Feb. 8, 2014
FULLERTON, Calif. - The University of Pittsburgh softball team (3-1, 0-0) split on its second day of competition in the Easton Tournament in Fullerton, Calif. on Saturday with a win against Loyola Marymount and a loss to Cal State Fullerton.
The Panthers topped Loyola (0-4, 0-0) by a score of 4-3 in the opening contest, and then dropped a game to Cal State Fullerton (4-0, 0-0) by a score of 7-4.
Game One: Pitt 4, Loyola Marymount 3
Pitt picked up its third straight win of the season after defeating Loyola Marymount 4-3 early this morning. Redshirt sophomore Maggie Sevilla hit her second homerun of the season to help seal the Panther victory and to give Pitt its first 3-0 start since 2011.
Junior shortstop Carissa Throckmorton began the bottom of the first inning with a triple for the Panthers. Sophomore outfielder Jordin Fannin grounded out to second on the next play scoring Throckmorton. Throckmorton scored on a close play at the plate to give Pitt a 1-0 lead at the end of the first inning.
Pitt put up three more runs in the third inning when Sevilla hit a 3-run home run over the left field fence to boost the Panthers lead to 4-0. Loyola Marymount threatened to score in the top of the fourth inning with the bases loaded but Pitt was able to hold them scoreless.
Junior pitcher Savannah King held the Lions scoreless through six innings but Loyola Marymount scored three runs on a home run in the final inning to make the score 4-3 with Pitt still leading.
The Panthers were able to get out of the inning safely to beat the Lions 4-3.
Game Two: Cal State Fullerton 7, Pitt 4
Both the University of Pittsburgh and Cal State Fullerton softball teams came out with their bats alive in the first inning of the game. Pitt put up their four runs of the game in the top of the first on doubles by Sevilla and sophomore outfielder Ashley Sills. The Titans responded quickly in the bottom half of the inning when their leadoff hitter hit a solo homerun to put the on the board. Cal State Fullerton added one more run later in the first inning making the score 4-2 in favor of Pitt.
Neither team struck again until the bottom of the fourth inning when the Titans tacked on an additional two runs to tie the game at 4-4 with only three innings remaining.
In the bottom of the sixth inning Cal State Fullerton took the lead after Pitt gave up three more runs. Cal State led 7-4 going into the seventh inning.
The Panthers were unable to make up the runs giving Pitt its first loss of the season by a score of 7-4.
The Panthers will play their final game in California tomorrow when they take on the defending National Champions Oklahoma at Noon EST. The Sooners currently ranked No. 2 in the ESPN.com Top 25 poll.
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