May 19, 2012

Cardinal softball faces No. 21 Michigan in NCAA Louisville Regional second round


By Baylee Pulliam–

Cardinal softball advances to the second round of NCAA regional play, following a 6-4 come-from-behind victory over Valparaiso Friday.

The Crusaders took a 4-3 lead with a two-run single from Valpo’s Jordan Rutkowski in the fifth.

The Cards were scoreless through the fifth and sixth, but came back with late-game dramatics reminiscent of their Big East championship win last weekend.

Junior first baseman Alicja Wolny clinched it for the Cards, with a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh, with two outs on the board.

Wolny said the players – and their fans – are confident moving forward in regional play. “It is an awesome feeling that they knew that we could do it,” Wolny said.

No. 7/9 Louisville will take on No. 21 University of Michigan on Saturday at 3:04 p.m. at U of L’s Ulmer Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.


File photo from season play by Eric Voet.

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