LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The softball Cardinals saw their season come to a close while the baseball Cardinals inched closer to hosting a regional and a super-regional.
U of L fell to BYU 6-4 in an elimination game of the Columbia, Missouri NCAA Softball regional Friday afternoon.
Louisville grabbed a 2-1 lead in the first on Maryssa Becker's 10th home run of the season, a two-run shot to left. The Cougars regained the lead on Libby Sugg's three-run homer off Freshman Megan Hensley in the third. Down 6-2 in the sixth, the Cardinals Nicole Pufahl cracked a two-run homer, but U of L got no closer.
"This team has grown a lot over the year and has overcome a lot of adversity, so I'm pretty proud of them for getting here," said U of L head coach Sandy Pearsall. "We've struggled a little bit knowing what our pitching would give us from day-to-day and defensively we've been making some silly mistakes all year and that showed up again today. These are the things we need to work on throughout the summer and the fall next year to get right back at it."
Hensley took the loss to fall to 15-6. The Cardinals finished the season at 35-17.
The Louisville baseball nine clinched its series in Winston-Salem with a 9-2 win over Wake Forest as they close in on one of the top national seeds and with it the opportunity to host regional and super regional games.
Drew Harrington became the third Louisville pitcher to win 11 games with seven innings of three-hit, shutout baseball. The Junior Lefthander from Elizabethtown struck out three and improved to 11-1 on the season and 8-0 in the ACC.
The Cardinal offense provided 15 hits including a three-hit game from Brendan McKay and two each from Nick Solak, Devin Hairston and Drew Ellis. Corey Ray and Will Smith added two-run homers.
U of L (45-10, 21-8) closes the series with Wake Forest and its regular season Saturday at 1:00 pm
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