Sophomore Tori Nirschl
March 8, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - The University of Pittsburgh softball team (8-10, 0-2 ACC) suffered a doubleheader sweep to the defending ACC Champs NC State (12-6, 5-0) on Saturday afternoon at the Dail Softball Stadium.
Pitt lost the first contest 9-0 in five innings and then sustained a 5-2 defeat in game two. Tori Nirschl was the only Pitt player with multiple hits today (2-6) as the Panthers collectively batted .143.
Game 1: NC State 9, Pitt 0 (Five Innings)
NC State scored nine runs on 11 hits and defeated the Panthers 9-0 in the opening game of the doubleheader.
The Wolfpack scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning on RBI singles from Chelsea Tate and Nadia Kemp. Pitt pitcher Savannah King issued three walks in the opening frame, and the last two walks would be costly as those base runners crossed the plate on Tate and Kemp singles.
NC State then opened the third inning with four straight singles and eventually scored four runs in the inning and sent nine batters to the plate. Renada Davis' RBI single would score the Wolfpack's fourth run of the inning which chased King from the game.
NC State would add three more runs in the fourth inning as Tate connected on a 3-run homer to give the Wolfpack a 9-0 lead. Tate was 3-3 at the plate with four RBI and scored one run.
Game 2: NC State 5, Pitt 2
Tori Nirschl hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning but it was not enough as NC State claimed game two by the score of 5-2.
The Wolfpack wasted little time getting ahead as Renada Davis led off the bottom of the first inning with a single and then scored three batters later on a double from cleanup hitter Hanna Sommer.
NC State then took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Lana Van Dyken hit a bases loaded single which plated Taylor Ross who walked and Kirsty Grant who reached on a fielding error.
Leading 4-0, NC State freshman pitcher Courtney Mirabella took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but that disappeared with Nirschl's two-run shot. Morgan Choe led off the inning with a walk, and then Nirschl took Mirabella deep to center to cut the deficit to 4-2.
The Panthers continued to apply pressure in the sixth inning as Maggie Sevilla and Carly Thea had back-to-back two out hits, but the inning would come to the end when Ashlee Sills lined out to third base on a very hard hit ball.
NC State added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Morgan Tharrington to make the score 5-2, and Pitt would go down 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh as NC State completed the doubleheader sweep.
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