Sophomore Danielle Watson delivered a career-high nine strikeouts and allowed one hit and seniors Sidney Melton and Darrianne Hale backed her with two RBIs apiece to help the University of Louisville softball team beat host Cal State Fullerton 9-0 in five innings Friday evening in the Titan Classic.
After surrendering a two-out infield Watson (1-0) retired the next 13 batters she faced to notch her first shutout of the 2019 campaign.
The Cardinals (1-1) jumped to a 2-0 lead in the opening frame. Melton led off the game with a single and took second on a groundout by junior Celene Funke. Walks to senior Megan Hensley and freshman Charley Butler loaded the bases for sophomore Maddy Newman who earned the third straight walk of the inning to plate Melton. Sophomore Kyra Snyder followed with an RBI hit to bring home Hensley.
Louisville used two hits, a walk and an error to put up a four-spot in the third. Junior Caitlin Ferguson got the frame started with a single and took second when Butler reached on a fielder’s choice. Newman’s fielder’s choice plated Ferguson. After a walk issued to senior Madison Cousineau, Hale stepped up to the plate and connected on a two-out single to bring home Butler and Newman. Cousineau crossed the plate on an error to push Louisville’s lead to 6-0.
The fifth inning brought three more Cardinal runs. Newman delivered a leadoff infield hit. Walks to Snyder and Cousineau leaded the bases for Riley Schindler’s RBI groundout. Melton followed with a two-run single to make the score 9-0.
Offensively, Melton paced the Cards with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate along with two RBIs and a run. Hale was 1-for-1 with two RBIs and Newman went 1-for-2 with a stolen base.
Fullerton’s Sophie Frost (1-1) took the loss, giving up nine runs, eight earned, on five hits and struck out one in 4.0 innings. Ari Williams accounted for the Titans’ lone hit of the game.
“I was proud of a lot of things we did today,” said UofL head coach Holly Aprile. “The game against Idaho State was a tough loss. We came out a little tight and then hurt ourselves with some mental errors, but I think we showed resiliency with how we responded in the second game. I thought both pitchers did a nice job today overall. Griffin (Joiner) did a nice job calling the games and they both executed well.”
Louisville will return to action Saturday against Buffalo at 1 p.m. (ET).
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