On Wednesday afternoon, the Cardinals played the Thundering Herd of Marshall University. This was the final home game of the season. The Cards jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning with a single by senior Jena Jordan. Nicole Pufahl helped lead the charge in the bottom of the 3rd plating 2 runs & scoring on an error. The Cards led 4-0.
Marshall led up the top of the 4th with a solo home run. Sidney Melton scored Allison Szydlowski in the fourth inning. She was able to scored on an error to make it 6-1. The Thundering Herd stormed back in the top of 5th scoring 9 runs leading 10-6 going into the bottom of the 5th.
On Tuesday, Junior Pitcher Megan Hensley was announced as NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) & USA Softball Collegiate National Player of The Week. She also picked up ACC Pitcher of the week. Hensley pitched all three contests against Boston College only allowing 3 runs and striking out 7 batters.
Meagan was hitting .500 average & hitting 3 home runs. She is the first athlete from Louisville since Katie Keller in 2014 to win the National Player of the Week. Then, on Wednesday Hensley was named ESPNW Player of the Week.
This Weekend was a busy weekend for the Louisville Softball team. They hosted their annual Black & Red Classic. They hosted Maryland, UAB, Miami Ohio, & Eastern Illinois. These team continued this hot streak sweeping all their competition. Here is an individual break down of each of the games from this past weekend.
Game #1: vs Maryland: The Cards came into winners of 4 straight. Senior Nicole Pufahl went 2-3 with an RBI. She continued her rampage of hitting. Freshman Danielle Watson picked up her 10th win in pitching a complete game striking out a career high eight. Maryland couldn’t find an answer to Watson’s pitching.
Cards: 4 Maryland: 1
University of Louisville Softball started the season with a Friday sweep as they took down Butler University & University of Central Florida. Junior Blaire Bass helped lead the Cards in each of the victories. She went a combine 4-5 in the two games. Junior Megan Hensley & True Freshman Danielle Watson both picked up their first victories. Coach Sandy Pearsall was very happy with the team performance but said the team seemed a little tired at the end of the second game with playing back to back. The Cards take the field again tomorrow in Orlando part of the UCF Friends of Jacklyn Invitational. They will play North Florida at 11am & then ACC foe North Carolina at 4p.