Tony Jones | April 4, 2017
Making the most of two separate big innings on offense, the University of Notre Dame softball team scored three in the fourth and two in the fifth on Sunday as part of a 6-4 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) decision over Louisville at Ulmer Stadium. The matinee victory clinched the ACC weekend series in favor of the Irish.
How It Happened
Louisville (20-10, 4-2 ACC) struck for its first run following an RBI single in the bottom of the opening inning to take a 1-0 lead. Notre Dame (19-13, 6-5 ACC) starter Katie Beriont forced a groundout to third base to end the frame.
Caitlyn Brooks opened the Notre Dame top of the second with a sharp single to right field, reaching second after an error on a hard-hit ball by Katie Marino. Two Irish strikeouts left the runners stranded on the pond.
Notre Dame broke through against the Louisville pitching staff in the top of the fourth. Melissa Rochford was hit by a pitch top open the inning, and Kimmy Sullivan brought her home with an RBI triple to left center that tied the game at 1-1. Sara White immediately followed with an RBI single up the middle to score Sullivan for the 2-1 Irish advantage. Karley Wester kept the sequence alive with an RBI single down the left field line with two outs to score White and vault Notre Dame ahead 3-1.
Beriont worked around a leadoff single in the bottom of the fourth inning to stall the Louisville offense. A line drive double play to White at first base and a groundout to Morgan Reed at shortstop kept the hosts off the scoreboard.