SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 07, 2009
Softball falls to Louisville at FIU Combat Classic, 2-0
Freshman right-handed pitcher Sarah Sigrest was equally effective for the second consecutive day, but a Cardinal’s first inning home run lifted Louisville past the JU softball team, 2-0, on Saturday at the FIU Combat Classic in Miami, Fla.

The Cardinals (4-0) got a two-run home run from Chelsea Bemis to get all the offense they needed in the win. The Dolphins (1-2) were held to just a pair of hits from sophomore Kayla Ouellet in the game.

“Despite the loss, we are still playing good right now,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “Defensively, we have been performing great. Our offense has been hitting well, but it has been right at someone each time. Once our hits find holes, we will start rolling.”

Louisville starter Kristen Waldwell (2-0) earned the shutout win, striking out three batters and walking one.

Sigrest (1-1) took the loss, despite keeping the Dolphins in the game by holding the Cardinals to four singles (two infield hits) following the home run. She struck out four batters in seven innings.

Louisville’s Melissa Roth got hit by pitch from Sigrest to lead off the top of the first inning. After a strikeout to Patrika Barlow, Bemis drove a pitch over the left field fence for the game-winning runs.

Waldwell stifled the JU batters by holding the Dolphins to just one hit through the first three innings.

In the fourth inning, Ouellet led off with an infield single to third for the Dolphins. Ouellet stole second during the Katie Kelly’s at bat and then go to third on a groundout by Brie Carmack. With two outs and Ouellet at third, Waldwell got Kelly McKeon to fly out to left field and end the scoring threat.

Carmack drew a one-out to open JU’s seventh inning, but Waldwell retired the next two batters to secure the Cardinals’ win.

The Dolphins finish the second day of the FIU Combat Classic tonight against No. 18 North Carolina at 8:45 p.m.