April 10, 2012

Kentucky and Rutgers softball strike out at U of L

By Sammie Hill–

Until last weekend’s matchup against DePaul University, the University of Louisville softball team boasted a perfect record that made them the only undefeated Division I softball team in the nation. Although DePaul forced the Cards to relinquish this title, this week provided the team opportunities for redemption.

On Wednesday, April 4, the University of Louisville triumphed 2-1 over the University of Kentucky.

“Tonight was another intense game with a very good Kentucky team,” said U of L softball head coach Sandy Pearsall.

She highlighted the importance of attitude in the outcome of this rivalry game.

“Our team showed great resilience and energy in offense and our defense came through in the clutch. It was good to see the team playing and having fun again.”

Following this weekend’s three victories, the team’s record improved to 33-2 overall and 7-2 in Big East play.

The University of Louisville student section demonstrated their support for the team, coming out to cheer on the Cardinals as they fought the Wildcats.

“Tonight’s crowd was outstanding,” Pearsall commented. “We appreciate the fans who stuck with us through the rain delay and they really gave us a lot of positive energy.”

She went on to praise sophomore pitcher Caralisa Connell, revealing her vital role in the team’s victory.

“Hats off to Caralisa Connell,” Pearsall commended. “She kept us in the game and did a tremendous job coming back in when we needed her.”

The team returned this weekend for a three-game series against Rutgers.

The series began Friday, April 5 with a doubleheader starting at noon; the game continued on Saturday for the third and final matchup.

The team reigned over the weekend, defeating Rutgers in all three games, 1-0, 2-0 and 3-2.

The University of Louisville softball team will travel to Villanova on Wednesday, April 11 and return home on Saturday, April 14 to battle Longwood University at noon.

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Photos: Michael Baldwin/The Louisville Cardinal

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