Trimble looking to stay hot for the Cardinals

University of Louisville senior leadoff hitter Jordan Trimble has been a key to the Cardinals' success in softball this season. Trimble is hitting .385 and has scored 49 runs, which ranks fifth in school history for a single season.

Jordan Trimble played her first softball game at Ulmer Stadium when she was in the eighth-grade playing for Southern High School.

"I feel like I've been here 100 years," Trimble said with a laugh.

Now a senior at the University of Louisville, Trimble is a key cog at the top of the lineup for the Cardinals program that is hosting an NCAA Regional this weekend.

The outfielder is batting .385 with 17 doubles, six home runs and 49 runs scored this season. The runs scored ranks fifth all-time in school history for a single season.

"She can do so many things for us," U of L softball coach Sandy Pearsall said. "She's just one of those kids that has a lot of confidence."

Trimble has 17 hits in the past 10 games for the Cardinals, scoring 13 runs during that span, including a grand slam in the Big East Tournament quarterfinal win over Syracuse last week in Tampa, Fla.

"My focus has been more on base hitting and getting on base because my team has been doing so well behind me," Trimble said.

And in recent weeks, it's really been working.

Trimble takes a .429 on-base percentage into this weekend's regional. The Cardinals are the No. 15 seed in the tournament and will play IPFW on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. after UAB and UCLA play at 5.

"Jordan just has to get confidence going and then she kicks it in," Pearsall said. "Sometimes you just have to go, ‘Hey you have to start playing and she kicks it in'. She's hard kid to read sometimes but she picks it up when we need it."

Trimble has been a standout for a long time.

Before starting at Manual High School as a freshman in high school, Trimble was an All-Region performer at Southern. She was an All-State selection at Manual and came to U of L with some lofty expectations.

As a freshman, Trimble started every game at second base for U of L but moved to centerfield as a sophomore when her season was cut short by an ankle injury.

Trimble started all 60 games, batted .310 and was named Big East Tournament Most Outstanding Player as a junior.

But this season, Trimble is 15 pounds lighter and said she "feels so much better trying to hit for singles and not for home runs." She has started 186 career games and has 60 hits in 156 plate appearances this season.

"I'm not a home run hitter this year," she said. "I get on base for big hitters to hit me in, and I've scored a lot of runs that way."

In her past 21 games, Trimble has batted .507 and has nine doubles, five home runs and 23 RBIs. She's only gone hitless 11 times this season.

"Showing slap allows me to see the ball a lot better," Trimble said.

Now Trimble wants to continue her success in what could be her final games at Ulmer Stadium. The winner of this week's double-elimination regional will play in next week's Super Regional.

"It's been an exciting season for me," she said. "You have kids who have seen me and (senior) Chrisanna Roberts play since we were like in the sixth grade.

"A lot of young kids are wanting to constantly talk to you and come to come to games and watch us play. It's been great. It's so much fun, especially winning on your home field."

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