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IPFW to face tough Louisville squad in NCAAs

Bousquet powers Mastodons to first-ever trip to tournament

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 11:08 pm

A three-run sixth inning, capped off by a Brittany Kachur bases-loaded walk, propelled IPFW into its first-ever NCAA Softball Tournament appearance, as the Mastodons topped North Dakota State 7-4 in the Summit League Tournament championship game on Saturday.

IPFW drew Louisville on Sunday in the first round of the tournament, with games to be played in Louisville.

Also in the region will be UAB and UCLA.

The Mastodons and Cardinals will face off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, while UAB and UCLA will play prior to the IPFW game.

IPFW dropped its initial game on Saturday, but was led by Summit League Tournament MVP Ashleigh Bousquet, who hit two home runs and batted .667 for the day. She also scored three times.

Megan Flenniken picked up the win for the Mastodons in the second game, striking out 15 batters on the day in 10.2 innings of work, and walking one.

Alex Bousquet, Miranda Kramer, Flenniken, and Audrey Mintari were each also named to the All-Tournament Team, along with MVP Bousquet.

With the victory, IPFW coach Amy Tudor moved past former coach Keith Fisher into the school wins record. Tudor now has 135 wins (with just 62 losses) for a percentage of .685, which is also a program-best.

Ashleigh Bousquet also became the program's all-time hits and total bases in the final game of the weekend, widening her lead in the career marks in RBI's.

Louisville (46-11) is paced by a balanced offense that has seven regular players hitting above .300,

The pitching staff has seen a pair of pitchers used nearly evenly, with Rachel LeCoq sitting with a 21-7 overall record and 97 strikeouts in 171.1 innings of work, while Caralisa Connell is 25-4 with a 2.24 ERA and 206 strikeouts in 193.2 innings.