March 4, 2017UNC Outlasts Pitt, 6-2, in Second Game of Series
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The 21st-ranked Pitt softball team dropped its second conference game of the season to North Carolina, 6-2, Saturday afternoon at Anderson Softball Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Panthers [12-4, 0-2 ACC] struggled to score against the Tar Heels [14-4, 2-0 ACC] despite tallying seven hits. North Carolina’s six hits, which included two home runs, produced six runs, which gave the Tar Heels the advantage.
Senior Kaitlin Manuel recorded Pitt’s two RBIs of the game on her lone single of the game in the top of the sixth. Other Panther hitters included sophomore Alexis Solak and freshman Valerie Ortega, who each had two hits apiece, while juniors McKayla Taylor and Giorgiana Zeremenko each tallied one.
On the mound, junior Kayla Harris started her second game of the weekend for Pitt, tossing 3.0 innings before being relieved by freshman Brittany Knight.
Harris gave up five hits and five earned runs, while striking out three. Knight gave up just a single hit through 3.0 innings pitched and one earned run, but walked four.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Back-to-back RBI singles by the Tar Heels’ two and three hitters led to a 2-0 advantage in the first for North Carolina. A leadoff walk and a stolen base set up the first run, while two-hitter Taylor Wike advanced to second on the throw home trying to catch leadoff hitter Leah Murry. Wike scored on the next play, a single up the middle by Berlynne Delamora.
UNC added one to its total in the third following a solo shot to right field and took a 5-0 lead in the fourth on a two-run shot by Katie Bailiff.
Pitt got on the board in the top of the sixth, scoring two runs on four hits, with both RBIs coming from Manuel. Taylor and Solak led off with consecutive singles, before a one-out single from Ortega loaded the bases. With runners in scoring position, Manuel smacked a hard hit single that ricocheted off the pitcher’s glove, allowing both Taylor and Solak to cross the plate.
North Carolina’s final run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth as Knight issued a bases-loaded walk.
Pitt will conclude its series with North Carolina, Sunday, March 5 at 1 p.m. at Anderson Softball Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.
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