March 19, 2017Pitt Falls in Series Finale at Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Pittsburgh softball team fell to Louisville 8-2 in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Ulmer Stadium in Louisville, Ky.
The Panthers [14-11, 0-6 ACC] tallied just four hits against the Cards [18-7, 3-0 ACC] in its final game of the weekend. Pitt's lone senior Kaitlin Manuel went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while freshman Hannah Edwards and junior Giorgiana Zeremenko also recorded hits.
Freshman Brittany Knight tossed every inning for Pitt, giving up 10 hits, eight runs, seven unearned, and one walk.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Following two scoreless innings that saw no hits and six straight outs by both teams, Louisville struck first in the bottom of the third, scoring three runs on five hits and an error.
Pitt cut the Cards' lead to one after scoring a pair in the top of the fourth. A bunt single by Edwards, a free pass for sophomore Olivia Gray and a single by Zeremenko set up bases loaded for Manuel. The senior sent a ball to the gap, allowing Edwards to score. Gray also touched home as freshman Valerie Ortega grounded out to the right side.
The Cards recorded another run in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-2 lead, before adding four more in the sixth to lock up the sweep. The Panthers had just one hit in the final three innings of play.
Pitt will begin a five-game homestand following the Louisville series. The Panthers will open at Vartabedian Field Wednesday, March 22 against non-conference foe Kent State, before welcoming Boston College to Pittsburgh for the first home conference series March 24-26. Pitt will conclude its homestand March 29 with a single game versus in-state rival Penn State.
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