No. 18 Louisville Rallies to Drop Texas Tech, 10-6|
Katelyn Williams finished with three RBI in Texas Tech's 10-6 loss to No. 18 Louisville Friday.
Feb. 8, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Louisville overcame an early five-run deficit with eight runs over the third and fourth innings as the 18th-ranked Cardinals topped Texas Tech, 10-6, Friday afternoon at Eller Media Stadium.
The Red Raiders (1-1) seemed to break the game open with a four-run first and then one more in the third, but Louisville (1-0) rallied in the bottom of the frame to tie the game with five runs and then plate three more in the fourth.
"I was really encouraged today offensively," said Tech head coach Shanon Hays, who became the school's all-time winningest coach in the earlier win over Central Florida. "The only disappointing thing is that we had a chance to beat a top-20 team and we have one bad inning. I expected our pitching to be a little bit better, and I think it will be tomorrow."
After two scoreless innings and already a decent lead for the Red Raiders, Louisville was able to get to starter Cara Custer with the short game as all four of the Cardinals' four hits in the third came on the ground.
Hays turned to first-game starter Brittany Talley with a 2-0 count on leadoff hitter Jennifer Esteban to start the fourth, but she had no better luck, either, stopping the Louisville surge. Katie Keller followed an Esteban walk with a two-run home run to center field while Alicia Wolny immediately followed with a solo shot of her own to right.
Keller and Wolny both finished with two hits and two RBI in the game, while Maggie Ruckenbrod added two RBI as well as she tied the game in the third with a two-out, two-run single up the middle.
The loss put a damper on a solid start from the Red Raiders at the plate as Sandy James put Tech on the board first with a two-run double to left field in the opening frame to score Mikey Kenney and Shelby Johnson, who had walked and singled to start the inning. The hit was the first of three for Johnson as she finished 3-for-4 with one run scored.
Katelyn Williams drove in James minutes later with a two-run single through the right side that also plated pinch runner Emily Cooper. Williams finished 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBI as she also connected on a solo home run in the fifth.
Adriana Perez finished with two hits for the second-straight game as the senior connected on a single in the first and then followed with a solo home run to lead off the third inning. It was Perez' second home run of the day as she delivered a two-run shot against UCF.
"I thought we had a good day at the plate but still left a few runs out there," Hays said. "Louisville had a few hits that found some holes, so you have to give them credit. With the way we played, I told the team I thought we had the talent to play with anyone. It was an encouraging day, but we want to win those games."
Rachel Le Coq (1-0) picked up the win for the Cardinals as she came on in relief of starter Caralisa Connell with no outs and four runs already across in the first. She surrendered just two runs off five hits while striking out four over seven full innings.
The Red Raiders resume the Sportco Kick-Off Classic at 5:45 p.m. (CT) Saturday evening with another doubleheader against Minnesota and host UNLV.