Chelsea Leonard tosses complete game one-hitter in her collegiate debut

Posted by Andy Durham on February 15, 2010 at 11:27 am under College, High School | Comments are off for this article

*****All the way to the University of Louisville in Kentucky and on to the playing fields in Houston, Texas goes Chelsea Leonard from Central Davidson High School and from Carmine Pagano’s Carolina Acceleration Training Center inside the Greensboro Batting Center on High Point Road.*****

HOUSTON – In her collegiate debut, freshman Chelsea Leonard(Central Davidson/Carolina Acceleration) tossed a complete game one-hitter and struck out eight as the No. 21/22 University of Louisville softball team defeated No. 15/17 Baylor 4-1 in eight innings Friday in the Marriott Houston Hobby Classic. U of L defeated Kansas 10-2 in the first game of the tournament. The Cards (2-0) and the Lady Bears (0-1) met again Saturday.

“We were excited to get two wins against quality opponents today,” said U of L head coach Sandy Pearsall. “I was looking forward to seeing how our freshmen would perform and they did not disappoint. Our veterans came through at crucial times as well. If this team keeps growing, expect good things from them.”

The game against Baylor featured a pitchers’ duel through four and an half scoreless innings before Baylor’s Nicole Wesley broke up Louisville starter Chelsea Leonard’s no-hitter with a sharp single back to the pitcher. Wesley stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on KJ Freeland’s sacrifice bunt to give the Lady Bears a 1-0 lead.

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