March 10, 2017Pitt Falls to East Carolina, 8-2
GREENVILLE, N.C. – The University of Pittsburgh softball team fell in its second contest with East Carolina, 8-2, Friday afternoon at ECU Softball Field in Greenville, N.C.
The Panthers move to 14-7 on the season following the loss to the Pirates [14-10].
At the plate, Pitt and ECU both tallied nine hits but the Panthers were only able to produce three runs compared to the Pirates’ eight.
Junior McKayla Taylor and sophomore Olivia Gray each tallied two hits on the day while five other Pitt players tallied one. Gray recorded two RBIs in the game, scoring Taylor twice in the contest.
Freshman pitcher Brittany Knight tallied the Panthers’ third RBI on a ground out in the fourth.
Junior pitcher Kayla Harris got the start for Pitt, but was pulled in the first inning after giving up three runs on two hits and two walks. Knight replaced the junior, but also struggled, giving up four runs. Sophomore Sarah Dawson finished the game for the Panthers, tossing 2.1 innings.
HOW IT HAPPENED
In the opening inning of play, a pair of walks and three hits led to three runs scored for ECU.
With two away and runners on first and second after a single and walk, a second walk issued by Harris loaded the bases. In the next at-bat, a single to center field scored two runs, giving ECU a 2-0 edge.
Knight replaced Harris in the circle following the first round of runs, but in her opening batter faced, the freshman gave up a single to center bringing around the Pirates’ third run.
East Carolina added another run to the board in the third to take a 4-0 lead on a solo home run by Meredith Burroughs.
Pitt plated its first run of the game in the fourth inning on a ground out by Knight. Freshmen Valerie Ortega and Connor McGaffic roped back-to-back hits to set up runners on second and third for Knight, who hit a ball to the right side allowing pinch runner Marissa DeMatteo to cross the plate.
ECU continued to put the bats to work, as two home runs in the bottom of the fourth led to a four-run frame for the Pirates. All with two away, ECU produced a three-run shot and a solo to take an 8-1 lead.
The Panthers tallied run number two in the fifth as Gray brought home Taylor after both produced hits.
Trailing 8-2 heading into the final inning, Gray scored Taylor once again to bring the score to 8-3 but was unable to string any other hits together.
The Panthers will conclude play at East Carolina Softball Field in Greenville, N.C. Saturday, March 11 with a single game against No. 13 JMU at 10 a.m.
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