photo from Jared Anderson
The Cards were able to play their regularly scheduled games this past weekend after several weeks and weekends of altering game times due to the weather… which usually occurs this time of the year anyways. But the Cards left Auburn, Alabama with 4 wins and only 1 hard fought loss to the host Tigers. UofL now holds a 15-7 record on the season where they were able with string together a season best, 7 win streak.
Game 1 (Friday morning) – W 1-0 vs Radford
The Cards were able to plate the lone run for the entire game in the opening half inning where the Cards were the visitors and they would have to defend it for the remainder of the game. Senior 3rd baseman, Sidney Melton reached on an infield hit and moved to second when Hensley was hit by a pitch. Junior Caitlin Ferguson followed with a one-out double to put the Cards on the scoreboard. Radford had a chance to score in the fourth when a pair of singles and a hit batter with two outs loaded the bases, but Hensley got a called strikeout to escape the jam. The Highlands threatened again in the seventh when a walk and a single put the go-ahead run on base with two outs, but this time Roby delivered a strikeout to end the game. Senior Megan Hensley picked up the win, holding the Highlanders scoreless on three hits and striking out six in 4.2 innings. Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby picked up her second save of the season after surrendering one hit and striking out three in 2.1 innings of relief.
It was Louisville’s 3rd straight shutout.
Game 2 (Friday afternoon) – W 14-1 vs Michigan State (5 inn.)
Every player in the starting lineup had at least one hit as Louisville belted out a season-highs in hits with 16 and runs with 14 vs the Spartans. Celene Funke scored four runs, tying a school record and went 3-for-4 at the plate, while Melton and Hensley drove in four runs apiece to help pace the Cardinals offensively. Funke got a hit on the very first pitch of the game… she would proceed to steal second and third base while Melton was at the plate. The Spartans would not earn their only run in the home half of the first inning but that would be all the offensive production for them on the day. The Cards scored 5 runs in both the second and third inning, 3 in the fourth on a homerun by Hensley (her 3rd of the season) and need only 5 innings to put Sparty out of misery.
Game 3 (Saturday morning) – W 6-0 vs Radford
Playing as the home team, Roby would get the win in 4 innings in the circle. Sophomore Kyra Snyder came in as relief against the Highlanders. Melton went 2-4 on the day with a double, a triple and 3 RBIs. The Cards scored 5 runs in the top of the second inning & tacked on another in the top of the 4th.
Game 4 (Saturday afternoon) – L 2-6 vs Auburn
The Cards and #19/20 Tigers both plated a run in the first inning. The Tigers would pull ahead in the following home half of the inning and the Cards would be able to pull it within 1 run, 3-2, in the top of 6 after Ferguson earns her second RBI of the day.
A 3 run bottom of 6 would secure the 6-2 lead for the hosting team, Auburn.
Sophomore Danielle Watson (5-5) took the loss, allowing six runs, five earned, on seven hits and striking out six in 6.0 innings.
Game 5 (Sunday morning) – W 14-0 vs Mercer (5 inn.)
Again, leadoff Funke jump starts the offense for the Cards with a hit and proceeded to steal second and third in the bottom of the first inning. She scored on a sac-fly by Hensley. Funke went 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI and sophomore Jordyn Wolfe tallied a career-high three-RBIs. Hensley tossed a complete game shutout while scattering two hit and striking out five. She also went 3-for-3 with three-RBIs and a run at the plate.
Hensley leads the team with 19 RBIs.
Funke now leads the team with a .382 batting average, 29 hits, 20 runs and eight stolen bases.