Feb. 8, 2014
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The University of Pittsburgh softball team (2-0, 0-0) opened the 2014 season strong after defeating CSU Bakersfield (0-2, 0-0) 4-3 and 7-5 in a double header earlier today. Junior outfielder Carly Thea finished the day with a grand slam, a two-run home run and six RBI.
Game One: Pitt 4, CSU Bakersfield 3
Pitt trailed 3-2 going into the top of the sixth inning but Carly Thea changed that when she hit a two-run home run to give the Panthers a 4-3 win over CSU Bakersfield.
The Roadrunners got on the board early after a two-run single up the middle in the bottom of the first inning. Pitt responded quickly in the second as redshirt sophomore Maggie Sevilla blasted Pitt's first homerun of the season to make the score 2-1 Roadrunners. Sevilla went 2-for-3 in her first game back after a season ending injury early in the 2013 season.
CSU Bakersfield added another run in the bottom of the third to make it 3-1 but Pitt was able to keep it within one after a double by junior Carissa Throckmorton scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to make the score 3-2 in favor of CSU Bakersfield. In the top of the sixth inning, Thea put the Panthers up by one after knocking in two runs with her home run making the score 4-3.
The Panthers held the Roadrunners from scoring the remainder of the game giving Pitt a 4-3 victory to open the 2014 season.
Game Two: Pitt 7, CSU Bakersfield 5
Game two started off with a bang as Carissa Throckmorton hit her first home run of the 2014 season on the first pitch of game two giving Pitt a 1-0 lead through two innings.
Pitt tacked on 5 more runs in the third inning. Throckmorton singled to the left side to put a runner on base for Pitt. Throckmorton advanced to third on a single by outfielder Jordan Fannin followed by a Tori Nirschl walk. Sevilla knocked in Throckmorton and the first of the five runs when she singled to left field. The bases were left loaded for Carly Thea who struck again, this time hitting a grand slam to give the Panthers a 6-0 lead and her second home run of the day. Thea went 2-for-4 with 4 RBI in game two.
CSU Bakersfield scored two runs in the fifth inning and one in the sixth to bring the score to 6-3 with Pitt still leading. The Panthers were able to gain one more run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly to left field by junior pitcher Savannah King scoring Fannin who doubled to begin the inning. Fannin advanced to third on Nirschl's single to short setting up the sacrifice fly.
The Roadrunners threatened to make a comeback in the bottom seventh after scoring two runs but the Panthers were able to hold on to their lead and pick up their second win of the day with a final score of 7-5.
The Panthers will continue their opening weekend tomorrow in Fullerton, California where they will take on Loyola Marymount (0-2, 0-0) at 1 p.m. EST and tournament host Cal State Fullerton (2-0, 0-0) at 8:30 p.m. EST.
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