U of L softball edges IPFW in NCAA opener

It was survive and advance for the University of Louisville softball team on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinals edged IPFW 2-1 in the opening round of the regionals before about 1,000 fans at Ulmer Stadium.

The University of Louisville softball team won its first game in the NCAA Regional on Friday night, edging IPFW 2-1 at Ulmer Stadium.

The Cardinals scored a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the lead and then Rachel Le Coq worked out of a jam in the seventh.

U of L (47-11) will now play UAB, a 6-3 winner over UCLA, on Saturday in the 2 p.m. game with the two first game losers' playing at 4:30 p.m. There will be a losers' bracket game at 7:30 p.m. in the double-elimination contest.

Le Coq (22-7) finished the game allowing just three hits and one run, while striking out five and walking one.

Right fielder Hannah Kiyohara drove in the first run for U of L in the fifth inning, while Jennifer Esteban drove in the game-winning with a line drive up the middle.

U of L had six hits and also had two errors in the game.

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