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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Louisville pitcher Kristen Wadwell allowed just three hits and one run in a complete game effort and left fielder Kassie Stanfill delivered a 3-for-4 effort with two RBIs as the Cardinals (31-22) eliminated Winthrop (36-19) from the Knoxville Regional with a 4-1 triumph on May 17th. With the win U of L advances to a 5:30 p.m. contest against No. 14 Tennessee (48-15) on Saturday evening at the Lee Softball Stadium for the right to advance to Sunday’s championship day.
Louisville wasted no time jumping in front of Winthrop in the bottom of the first, with the benefit of a pair of one-out walks issued to first baseman Sarah Totten and third baseman Chelsea Bemis. Left fielder Kassie Stanfill followed by blasting a two-RBI triple into the gap in right center and to the wall granting the Cardinals a quick 2-0 lead.
The U of L advantage became three scores in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI single from first baseman Sarah Totten. Her hit plated pitcher Kristen Wadwell, who had christened the frame with a base knock just over the top of the first base bag.
Winthrop’s Lenny Stoddart registered the Eagles first hit with a ringing double into the gap in left center with one retired in the top of the fifth inning. Following a strikeout of pinch hitter Lauren Levin, WU second baseman Sarah Magee ripped a single just past a diving Colby Wherry at short and into center to score Stoddart from second, cutting Louisville’s lead to 3-1.
The Red, Black & White answered back immediately in the bottom of the fifth with a single tally. Stanfill christened the inning with a double to left center and advanced to third on a base hit to center field off the bat of Wherry. Right fielder Brittany York delivered a sharp bouncer back to the circle that ricocheted off the pitcher and to the second baseman for a run-scoring fielder’s choice as Louisville nabbed a 4-1 advantage.
With one retired in the top of the seventh and Winthrop in desperate need of base runners, Stoddart managed a one-out walk off Wadwell. The base runner was left standing on first as catcher Carole Reda struck out and Magee grounded out to eliminate the Eagles and advance Louisville into this evening’s match-up with the Lady Vols at 5:30 p.m. ET.