March 27, 2014
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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A three run fourth inning for Youngstown State guided the Penguins past the University of Pittsburgh softball team by the score of 4-2 on Thursday afternoon at the YSU Softball Complex.
Redshirt sophomore Maggie Sevilla hit a two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning to produce the only two runs for the Panthers. It was her team-leading fourth home run of the season and also her team-best 14th RBI.
After three and a half scoreless innings, the Penguins (14-10) got on the board with a one out sac fly from Katie Smallcomb which scored Sarah Dowd, who reached base with a one out single two batters prior. YSU then loaded the bases with back-to-back two out singles and Jordan Macey then provided a two RBI double down the left field line which gave YSU a 3-0 lead.
Sevilla's two run blast came in the sixth scored Carissa Throckmorton who reached on a fielder's choice. However, YSU would tack on an insurance run in the bottom of the inning and would get the Panthers (8-14) to go down in order in the top of the seventh to preserve the victory.
Six different Panthers recorded hits in the game, but the Penguins held a 9-6 hitting advantage. Alexa Larkin picked up the loss for Pitt after going 3.2 innings and allowing seven hits and three earned runs.
The Panthers will return to action this weekend when Pitt hosts Virginia for its third ACC series of the season. Saturday's doubleheader at Vartabedian Field is set for 1 p.m., while the series finale on Sunday is at Noon.