March 9, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – The University of Pittsburgh softball team dropped a 5-1 decision to NC State in the finale of the three game series on Sunday afternoon at the Dail Softball Stadium.
The Panthers were out-hit 10-3 and were constantly facing pressure from the Wolfpack as NC State had a leadoff hit to start every inning. The Panthers had a hard time dealing with the reigning ACC Pitcher of the Year Emily Weiman. Weiman threw seven innings today while allowing three hits and striking out 11 Pitt batters. For the weekend, she was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, allowed eight hits, struck out 18 batters and earned one save.
NC State jumped on top in the bottom of the first inning on a sacrifice fly from cleanup hitter Hanna Sommer. Wolfpack Leadoff batter Renada Davis opened the frame with a double down the left field line and was moved over to third on a ground out. Sommer then roped the ball to right field only to see Pitt outfielder Jordan Fannin make a great catch at the wall, but Davis would tag to give NC State a 1-0 lead.
The Wolfpack would tack on another run in the bottom of the second inning to take a 2-0 lead. After a leadoff single from Nadia Kemp and a groundout which moved her to second, Kemp crossed the plate with two outs on a wild pitch from King and then a throwing error from catcher Kathryn Duran who was trying to throw her out at third.
The Panthers got one run back in the top of the fifth inning to make the score 2-1 in favor of NC State. With one out, Ashlee Sills reached base on a close play at first which was ruled a throwing error on Weiman. Sills then stole second and the throw from NC State’s catcher Molly Hutchison hit Sills in the helmet and it went all the way to the warning track which allowed Sills to come around and score.
However, NC State responded in the home half of the inning with three runs on three hits. The big hit of the inning came from Sommer who had a two RBI single which brought the score to 4-1. State would tack on one more run courtesy of a Leah Jones RBI single.
In the top of the seventh inning, Carissa Throckmorton and Maggie Sevilla led off the inning with back-to-back hits and reached second and third on a passed ball with no outs, however, Weiman got a strikeout and two groundouts to end the threat as NC State completed the series sweep.
The Panthers return home to host their first ever ACC home series next weekend when they host North Carolina March 15-16.