Feb. 17, 2013
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – In a battle of future ACC foes, the University of Pittsburgh softball team (1-4) was defeated by No. 23/rv North Carolina (7-5) by a score of 4-2 on Sunday morning in the finale of the Aggie Classic.
"Obviously there are a number of things we need to improve upon, but we are committed and determined to do that," head coach Holly Aprile said. "Making adjustments at the plate is a point of emphasis for us, as well as tightening up our defense. I expect to have two good days of practice next week and for us to be focused and ready to go for South Dakota St."
UNC’s first baseman Constance Orr provided the game’s first two runs in the bottom of the second inning with her second long ball of the season which just cleared the left field wall. She drove in Kristen Brown who led off with a single.
The Tar Heels tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the third inning. Catcher Tisha Mahon opened the inning with a single and then stole second. She was moved over to third on a ground out and then crossed the plate on a RBI single Erin Satterfield. The next batter was Haleigh Dickey and she doubled to right center which scored Satterfield and knocked starting pitcher Alexa Larkin out of the game.
Pitt cut the UNC deficit in half in the top of the sixth. Carly Thea led off the inning with a double, which Tori Nirschl then followed with an RBI double, scoring Thea. Jordan Fannin was next up and sacrificed Nirschl to third, and two batter later Maggie Sevilla’s bloop single scored Nirschl.
The Panthers would not be able to generate any offense in the top of the seventh as UNC’s pitcher Lori Spingola registered two of her career-high tying 14 strikeouts in the inning.
Savannah King pitched 3.2 innings of relief work for the Panthers and did not allow a hit while striking out four Tar Heels.
Maggie Sevilla led the Panthers at the plate this weekend with a .429 batting average, six hits, two RBI and two doubles.
The Panthers are back in action next weekend at the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic hosted by Western Kentucky. Along with playing WKU, Pitt will face South Dakota St., Dayton, Western Michigan and Valparaiso.