March 16, 2013
FARIFAX, Va. – Carmelena Moffa at the plate and Savannah King in the circle led the University of Pittsburgh softball team (11-11) to a 7-0 victory against the host George Mason Patriots (6-14) on the second day of the Cherry Blossom Classic.
The Panthers won both of their games today (defeated Canisisu 9-2 in game one) and scored 16 runs on 17 hits in the two games combined. Pitchers Lauren Vinson (1-0) and Savannah King (6-7) combined to allow just six hits all day.
“Lauren [Vinson] did a terrific job this morning, and I thought our starting pitching set the tone for the day. We executed really well in the circle,” head coach Holly Aprile said. “I think our focus and our mental toughness was noticeable improved today and we made some adjustments that we needed to make from yesterday. It was a much better offensive performance today and I think we are capable of having this production on a regular basis.”
Moffa had a career day at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double, a triple, two RBI and one run scored. Holly Stevens and Carissa Throckmorton also had two RBI as both smacked two-run homers. King went all seven innings and had five strikeouts while issuing just one walk.
Moffa provided the Panthers with a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning with her first career two-bagger. King and Kaila Balatgek had back-to-back one out hits, and two batters later Moffa laced a double to right center field, scoring King and Balatgek.
Holly Stevens then gave the Panthers a 4-0 lead with a two run blast over the center field fence in the bottom of the third inning. With two outs, Jordan Fannin reached base on an error by the third baseman Tori Rodriguez. Stevens was the next batter and she took GMU pitcher Sarah Kleinfelter deep for her fifth homer of the season and the 32nd of her career.
Moffa continued her hot hitting with a triple in the fourth inning and then scored on a two-out RBI single by Ashlee Sills, giving Pitt a 5-0 lead.
Throckmorton made it 7-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning with a two-run shot over the left field fence that score Stevens as well. Like Stevens, Throckmorton has five home runs on the season and has already surpassed her total from all of last season.
Pitt concludes action at the Cherry Blossom Classic tomorrow afternoon with a contest against Ohio State. First pitch is set for 12:15 p.m. Click here for live stats.