March 10, 2013
TEMPE, Ariz. – The University of Pittsburgh softball team (9-9) fell to UC Davis (12-13) by a score of 2-0 in the Panthers final game of the Diamond Devil Classic hosted by Arizona State University.
Tori Nirschl recorded Pitt’s only hit of the day, while Holly Stevens was the only other base runner as she reached on a walk in the first inning. UC Davis pitcher Justine Vela (8-1) threw a complete game and struck out 14 Pitt batters.
The Aggies plated their first run in the bottom of the opening inning when Kayla Tyler crossed the plate via and Amy Nunez single to left field off of starting pitcher Savannah King.
King would settle down and retire eight of the next nine batters to keep the score 1-0 in favor of the Aggies. UC Davis added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth when Tyler knocked home Megan Guzman with an RBI double.
In the top of the seventh inning, Carissa Throckmorton was robbed of an extra base hit as she took a 1-2 count to deep right center field, only to see Guzman make a juggling catch at the wall for the second out of the inning. Vela would then tally her 14th K to end the game.
King (5-6) went six innings, allowing seven hits and the two runs, both of which were earned.
Pitt looks to rebound next weekend when the Panthers travel to Fairfax, Va. to participate in the Cherry Blossom Classic hosted by George Mason. Pitt will face the host Colonials, along with Canisius and Ohio State.