University of Louisville softball squeaked out a victory against the Hoosiers of Indiana 1-0 in a regional battle on Wednesday, this coming on the heels of back to back sweeps of in-conference battles between both Seton Hall at home and DePaul in Chicago.
Pitching was the key Wednesday afternoon, as it has been the steady for the ladies throughout the season. The cleats will be laced up again Saturday for another conference series, this time in Pennsylvania.
In the end, in this observer’s opinion the MVP of the game has to go to first the pitching staff of the Cards, who one has to look towards head coach Sandy Pearsall to congratulate and second to Katie Keller who’s shot provided the only score of the game, when her at bat provided the opportunity for Jennifer Esteban to pass the bag in the only score in the contest late in the game.
Despite being relatively new to softball, beginning in just 2000, the Cards have proven themselves to be very worth adversaries both in and out of conference. And the packed Ulmer Stadium yesterday would seem to indicate that locally their turning heads as little league softball teams start up around the region.
Wednesday’s game could be summed up in one word: defense, as both teams seemed relatively even in every regard it became a question of defensive errors and opportunities capitalized on, stats that in the end narrowly went to Louisville’s favor.
After a disappointing loss last year in the NCAA regionals, the Cards have seemed to come out this year with a confidence that have led them to be solid contenders both in the Big East and nationally.
Relying on pitching Louisville has put up solid numbers all years and have experience backing them up as they get ever closer to their tournament time.
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