Virginia Drops Doubleheader With Louisville
Box Score March 18, 2016
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Cavaliers couldn’t get the scoring offense going on Friday (March 18) as Virginia (8-20, 0-5 ACC) dropped both games of a doubleheader to Louisville (18-6, 4-1 ACC) at The Park.
Katie Park (Scottsdale, Ariz.) gave Virginia its only runs of the afternoon with a two-run shot in the first inning of game two. The Cavaliers fell 2-0 in game one and 7-2 in game two as errors put the game out of reach late.
Virginia and Louisville will close the series at 10 a.m. Saturday. The game was moved up to the morning due to expected inclement weather in the area.
Louisville 2, Virginia 0
Erika Osherow (Darien, Conn.) allowed two runs on four hits with a walk and three strikeouts in the complete-game effort. Osherow fell to 6-12 on the season with the loss.
Maryssa Becker (8-4) picked up the win, allowing one hit with three walks and five strikeouts in the shutout.
Louisville struck in the second inning, getting a two-RBI single up the middle from Sarah Lopesilvero that put the Cardinals on top 2-0. Jenna Jordan and Nicole Pufahl scored on the play after reaching on a walk and a single with one out.
They were the only runs scored in the game as the Cardinals opened the series with a 2-0 victory.
Virginia got its best chance in the third inning, loading the bases with two outs. The Cardinals answered the challenge, however, holding the Cavaliers off the board with a strikeout to end the inning.
Louisville 7, Virginia 2
Katie Park (Scottsdale, Ariz.) hit a two-run home run, her sixth home run of the season to give Virginia its first lead of the game, but errors in the sixth inning opened the door for Louisville in game two of the afternoon.
Allison Davis (Oak Hill, Va.) took the loss in relief for the Cavaliers, falling to 1-3 on the season. She allowed one run on two hits in 1.0 inning of relief. Lacy Smith (Lancaster, Pa.) made the start, allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts through 3.0 innings of work. She left the game with two on and no outs in the fourth.
Megan Hensley (10-2) picked up the win for the Cardinals, allowing the two runs on seven hits with a walk and a strikeout.
Louisville scored first for the second straight game, pushing a run across in the first inning on a sacrifice fly from Hensley. Melton scored on the play to give the Cardinals the 1-0 lead after reaching on a single, stealing second and taking third on a wild pitch.
Park gave the Cavaliers the first lead of the day in the home half of the inning, belting out a two-run shot to put Virginia on top 2-1. Allie Anson (Aledo, Texas) scored on the play after leading off the inning with a single up the middle.
The Cardinals pushed two runs across in the fourth to take the lead back before exploding for four more runs in the sixth. Back-to-back errors with one out started the rally and Louisville led 7-2 before Virginia could get out of the inning.
The Cavaliers couldn’t answer with a rally as Louisville claimed the game and the series.
Louisville 2, Virginia 0 (Mar 18, 2016 at Charlottesville, VA) (Game 1)
Louisville………. 020 000 0 – 2 4 0 (17-6, 3-1)
Virginia………… 000 000 0 – 0 1 0 (8-19, 0-4)
Pitchers: Louisville – Maryssa Becker and Alison Szydlowski. Virginia – and Katie Park.
Win-Maryssa Becker(8-4) Loss-Erika Osherow(6-12) T-1:23 A-0
Weather: Sunny 66
Louisville 7, Virginia 2 (Mar 18, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va.) (Game 2)
Louisville………. 100 204 0 – 7 9 0 (18-6, 4-1)
Virginia………… 200 000 0 – 2 7 2 (8-20, 0-5)
Pitchers: Louisville – Megan Hensley and Alison Szydlowski. Virginia – Erika Osherow;
Lacy Smith(4); Allison Davis(7) and Katie Park.
Win-Megan Hensley(10-2) Loss-Allison Davis(1-3) T-2:00 A-78
HR VA – Katie Park (8).
Weather: Sunny 66
Smith faced 2 batters in the 4th.