Louisville softball roadblocked by Michigan, closing out regional play


By Baylee Pulliam–

In a shutout game Sunday,  Michigan softball took down Louisville, claiming the NCAA Louisville Regional title with a 4-0 win.

No. 21 Michigan (42-15) took an early lead, over No. 9 Louisville (55-5). Wolverines’ junior second baseman Ashley Lane served up a two-run single in the top of the first.

Michigan’s defense road-blocked every run attempt from Louisville, bringing the tally to 3-zip, Michigan, going into the third. Wolverines’ Amanda Chidester’s RBI single in the fourth plated outfielder Bree Evans, to bring it to 4-0.

Final box score: 4-0, Michigan, ending Louisville’s Regional tournament play. It was the Cards’ second NCAA Louisville Regional loss to Michigan, after a second round loss Saturday.

Despite the loss, the team’s 55-5 record is the best in program history. This year also marks U of L’s first appearance in the top 10 – Louisville closed out the season ranked No. 7 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball coaches poll and No. 9 in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll.

“I couldn’t be any prouder of this team,” said Louisville head coach Sandy Pearsall in a release.


File photo from regular season play by Eric Voet. 

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