SOFTBALL | GU Looks to Keep Tourney Spot Against No. 8 UL
April 26, 2013 - 2:01am
As the semester comes to a close on the Hilltop, so, too, does the Big East season for the Georgetown softball team (19-28, 8-8 Big East). Still sitting in fifth place in the Big East, the Hoyas have just six conference games left on their 2013 slate.
The Blue and Gray will play three of those games this weekend, as they travel to Kentucky with the baseball team for what is sure to be a challenging three-game series against No. 8 Louisville (42-7, 15-1 Big East).
“We have played a very good schedule,” Head Coach Pat Conlan said. “But I would [say] that Louisville will be the best team that we have played.”
Louisville enters the series following a surprising 2-1 loss to No. 19 Kentucky on Wednesday night; even so, the Cardinals have not lost in the Big East since March 29 and, prior to the Kentucky loss, had won 15 games in a row.
Louisville is dangerous on both sides of the ball. While its prolific offense averages over eight runs a game in the Big East, the pitching staff — led by junior Rachel LeCoq (15-4) and junior Caralisa Connell (24-2) — is allowing fewer than two runs a game in league play.
“Louisville can hit for average and power, run, play defense and have a quality pitching staff,” Conlan said. “From top to bottom, they are a very explosive team.”
That said, Conlan noted that “we always focus on playing against the game, not the opponent.”
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