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Softball Blasts Oregon State 8-0

Your lovely University of Louisville softball team handed No. 15 Oregon State its largest postseason loss ever by blasting the Beavers 8-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Regional, in a game that was called after the fifth inning due to the mercy rule.

Card Chronicle crush Courtney (alliteration) Moore led the offense going 2 for 3 with four RBI, three of which came on a three-run bomb in the top of the fourth.

"I was pleased with how aggressively our team played and how relaxed they were," said U of L head coach Sandy Pearsall about her team's win over her alma mater. "We definitely respect Oregon State's power and came ready to play today. We knew we would have to bring our best game to beat them."

Louisville hurler Kristen Wadwell tossed a five-inning shutout, allowing just three hits.

Conversely, the Cards - led by Moore's big day at the dish - ripped 11 hits. Cassie Stanfill was 2 for 3 with an RBI, and first-team All Big East third baseman Audrey Rendon was 2 for 4 with two runs scored and a stolen base.

"Louisville came out to play and swung the bats well," said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. "We didn't."

The Cards will now face No. 9 Michigan, which knocked off Eastern Michigan 3-0 in the other opening round game in the Ann Arbor regional. First pitch is scheduled for Noon on Saturday.