Cards Earn Walk-Off Run Rule
On a beautiful spring evening that threatened to turn ugly but ultimately turned out rosy, Louisville softball played a game against Miami (OH) that oddly mirrored the weather. The Cards jumped out to a 6-0 lead early before a grand slam brought the Redhawks right back into it. Louisville would respond immediately and prevent further scoring to bring home the run rule. On the weather side, the game started in the mid-upper seventies and somewhat overcast. A lightning delay cleared the stadium just after the Miami grand slam, but it was all clear skies after the delay ended with the thunderstorms that were forecasted never fully developing. Louisville managed to coast to a 12-4 win.
A double kicked things off for Miami in the second, but Roby buckled down to get out of the jam. She induced a foul-out to third, then put the opposite corners of the outfield to work with a pair of flyouts. In the bottom half, Louisville started the opposite to Miami and struck out. This time, one out saw four straight batters reach base. Pickle Winkler started for just the eighth time and hit a full-count single in her first at-bat. Paige Geraghty and Korbe Otis also singled to load the bases. As if she hadn't been moved from the sixth spot, Lotus stepped up with the bases loaded ahead of her. She promptly cleared them, and showed the speed she impressed with last year, with a triple. Her speed came back into play immediately, when Hannah File grounded out straight at her. Rather than try a play at home, Miami just took the out at first. Louisville would score no more, but they led 5-0.
The fourth inning was less than ideal. A single opened the inning, and a sacrifice bunt moved the runner to second. A single put runners on the corners and a pop out gave Louisville two outs to work with. A walk loaded the bases, though, and that set up the aforementioned grand slam. A line out ended the inning but Louisville's once formidable lead was now just 6-4. Thus began the lightning delay. Since Louisville led, four "equivalent" innings had been completed. However, five are required for a game to be official. So, the two teams waited it out.
Despite the long break, Aprile went back to Gabby Holloway in the top of the fifth. She got a strikeout to open the inning but moved a runner to third after a double and a wild pitch. A fly ball to right field seemed like it would be deep enough to score the run, but Winkler (on the high of her strong day at the plate) had a monster throw to hold the runner. A ground out ended the inning and kept Louisville's lead at 11-4. Easton Lotus, enjoying her spot near the top of the order, singled to third and advanced to second on a throwing error. She then moved up to third on a wild pitch but couldn't come home on a ground out to second. No matter, really, as Louisville walked it off on an Easton Lotus steal of home on yet another wild pitch. Laurelai DePew threw 11 pitches. Three of those were wild. Since she had advanced on what were technically three errors, Lotus's run was unearned, Louisville's fourth of the night. Since it put them up by eight runs after five equivalent innings, that was the ball game.
Easton Lotus and Madison "Pickle" Winkler had career days at the plate. Lotus scored four runs in four at bats after moving up to the two spot and also had three hits with three RBI (though they all came on one hit). Winkler, in the start, had three hits in three attempts with a run scored and two RBI. Sarah Gordon moved to a spot in the order where more baserunners could consistently be on ahead of her and she had five RBI and two runs scored in one official at bat (one walk and one sacrifice).
Other Events on Deck
In addition to softball's game today, several other teams are in action. Track and field continue their split weekend in Florida and at home. Swimming participates in the TYR Pro Series, and women's golf is at the ACC Championships. From the fall sports in spring play perspective, Louisville women's soccer and volleyball are both back at home this weekend. Soccer hosts Michigan State with time still listed TBA, and volleyball brings in Tennessee at 6PM. Louisville lacrosse will also play host, as they take on Duke at 1PM at Louisville Lacrosse Stadium.
Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast
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