Feb. 8, 2009
Miami, Fla. -
The Louisville Cardinals rallied from a two-run hole for a 5-3 win over the Auburn softball team Sunday in the championship game of the FIU Tournament.
The Tigers dropped to 4-1 on the season, while Louisville improved to 5-0 and claimed the FIU Tournament title. Auburn returns to action Tuesday at Jacksonville State. Game time is set for 6 p.m.
Anna Thompson (1-1) took the loss after throwing just 1.1 innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on three hits with one walk, one strikeout and one hit batter. Jenee Loree tossed the final 4.2 innings, allowing two hits and striking out three.
Kristen Wadwell (3-0) earned the win in relief, throwing 6.0 innings and scattering five hits. Tori Collins started, but was pulled after 1.0 inning. Collins gave up three runs, all earned, on three hits.
Louisville took advantage of an Auburn error to get their first run of the game. Melissa Roth opened the bottom of the first with a line drive to left that Tatiana Fernandez dropped. After a sac bunt moved Roth to second, Kristi Cunningham brought her home with a double to left and a 1-0 Louisville lead.
The Tigers quickly erased the deficit, taking the lead in the top of the second inning. Back-to-back singles to open the frame by Myesha Finney and Elizabeth Eisterhold put runners at second and first, respectively. Lauren Guzman was hit by a pitch to load bases with no outs.
Alexa Martinez followed with a double to the wall in center that cleared the bases and gave Auburn a 3-1 lead.
The Cardinals responded in the bottom of the second, however, when Vanessa James singled home a pair of runs to tie the game at 3-3. Loree was then brought in for Thompson with runners at second and third and one out. Chelsea Bemis followed with a sac fly to right that plated another run and gave Louisville a 4-3 edge. A wild pitch by Loree allowed James to score and push the Louisville lead to 5-3.
Wadwell held the Tigers in check from there. A pair of singles in the top of the seventh from Taryn Gray and Amber Harrison gave the Tigers a chance, but Wadwell got a two infield pop ups to end the game and seal the 5-3 Cardinals' win.