COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Sophomore pitcher Alexa Larkin registered a career-high 10 strikeouts as the University of Pittsburgh softball team (1-2) won its first game of the season with a 1-0 victory against Stephen F. Austin (3-6) on Saturday morning at the Aggie Softball Complex.
Larkin went the distance, pitching seven innings and allowing just four hits with the 10 K's. Her previous high was eight strikeouts which she tallied on three different occasions last year.
After Larkin struck out the side to open the game, the Panthers scored the first and only run of the game in the bottom of the first, courtesy of Jordan Fannin. Fannin recorded her first career hit with a single through the left side, and was then moved over to second when Holly Stevens walked. A fielder's choice put Fannin on third, and she would eventually cross the plate on a wild pitch to give the Panthers a 1-0 advantage.
Larkin would be in control for the remainder of the game as the only time SFA threatened was in the fifth inning when Alisa Hamilton smacked two out double and reached third on a throwing error. Larkin however, would squash the threat by getting Cadie Weaver to pop out.
Taylor Henry was 2-for-2 with a walk, while Maggie Sevilla was 2-for-3 to lead the Panthers at the Plate. Pitt out-hit the Ladyjacks eight to four.
The Panthers are back in action tonight with a rematch against No. 11/10 Texas A&M. First pitch is set for 6:15 p.m. EST.