The University of Louisville softball team swept Morehead State in a doubleheader, defeating the Eagles 8-0 in game one and 21-1 in the nightcap Tuesday evening at Ulmer Stadium.
Freshman Rebecca Chung went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and junior Celene Funke went 4-for 8 with two triples, a home run and a double, scored three runs and collected four RBIs to help pace the Cardinals offensively in the twin bill. Additionally, senior Sidney Melton set a school record with four stolen bases in game one.
Louisville (17-7) will return to action this weekend when Syracuse visits Ulmer Stadium for both teams’ ACC opening series.
Louisville 8 – Morehead State 0 (6 innings)
Senior Sidney Melton set a school record with four stolen bases and went 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs while Funke had a triple and connected on her first career home run and drove in two to lead the Cardinals at the plate. Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby (6-1) got the win after giving up one hit and striking out seven, sophomore Danielle Watson allowed one hit and struck out three to help Louisville to its third shutout in the last four games.
Louisville jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Melton reached on an error, stole second and crossed the plate on fellow senior Megan Hensley’s base hit. Hensley came home on an RBI single by freshman Rebecca Chung.
The Cardinals added another run in the second inning when freshman Cassady Greenwood doubled and was lifted for pinch runner sophomore Paige Schindler who took third on junior Celene Funke’s sacrifice bunt and scored on a hit by Melton.
In the fourth inning, sophomore Jordyn Wolfe walked and stole second to set up Funke’s RBI triple. Melton followed with a single to bring home Funke. After a walk to senior Megan Hensley loaded the bases, Melton crossed the plate safely on junior Caitlin Ferguson’s sacrifice fly.
Funke led off the sixth by launching a shot over the fence for her first career home run. Melton followed with a walk and would eventually come home on an error to bring the final score to 8-0.
Lakyn Largent (0-9) took the loss, allowing six runs, four earned, on seven hits and striking out one in 3.1 innings. Aubrey Bennett and Allison Davis tallied hits for the Eagles.
Louisville 21 – Morehead State 1 (5 innings)
Junior Caitlin Ferguson tied a school record with four runs while Chung, Wolfe and freshman Charley Butler collected three RBIs apiece as Louisville tallied a season-high 21 runs – falling one short of tying a school record.
In the nightcap, the Cards used five hits, including freshman Charley Butler’s three-run homer to take a 7-0 lead in the first inning. Funke started the offense with her second triple of the day and scored on Melton’s groundout. Hensley singled and Ferguson walked to set up Chung’s RBI single. An error allowed Ferguson to score. An RBI hit by sophomore Kyra Snyder and Butler’s second home run of the season brought the score to 7-0.
The second inning brought five more Louisville runs, highlighted by Chung’s two-run single, Snyder’s RBI hit and Funke’s RBI double.
The Eagles (0-13) got on the scoreboard in the third when Peyton Rose singled and scored on a Louisville error to make it a 12-1 game.
The Cards used four hits to put up a six-spot in the third. Hensley and Ferguson started the home half of the inning with back-to-back doubles and sophomore Maddy Newman followed with an RBI hit. A walk to Snyder loaded the bases for Wolfe’s RBI hit. Freshman Cassady Greenwood was hit by a pitch to bring Newman home. Wolfe scored on an error and Greenwood crossed the plate on Melton’s sacrifice fly to increase Louisville’s lead to 18-1.
UofL capped the scoring with three runs in the fourth. Ferguson and Newman drew walks. Wolfe’s RBI hit plated Ferguson. Newman scored on Greenwood’s groundout and Wolfe crossed the plate on a wild pitch for the 21-1 final.
Hensley (6-1) got the win, allowing one unearned run on three hits and striking out four in 3.0 innings of relief. Watson held the Eagles scoreless and fanned three in 2.0 innings.
Randi Hamilton (0-2) took the loss after giving up six earned runs on four hits in 0.1 inning. Aubrey Bennett, Helyna Bissell and Rose registered hits for Morehead.
• Louisville now leads the series with Morehead State 11-1.
• The Cardinals are 10-1 in the month of March.
• Funke leads the team with a .393 batting average, 23 hits and six triples.
• Hensley has a team-best 20 RBIs.
• Funke is now on an eight-game hitting streak and has reached safely via a hit or walk in the last eight games.
• Melton has reached base via a hit or a walk in the last nine games.
• Chung has had a hit in the last six games.
• Louisville’s seven stolen bases in game one set a school record, surpassing the previous one of six set against Houston on Feb. 13, 2010.
• Melton’s four stolen bases in the 8-0 win over the Eagles set a school record.
• Melton now has a team-best 10 stolen bases on the season and 43 in her career. She moves to sixth on Louisville’s all-time list and needs three more to move into a tie for fourth with Candi Hicks (2004-07) and Kristin Austin (2009-12).
• Funke increased her season triple total to six. She stands at No. 7 on Louisville career list with eight and needs one more to match Keola Calderon (2000-02) for sixth.
• Ferguson tied a school record with four runs in the 21-1 win over the Eagles.
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