The University of Louisville softball team defeated Eastern Illinois 6-0 in the final game of the Red & Black Classic Sunday, registering the program’s 700th win under head coach Sandy Pearsall.
With the victory, the Cardinals (15-4) extend their win streak to eight games.
“The wins have come from every player who has been part of this program from the beginning and through this year,” said Pearsall, who started the program in 2000. “We tell them that everything we do on the field is for the name across their jersey – the wins belong to Louisville softball. I am honored to have been coaching at Louisville for the last 19 years.”
In Sunday’s victory, junior Madison Cousineau went 1-for-3 and collected two RBIs to help lead the Cardinals’ offense. Junior Megan Hensley picked up the win, scattering three hits and striking out three in 5.0 innings while freshman Danielle Watson combined for Louisville’s second straight shutout while giving up one hit and fanning one in 2.0 innings of relief.
The Cardinals used two hits, four walks and an error to put up a five-spot in the first inning. Sophomore Celene Funke reached on an error and consecutive walks to junior Sidney Melton, sophomore Caitlin Ferguson loaded the bases for senior Nicole Pufahl who drew a walk to plate Funke. Senior Jamie Soles’ sacrifice fly sent Melton home and junior Madison Cousineau followed with a two-run double. One out later, Snyder doubled Cousineau home to give the Cards a 5-0 lead.
Louisville added a run in the fourth when Funke delivered a bunt single and Melton followed with an infield hit and Ferguson connected on a base hit to left field to bring Funke home to bring the score to 6-0.
Eastern Illinois (13-6) had a chance to score in the seventh when Kayla Bear reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and moved to third on Mady Poulter’s groundout. Mia Davis walked to put runners on the corners with two outs, but Watson got a called strikeout to keep the Panthers off the scoreboard.
Jessica Wireman (6-1) took the loss, giving up six runs, four earned, on five hits and striking out four in 5.1 innings. Bear paced the Panthers with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate.
“We got some timely hitting to start the game,” said Pearsall. “I would like to have seen some more consistent offensive production throughout the game, but I was happy to get six runs on the board. We had some great catches, Sidney Melton in the outfield made some nice plays. We still have some things to work on, but overall, I was pleased with the effort.”
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