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March 18, 2017

 
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Pittsburgh softball team dropped a 5-2 decision to Louisville, Saturday afternoon at Ulmer Stadium in Louisville, Ky.
 
Trailing 5-1 heading into the final inning of play, the Panthers [14-10, 0-5 ACC] loaded the bases with no outs bringing the tying run to the plate. However, Pitt was unable to capitalize and its comeback fell short as it scored just one run against the Cardinals [17-7, 2-0 ACC] defense in the frame.
 
At the plate, junior Erin Hershman continues to perform against the Cards, going 2-for-3, while three other Panthers recorded one hit apiece.
 
Freshman Hannah Edwards and sophomore transfer Gabrielle Fredericks tallied Pitt's two RIBs on the day.
 
Junior Kayla Harris [6-5] went the distance for the Panthers, giving up eight hits and five earned runs while striking out three.
 
HOW IT HAPPENED
 
In the bottom of the first, Louisville jumped out in front 2-0, following a bases-loaded single that brought around two.
 
Four scoreless innings would pass before the next run would score, as Pitt cut the Cards' lead in half in the top of the sixth. Sophomore Olivia Gray crossed the plate for the Panthers as Gabrielle Fredericks hit a grounder to short with runners on first and third.
 
Louisville added three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth on two hits, which came in handy in the seventh as Pitt threatened to make a comeback.
 
Trailing 5-1, Pitt loaded the bases to put the tying run at the plate in the final frame but the only thing the Panthers could muster up with a groundout by Edwards, scoring sophomore Alexis Solak.
 
UP NEXT
The Panthers and Cards will wrap up the series Sunday, March 19 at 12 p.m.
 
Pitt Comeback Falls Short in 5-2 Loss at Louisville

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