March 10, 2012
LAKEWOOD, Calif.—The University of Pittsburgh softball team earned their third extra-inning win of the season, claiming a 3-2 decision over UNLV on the second day of the Long Beach State Invitational on Saturday at 49er Softball Complex.
The Panthers (11-5) improved to 3-1 in eight-inning contests, including victories over Illinois (1-0) and Lehigh (4-2) earlier this season.
Pitt recorded the win after senior Kelly Hmiel tallied the game-winning RBI that allowed freshman Maggie Sevilla to score. Hmiel’s groundball was muffed by UNLV’s (10-12) infield, which resulted in Pitt’s third run of the contest. The eighth inning began with Sevilla being placed on second due to international tiebreaker rules. Sevilla moved to third with a sacrifice bunt from senior Kristen Cheesebrew.
The Panthers forced the game into an extra frame after posting two runs off three hits and a UNLV error. First, Sevilla stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and earned a RBI when senior Niki Cognigni scored an unearned run thanks to a throwing error. Next, senior Jessica Rhodunda tied the game at 2-2 when she tagged on a sacrifice fly to center field by Cheesebrew. Rhodunda was pinch running for senior Yvette Bravo, who singled earlier in the inning.
Freshman Savannah King (9-3) collected her second win of the day, tossing three complete innings and giving up just one hit. Defensively, King held the Rebels off the scoreboard with two strikeouts in the seventh inning. Bravo caught a fly ball to end that frame. Later in the eighth, King stuck out the first batter, while Bravo caught a foul ball and Hmiel scooped up a ground ball.
Freshman Alexa Larkin made the start in the circle, allowing two runs off five hits in five innings of work.
UNLV held the early lead after scoring a single run in both the second and fourth stanzas.
The Panthers face UCLA at noon on Sunday in their final game of the Long Beach State Invitational.
Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
UNLV 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 6 2
Pitt 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 4 1
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