Softball Takes on the Tar Heels

 

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Over the weekend, the Cardinals took on the Tar Heels in a three game series. The Cardinals came in to the series as winners of six straight games while the Tar Heels were winners of three consecutively.

On Friday, the Cardinals offense couldn’t get started and only getting three hits during the game. Danielle Watson allowed four runs in 2/3 innings. The Cardinals left 10 runners stranded in the game. Taylor Roby and Maddy Newman were two of the three Cardinals who recorded a hit. The Cardinals dropped to 6-0.

On Saturday,  the Cardinals offense started out strong taking a 1-0 lead after the first inning then Taylor Roby gave up five runs at the top of the 2nd inning to give the Tar Heels the 5-1 lead.  The Cardinal’s offense answered back in the third inning with three runs to get closer to the Tar Heel lead, but that is the closest the Cardinals got the rest of the game. They ended up losing by a score of 10-7. In this loss, the Cardinals did tie the season high of three home runs in a game.

On Sunday the Cardinals offense jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first inning and never looked back on the Tar Heels. Kyra Synder led the Cardinals with 2 RBI’s and Sidney Melton tied the single season record for stolen bases. This was the last home game for the Cardinals and went 16-5 at home this season. Danielle Watson picked up her 11th win while striking out 4 and only allowing 5 hits in pitching a complete game.

Up Next: The Cardinals travel to Raliegh to take on NC State before starting the ACC Conference Tournament.

Here are some notes from SID Lori Korte following Sunday’s game:

• North Carolina leads the series 8-7
• As a team, Louisville has registered a program-record 93 stolen bases on 107 attempts on the season. The previous record was 68 (95 attempts), set in the 2010 season
• Louisville finishes the 2019 season with a 16-5 record at Ulmer Stadium.

Player Notes
Sidney Melton has reached safely in the last 14 games
• Melton also leads the team with a career-high 28 stolen bases and stands tied for first with Coleen Coughlin (2000) on Louisville’s single season list.

• She now has 61 stolen bases in her career, placing her tied for second with Jennifer Esteban (2010-12). Audrey Rendon (2004-07) holds the record with 82.

• Melton now has 150 career runs and stands in fifth place on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs eight more to move into a tie for fourth with Audrey Rendon (2004-07).

Megan Hensley earned her 60th career walk and stands at No. 10 on UofL’s all-time list.

Kyra Snyder has reached safely in 11 straight games.

• Melton leads the team with a .347 batting average and 28 stolen bases.

• Hensley leads the team with 10 home runs and 39 RBIs.

• Watson has recorded a team-best 145 strikeouts.

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