The schedule was pushed back once due to projected forecast over the weekend but then got delayed again when the conditions would not let up on Saturday morning and into the late afternoon in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Cardinals (7-6) played the following 4 games Sunday morning through Monday evening.
Game 1 vs Kansas – W 5-3
The Cards wasted no time getting their offense going as senior Sydney Melton led off the game with a triple and scored on junior Celene Funke base hit. Funke proceeded to steal second and two outs later, Chung launched a shot over the centerfield wall for her second homer of the season to put Louisville up 3-0. A couple runs in the top of the 5th would prove necessary when the Jayhawks homered for 3 runs.
Chung leads the team with a .500 batting average, two home runs, nine RBIs and a 1.000 slugging percentage
But the Cards secure the victory behind sophomore Danielle Watson who picked up the win and struck out 8. Watson leads the team with a 1.73 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 32.1 innings
Game 2 vs Bradley – W 7-5
UofL took a 2-0 lead behind sophomore Kyra Snyder’s two-run homer in the bottom of the second. Caitlin Ferguson started with a hit and took second on a sac-bunt by Roby. Snyder followed by taking a 1-2 count over the right field wall for her first career home run.
Bradley responded with a two run homer of their own in the following half inning.
In the Cards’ home half inning, Charley Butler answered with her first career home run.
A bases loaded walk to even the score in the top of 5. Back to back hits by Melton and Funke set it up for senior Megan Hensley to go yard for her second HR of the season and give the Cards the 6-3 and final lead.
Hensley now has 27 career home runs and moves into a tie for eighth with Lacy Wood (2003-06) on Louisville’s list.
Game 3 vs Bradley – W 6-0
It would take 4 full innings for the Cards broke through with 2 unearned runs in the top of the 5th. The Cards would cross the plate for 4 more in the top of 6.
Hensley (1-1) picked up the win, scattering four hits and striking out seven in 7.0 innings. Junior Celene Funke finished the game with two doubles.
Louisville now leads the series with Bradley 6-0.
Game 4 vs #7 Tennessee – L 3-5
The Cards late rally attempt came up short to the Volunteers’ early 5-0 lead after 5 full innings. Hensley led off with a hit and Chung walked to put two on with one out in the top of 6.
This called for a UT pitching change…. Roby stepped up to the plate and launched the first pitch she saw over the wall in centerfield. Her first career home run brought the score to 5-3…
Louisville had a final chance in the 7th when Funke delivered a leadoff single and moved to third on Ferguson’s double. Roby was intentionally walked to load the bases with two outs, but a groundout ended the game.
UP NEXT Louisville will host Indiana State, IUPUI and Missouri in its home-opening Cardinal Classic March 1-2 at Ulmer Stadium.
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