March 20, 2009
PITTSBURGH—Earning the sweep in its home opener at Trees Field, the University of Pittsburgh softball team defeated Georgetown, 2-1 in eight innings, this afternoon. Pitt improved to 13-9 on the season and 2-0 in the Big East, while the Hoyas slipped to 5-16 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
Action began in the third inning after freshman Ashley Amistade reached base on an infield Georgetown error. A well-placed single from sophomore Reba Tutt on the next at-bat moved Amistade into scoring position. Amistade then stole third and ran home when a Hoya left fielder muffled the ball. Pitt took the early lead at 1-0.
Georgetown responded quickly, starting the fourth inning with a lead-off double to center and advancing to third on a sacrifice hit. A single later drove in the tying run.
The Panthers and Hoyas then played through several scoreless innings, forcing an extra frame. Pitt would end the game in the bottom of the eighth, when pinch runner Sara Falotico scored off another infield Hoya error.
Sophomore Alyssa O’Connell earned her second win of the day, as she entered the game in the fifth inning for junior Kayla Zinger. O’Connell gave up just one hit in her three innings of work, while striking out three batters.
The Panthers host a non-conference doubleheader against Penn State on Wednesday, March 25, at 2 p.m.