March 17, 2013
FAIRFAX, Va. - The University of Pittsburgh softball team (11-12) lost to Ohio State University (18-8) by a score of 9-0 (five innings) on Sunday afternoon in the tournament finale of the Cherry Blossom Classic hosted by George Mason University.
The Buckeyes scored eight runs on five hits in the fourth inning and were helped out by five Pitt fielding errors. The Buckeyes' shortstop Maddie McIntyre broke the game open with a three run homer to put OSU in front 4-0. Ohio State sent 13 batters to plate in the frame.
Holly Stevens tallied Pitt's only hit of the afternoon in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Ohio State finished the tournament at 5-0, followed by Canisius who went 3-2, the Panthers (2-3) and the host Patriots who went 0-5.
Pitt opens its home schedule on Tuesday afternoon with a doubleheader against St. Francis (Pa.) beginning at 3 p.m. The Panthers then host St. John's for their Big East opening series next weekend.