Tops Fall in Mid-Week 1-0 Decision at Louisville

April 19, 2017

Final Stats

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Behind a complete-game showing from senior pitcher Kathryn Downing, WKU Softball dropped a 1-0 decision at Louisville despite holding the Cardinals to a single run for just the third time in series history. Freshman Adarian Gray registered the Hilltoppers’ hit on the day while WKU stranded four runners on the base paths.

“It was a great opportunity to come in and play an ACC squad and we were able to keep ourselves in this game with our pitching and defense,” WKU head coach Amy Tudor stated. “I felt like defensively we put ourselves in a great spot to win today. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get our bunts down and that proved to be a game changer.”

The Red and White remain above .500 at 24-23 with the non-conference loss while Louisville improved to 26-14.

Paige Carter got things going in the top of the first inning with a lead-off five-pitch walk but after stealing second, the freshman ended up stranded. WKU had its best chance of the day to score in the top of the third inning after Taylor Proctor took her Conference USA-high 21st hit by pitch of the season to lead off the frame. With two down, Kara Brewer drew an eight-pitch walk to move Proctor into scoring position but both Hilltoppers were left stranded.

In the bottom of the third, Louisville had the go-ahead run 60 feet from the plate with two outs, but the Hilltoppers got out of the jam as Morgan McElroy took care of a ground out to the right side.

Gray battled in the top of the fourth inning with the Louisville pitcher before finding some green in right-center field. The freshman moved into scoring position on a wild pitch, but would end up stuck there.

Louisville plated the lone run of the day in the bottom of the fourth inning after the Cardinals capitalized on a lead-off double. A sacrifice bunt moved the runner to third base before Louisville knocked its only other hit of the inning to plate the Cardinal.

WKU made contact throughout the contest, but couldn’t find any green in the outfield, recording 15 fly outs on the day.

In the circle, Downing moved to 13-10, with six of those losses coming by two runs or less. Downing tossed just 79 pitches with a strikeout while limiting Louisville to five hits.

“I thought that Kat pretty much dominated that game in the circle; she threw a really good game and I’m proud of her,” added Tudor.

WKU resumes Conference USA action this weekend on The Hill as Southern Miss comes to town. Prior to the first pitch of Saturday’s doubleheader at noon CT, the Hilltoppers will honor seniors Kathryn Downing, Taylor Proctor and team manager Kelsey Jernigan.

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