March 29, 2011
PITTSBURGH—Senior Cory Berliner became the all-time winningest pitcher in school history, as the University of Pittsburgh softball team earned a thrilling 2-1 victory over Penn State in the first-ever softball game played at Vartabedian Field at the Petersen Sports Complex. The Panthers improved to 23-6 with the win, while the Nittany Lions slipped to 15-12.
Berliner garnered her 45th career victory in today’s contest. She eclipsed the previous school record held by Laura Belardinelli (2004-07). Berliner is also listed as the school record holder on the single-season wins list following 16 victories in her rookie season.
“It was awesome to earn a win in the first-ever game at the complex,” Berliner said. “This was a great way to start things in our new home during a tight game.”
“Earning the school record was a great accomplishment for Cory,” Head Coach Holly Aprile said. “She has been consistent and was focused on all her pitches during the game. I know she is not as concerned about her own stats, but this is a great honor and Cory is very deserving of it.”
Berliner (7-2) tossed the complete game, giving up one run off four hits. In the top of the seventh, she recorded her 55th strikeout of the season when the final batter of the inning was caught looking at a pitch.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Panthers scored the only run they needed before Penn State could retire a batter. In fact, the Nittany Lion hurler walked juniors Ciera Damon and Kristen Cheesebrew to start the inning. Sophomore Krista Rodgers and would then pinch run for Damon and score the winning run of the game when senior Reba Tutt smacked her sixth double of the season. Tutt tallied her 10th RBI of the year on the play.
In the bottom of the third, junior Kelly Hmiel gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead when she traded places with senior Ashley Amistade. Amistade reached safely on second after an infield error and a stolen base. Hmiel then smacked her seventh double of the season to send Amistade home.
In that inning, Amistade swiped her 64th career stolen base, which ties Sheena Hellon for the school record.
Penn State tied the game in the fifth with a blooper over short stop and into left field.
Pitt increased its win streak to eight in the game. Both sophomore Holly Stevens and Hmiel were 2-for-3 at the plate.
Score by Innings R H E
Penn State 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 2
Pitt 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 6 1