A two-run sixth inning sparked by senior Megan Hensley’s RBI hit and runs by senior Sidney Melton and Celene Funke helped the University of Louisville softball team upset No. 15/17 Michigan 2-1 Saturday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Sophomore Danielle Watson (2-2) picked up the win, allowing one earned run on five hits and striking out four in a complete game effort. Hensley, Melton and junior Caitlin Ferguson each had a hit in the game.
The teams played through four scoreless innings before Michigan (4-4) broke through with a run in the top of the fifth. Natalia Rodriguez delivered a two-out single and Lexie Blair was hit by a pitch to set up Morgan Overaitis’ RBI hit.
The Cards (4-4) answered in the home half of the sixth when Melton singled and Funke walked to put two on for Hensley whose RBI hit plated Melton. An error on the throw home scored Funke to put Louisville on top 2-1.
Watson and the Louisville defense set the Wolverines down in order in the seventh to preserve the win. The victory marks the first over a top-20 opponent since May 5, 2016, when the Cardinals defeated then No. 5 Florida State 4-0
Alex Storako (3-2) took the loss, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits and striking out two in 5.1 innings of work. Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with a run to lead the Wolverines at the plate.
The Cardinals return to action on Sunday when they wrap up the tournament against Northwestern at 10 a.m.
• Saturday’s win over Michigan marks Louisville’s fourth against the Wolverines in 23 meetings. The last time the Cardinals beat Michigan was March 8, 2013 when they won 5-4 at Ulmer Stadium.
• Funke has now reached safely via a hit or walk in seven straight games. The junior leads the team in runs scored (7), triples (3) and stolen bases (3).
• Funke and Melton are tied for the team lead with nine hits apiece.
• Freshman Rebecca Chung leads the Cardinals with a .500 batting average, an .800 slugging percentage and .643 on-base percentage.
• Hensley and Ferguson lead the team with six RBIs each.
• Hensley now has 135 career RBIs and stands at ninth on Louisville’s career list. She needs five more to tie for eighth with Keola Calderon (2000-03).
• Melton now has 116 career runs and needs one more to tie for tenth on Louisville’s career list. She would move into a three-way tie along with Alicja Wolny (2010-13) and Sara Bausher (2002-05)
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