April 25, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The St. John’s softball team dropped a pair of games at Louisville Sunday, falling 10-7 in the second game of the series and 11-2 in the series finale.
On Saturday, rain stalled game two of the series in the middle of the second inning with Louisville ahead, 3-0. The teams completed the game Sunday morning with the Red Storm (16-27, 5-11 BIG EAST) rallying back from a four-run deficit with five runs in the fifth to take a 6-5 lead. The Cardinals (32-15, 11-5 BIG EAST) answered with five runs in the sixth.
Louisville won game three, 11-2, in five innings.
GAME 2: LOUISVILLE 10, ST. JOHN’S 7
On Saturday, the Cardinals took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. With one out and runners on second and third, Colby Wherry hit a two-RBI double off STJ starter Linzee Sumrall to center field. Two batters later, Wherry scored from third base on an illegal pitch.
Louisville added one run in the second inning when play resumed Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Sumrall started the inning with a strikeout of Katelyn Mann. Two batters later, Kristin Austin drove in Vanessa James on a triple to left field.
St. John’s got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning. Amber Curry led off with a triple, launching a pitch from Louisville starter Kristen Wadewell high to left field and onto warning track. Three batters later, Kristi Cady knocked a single to short center field to drive in Curry and pull the Red Storm to within 4-1.
The Cardinals pushed their lead back at four runs in the bottom of the fourth when James hit a one-out solo home run to center.
The Red Storm offense kicked into high gear in the fifth. With one out, Jenna Berger hit a single to right and advanced to second on an illegal pitch in the next at bat. Two batters later, Chelsea Durning reached on an error by the second baseman and Berger advanced to third. Curry blasted her second triple of the game with a two-RBI shot to right center that brought STJ to within 5-3. Wadwell intentionally walked Kacee Cox to put runners on the corners for Chrissy Montez. Montez hammered a three-run home run to left off Louisville’s All-American senior to put a STJ up, 6-5.
St. John’s third baseman Julia Sanchez came up with a big play in the bottom fifth to get Sumrall out of a jam. With one out and runners on first and second, Sanchez fielded a ground ball by Louisville’s Jordan Trimble, stepped on third base for the force out and rifled the throw to first baseman Stacia Dopudja for the double play.
After Tori Collins entered in relief of Wadwell in the top of the sixth, Louisville retook the lead in the bottom half of the inning. With one out and the bases loaded, Melissa Roth hit a sac fly to left to bring in a run and tie the game at 6-6. Two batters later, Chelsea Bemis hit a grand slam to left to put the Cardinals up, 10-6.
The Red Storm put up a good fight in the seventh. With one out, Montez reached on an error at shortstop and Meghan Gwynn entered to pinch run for her. Cady walked I in the next at-bat. Two batters later, Dominique Marcelino entered at designated player and ripped an RBI double down the left field line, bringing STJ to within 10-7. Louisville ended St. John’s rally with a strikeout to close the game.
Curry finished 2-of-4 with two triples, two RBI and two runs scored. Montez went 1-of-4 with one home run, three RBI and one run scored. Cady finished 2-of-2 with one RBI and one walk.
Sumrall (5-14) took the loss after striking out three and allowing 10 runs over six innings of work. Collins (12-4) earned the win after tossing two scoreless innings of relief with two strikeouts. Wadwell got the no decision after tossing five frames with six runs allowed (one earned) and seven K’s.
GAME 3: LOUISVILLE 11, ST. JOHN’S 2 (5 innings)
Louisville jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning. With one out, Jordan Trimble hit an RBI single to center field off St. John’s starter Jordan Tingley. The Cardinals’ lead grew to 4-0 in the following at-bat when Alicja Wolny hit a three-run home run to right. Two batters later, Kristin Austin hit an RBI triple down the right field line. Kat Lawrence entered in relief of Tingley and recorded the final out of the first.
St. John’s answered with some offense in the second. Stacia Dopudja led off the inning with a single up the middle off Louisville starter Kristen Wadwell. She advanced to second in the next at-bat. After Jenna Berger was hit by a pitch, Julia Sanchez loaded the bases with a single down the left field line. Chelsea Durning spun a pitch to the right of the circle, plating Dopudja for STJ’s first run.
The Cardinals added one run in the bottom of the second to push their lead to 6-1. With two outs, Melissa Roth scored from third base on a wild pitch.
The Red Storm pulled to within 6-2 in the third inning. Kacee Cox led off the frame with a double down the right field line and Chrissy Montez brought her home with a double to center field. Louisville scored four in the bottom of the third. With two outs and the bases loaded, Jennifer Esteban singled up the middle to plate Brittany York. Chelsea Bemis was hit by a pitch, bringing in Austin for UofL’s eighth run. The Cardinals’ lead grew to 10-2 when Colby Wherry hit a two-run single through the left side. Tingley re-entered the circle for St. John’s and induced a groundout to close out the inning.
In the fourth, Christina Roesel hit a one-out, pinch-hit single up the middle, scoring Wolny from second base.
Dopudja finished 2-of-2 at the plate with one run. Montez went 1-of-3 with one double and one RBI. Durning was 1-of-3 with one RBI. Cox finished 1-of-2 with one double, one walk and one run scored.
Tingley (1-4) took the loss after throwing two innings with six runs allowed. Lawrenced allowed five runs over two relief innings with three strikeouts. Collins (13-4) earned the win after striking out four and allowing one run over three innings of relief work.
St. John’s returns to Red Storm Field on Wednesday to take on local rival Iona starting at 4 p.m.
NOTES: Amber Curry’s stolen base in game three was her 20th on the year, making her just third STJ player all-time to record 20 steals in a single season…Stacia Dopudja was the Red Storm’s top hitter on the weekend, batting .375 (3-of-8) against the Cardinals one double and one run scored.