Louisville ties school win streak mark
Cardinals down Saint Louis, No. 14 Michigan with pitching
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- No. 16 Louisville extended its season-opening win streak to 17 games with a 9-0 win against Saint Louis and a 2-1 victory against No. 14 Michigan Saturday in the Red & Black Tournament at Ulmer Stadium.
The Cardinals (17-0) tied the school record as the orginal 17-game winning streak was set in 2006.
"I'm really proud of how our team came out and played today," U of L head coach Sandy Pearsall said. "I was happy with the way we played Saint Louis. Our offense continued to produce against a good pitcher. Against Michigan, we faced one of our toughest tests this season. They have a tremendous pitcher, but our offense was able to get the job done. Our defense was solid and our pitchers continue to give us very good innings. I'm pleased with our entire team effort."
In the first game of the day, sophomore Caralisa Connell tossed a complete game shutout against the Billikens. Sophomore Taner Fowler and junior Alicja Wolny each went 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBI as the Cards cruised to a 9-0 win.
Louisville started the scoring early, using six hits to put up a six spot in the bottom of the first. Senior Kristin Austin drew a walk and sophomore Katie Keller followed with a double to set up Fowler's RBI single. Sophomore Jordan Trimble connected on a one-run hit and Wolny registered a hit to load the bases. Back-to-back two-run singles by sophomore Hannah Kiyohara's and freshman Whitney Arion gave the Cardinals a 6-0 lead.
The Cards struck again when Austin led off the second with her sixth triple of the season and crossed the plate on Fowler's base hit to make the score 7-0.
In the fifth inning, Fowler reached on an error and Wolny sent a shot over left centerfield for her second home run of the season to give the Cards the 9-0 win.
Connell (5-0) notched her second consecutive complete game shutout, allowing two hits and striking out three in 5.0 innings.
Kelcie Matesa (3-5) took the loss, allowing nine runs, eight earned on nine hits and striking out two in 4.1 innings. Jessica Buschjost and Lindsay Friedman each had a single for the Billikens (11-11).
Senior Tori Collins and sophomore Chelsea Leonard combined for 10 strikeouts while freshman Whitney Arion went 2 for 2 with an RBI and junior Katelyn Mann drove in the winning run. The Cards defeated 14th-ranked Michigan 2-1.
Louisville got on the scoreboard in the second inning when Mann reached on a fielder's choice. She took second on sophomore Hannah Kiyohara's sacrifice bunt and came home on Arion's two-out RBI single.
The Cards added another run in the fourth. Sophomore Jordan Trimble delivered a leadoff double, moved to third on a passed ball and came home on Mann's sacrifice fly to make it a 2-0 game.
The Wolverines got a run back in the fifth when Stephanie Kirkpatrick doubled and came around to score on Bree Evans' RBI single.
Michigan threatened to score in the seventh when Amy Knapp drew a one-out walk and was safe at second on a fielder's interference call. It allowed Lyndsay Doyle on first to represent the go-ahead run on with two outs. Leonard delivered a strikeout to Evans and got Sappingfield to ground out to end the game.
Collins (8-0) got the win, allowing one earned run on four hits and striking out eight in 5.0 innings. Leonard fanned two in 2.0 innings en route to her first save of the season.