By Sam Draut–
The University of Louisville softball team split a doubleheader against Syracuse on Saturday at Ulmer Stadium. The Cardinals (31-10 overall, 12-5 in the ACC) won the first game 4-0, but fell to the Orange (24-21 overall, 9-10 in the ACC) in the second.
Louisville defeated Syracuse 4-0 in the first part of the double header.
Big fourth: The Cardinals churned out three runs in the fourth inning to take a 4-0 lead into the final innings. Morgan Meyer got the bats going with a one-out single and Jordan McNary followed with another single. Sidney Melton singled up the middle to score Meyer. Megan Hensley drove in McNary and Melton with a two-out single, with the two runs batted in, Hensley tied the program’s record for RBI in a freshman year, which was set by Chelsea Bemis with 50.
The circle: Maryssa Becker pitched a complete game shutout, allowing only five hits.
The circle: Syracuse pitcher AnnaMarie Gatti was downright dominant and silenced the Cardinal hitters. Louisville struggled to get the ball out of the infield against the sophomore. Gatti pitched a complete game two-hitter and kept her infielders busy. Eighteen of Gatti’s 21 outs were ground outs.
Hensley countered with a complete game, but gave up four runs in a disastrous third inning.
Bases cleared: With the bases loaded in the third inning, Syracuse third baseman Hannah Dossett hit a double to score three runs and give the Orange a 3-0 lead. Dossett drilled a line drive well over the head of left fielder McNary and then advanced to third on a close play at home. Syracuse added their fourth run of the inning when Rachel Burkhardt singled up the middle to score Dossett.
Photo by Sam Draut / The Louisville Cardinal