One and done. Louisville earned the 5 seed in the ACC tournament held in Florida State’s house in Tallahassee, FL set to face 4 seed North Carolina on Thursday afternoon. The two teams met just two weeks ago at Ulmer Stadium and the Cards dropped the series 1-2.
After a 3 up-3 down first inning for both squads, the Cards were able to strike first in the second when Kyra Snyder was walked and stole 2B on a passed ball. She has reached safely in 14 straight games. Snyder moved to 3B on the second out of the inning fielders choice by Ferguson at 1B and scored on a hard hit to 3B by Maddy Newman. Newman beat the fielders choice throw that would’ve ended the inning. The Cards held on to their 1-0 lead after 2 complete innings. On defense, Sidney Melton snagged a line drive out of the air and caught the runner off 1B for the double play.
UofL increased their lead to 3-0 in the top of the third. With two outs, once again, Melton comes up big on a single to shallow CF. She stole 2B, her 18th stolen base on the season. Melton also leads the team with a career-high 33 stolen bases and owns Louisville’s single season record. Hensley with a 2-1 count at the plate, homers just over the LF fence to score 2 runs and put the Cards up 3-0 early. It was her 37th career home run and stands third on Louisville’s career list.
UNC answered in the bottom of the third to tie it up, 3 all, on single and double RBIs up the middle and to LCF respectively. The score remained tied through the 4th until the bottom of the fifth where things got pretty ugly..
The Tar Heels capitalized on five hits and two walks to score six runs in the fifth. After North Carolina use three straight infield singles to load the bases, an RBI hit plated the go-ahead run for the Tarheels. Back-to-back walks and an RBI single put the Tar Heels up 9-3.
Danielle Watson got the start in the circle for UofL. Taylor Roby relieved her in the bottom of the fifth when the score was 3-5 Tarheels. Watson (11-14) took the loss after giving up eight earned runs on seven hits and striking out two in 4.0 innings.
Seen below!! Jazmine Jones was in the house cheering on her fellow student athletes in her hometown <3
Louisville (33-21) will learn its postseason fate on Sunday at 9 p.m. (ET) when the NCAA selection show airs on ESPN2. Should the Cards receive an at-large bid, it would mark the 14th NCAA appearance in program history.
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