Feb. 16, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – A fifth inning rally was not enough as the University of Pittsburgh softball team (1-3) dropped a hard fought battle to No. 11/10 Texas A&M (9-0) on Saturday evening by a score of 9-5 at the Aggie Softball Complex.
“It was good to see us come alive offensively. We hit the ball really well. Texas A&M is a great hitting team and we were right there with them, we just missed a couple of opportunities that could have changed the outcome of the game.”
The Panthers got off to an ideal start by scoring two runs in the top of the first. Leadoff batter Tori Nirschl reached base safely on an error by second baseman Jenna Stark. She would score when Taylor Henry doubled down the left field line with two outs. Maggie Sevilla, who walked prior to Henry’s double, scored from third when Carissa Throckmorton hit a shot down the third base line which Amber Garza could not field cleanly.
After starting pitcher Savanna King kept the Aggies of the board in the bottom of the first, A&M erupted in the second with five runs on six hits to gain a 5-2 lead. The crushing blow came on a three run homer by Stark, who atoned for her error in the first inning.
Two more runs crossed the plate for the Aggies in the home half of the third inning as A&M grabbed a 7-2 lead. After left fielder Ashlee Sills made one of her two spectacular diving catches and doubled up the A&M runner at first, the Aggies followed with three consecutive hits, including a two RBI double by leadoff hitter Emily Albus.
A solo home run to right field by Cassie Tysarczyk gave A&M an 8-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth, but Pitt would not go quietly as they put together three runs in the top of the fifth to cut the Aggie deficit to 8-5.
Carly Thea got things started with a one out single, which was followed by a two-run shot to center field by Holly Stevens. It was Stevens’ first homer of the season and the 28th of her career. Maggie Sevilla followed Stevens with a double to left center and was brought around on another double to left field by Carissa Throckmorton. Kailia Balatgek was next up and hit a shot down the line, but right at A&M’s third baseman which ended the rally.
After allowing one run in the bottom of the sixth, the Panthers had one last rally in the top of the seventh but could not capitalize with runners in scoring position with one out, as the Aggies secured the 9-5 victory.
The Panthers conclude action at the Aggie Classic tomorrow morning against 23/rv North Carolina. First pitch is set for 11 a.m. EST