March 16, 2013
FAIRFAX, Va. - Pitcher Lauren Vinson recorded her first career win as a Panther and drove in two runs to lead the University of Pittsburgh softball team (10-11) to a 9-2 victory against Canisius on Saturday afternoon at the George Mason Softball Complex.
Carissa Throckmorton was a triple shy of the cycle as she finished 3-for-3 on the afternoon, and Tori Nirschl hit two home runs, bringing her total to six on the season. Vinson threw a complete game and was very efficient as she threw just 82 pitches and only allowed three hits.
Besides the bottom of the first, the Panthers plated a run in every inning and out-hit Canisius 9-3.
Pitt struck first in the bottom of the second inning courtesy of a Savannah King RBI. Carissa Throckmorton reached base with a leadoff single to center field, and advanced to second on a throwing error. King then drove in her 11th run of the year with a shot down the left field line.
Tori Nirschl provided the Panthers with a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning with her fifth home run of the season. Nirschl took Canisius starting pitcher Jen Consaul out of the park to left center field.
The Panthers broke the game open with four runs in the home half of the fourth. Pitt loaded the bases with a Throckmorton double, a King walk and a fielding error by the Canisus third baseman which put Kaila Balatgek on first. That brought Vinson to the plate and she gave the Panthers a 4-0 lead with a two-RBI single through the right side.
Jordan Fannin then drove in the first two runs of her career two batters later with a double to left center field, making the score 6-0 in favor of the Panthers.
Throckmorton made it 7-0 in the bottom of the fifth with a solo shot to right center for her fourth-round tripper of the year.
Canisius scored its only two runs of the day in the top of the sixth, but Nirschl got both runs back in the bottom of the sixth with her second home run of the day. She also plated Fannin who reached on a hit in the previous at bat.
Vinson retired the Golden Griffins 1-2-3 in the seventh for the victory.
The Panthers are back in action this evening when they take on the host GMU Patriots. First pitch is set for 5:15 p.m.