought Becker in to relieve Hensley and the junior got a fly out and ground out to preserve the victory. Hensley picks up the win to go to 12-3 on the season and Becker's clutch performance gave her the third save of her season. 

Next up, a trip to Bloomington on Tuesday for an out-of-conference match against IU.



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