SANDERCOCK SHUTS DOWN CARDS OFFENSE SUNDAY
The normally active Louisville bats were silenced on Sunday (sorry about the quasi-Derby reference) in the third game of the series at Tallahassee. .And, Cardinals batters would probably be just fine if they didn't see Kathryn Sandercock in the circle anymore this season, as the grad student allowed just one hit in 4.1 innings to go to 21-3 on the season. Sandercock was credited with all three wins over Louisville this weekend... her own "triple crown" on Derby weekend.
The Cards just might have to face "Kat" one more time, though, being the #4 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament, but we'll get into those ramifications a little later on in today's column
Louisville got what would normally be considered a good "in the circle" performance from Alyssa Zabala, who allowed the two runs on just four hits in the six innings she pitched. The Cards just couldn't put bat on ball and send it where there were no fielders until the top of the seventh inning.
Daisy Hess led off the visitors half pf the inning with a triple to right field. Hannah File sent a sacrifice fly to center to score Hess and cut the FSU lead to 2-1, but could not do anymore damage at the plate after that. It was the only hit Sandercock allowed in her time in the circle.
The Cards had their chances early. An Easton Lotus single and Sarah Gordon walk in the first inning gave the Cards two base runners but the Cards were to remain on the bags the rest of the inning. And, in the third, Korbe Otis single and then got to third on a FSU fielding error...but did not get advanced to home.
As for the Noles, Zabala did allow FSU a home run from Josie Muffley in the third inning and another run in the fifth when Mack Leonard singled and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly.
The Cards end the regular season with a 35-17 record and 16-7 in ACC play.
LOUISVILLE SOFTBALL BEGINS ACC TOURNAMENT PLAY ON THURSDAY AS A #4 SEED vs. VA TECH.
Louisville is one of ten teams that will participate in the ACC Tournament at Notre Dame and will open play Thursday against #5 seed Virginia Tech.
The Cards and Hokies will play in the second game of four on Thursday....starting around 1:30 PM. If the Cards win they would advance to the semifinals to face either FSU or #8 seed Virginia or #9 seed Syracuse. The format is single elimination and all the games, beginning Weds, when #7 seed and #10 seeds and #8 and #9 seeds square off, will be shown on the ACC Network.