Feb. 9, 2014
FULLERTON, Calif. - The University of Pittsburgh softball team (3-2) dropped a 2-1 decision to No. 2 Oklahoma (3-2) on the final day of the Easton Tournament at Anderson Field in Fullerton, Calif., despite junior pitcher Savannah King holding the Sooners to one hit.
King pitched six strong innings, allowing just one hit while striking four players. She finished the tournament with a 2-2 record.
Pitt started off the game strong scoring quickly in the first inning. Junior shortstop Carissa Throckmorton led off the game with a double to right center and advanced to third on a wild pitch by Oklahoma pitcher Kelsey Stevens. Throckmorton scored on the next play when sophomore outfielder Jordan Fannin hit an RBI single to second, giving Pitt the early 1-0 lead.
The Panthers held the Sooners scoreless until the fourth inning when designated player Leslie Miller hit a game-winning two-run homer to give the Sooners a 2-1 lead. This was Oklahoma's only hit of the game. The Panthers out-hit the Sooners 4-1.
Pitt looked to make a come back in the seventh inning after two scoreless innings in the fifth and sixth. Junior outfielder Carly Thea singled to left center to put a runner on for the Panthers but Oklahoma retired the next two Pitt batters to hold on and defeat Pitt by a score of 2-1.
The Panthers continue non-conference play next weekend when they travel to Tampa, Florida to take part in the USF Tournament. Pitt will face two more nationally ranked teams when the face No. 1 Tennessee and No. 23 USF.