March 31, 2012
PITTSBURGH-The University of Pittsburgh softball team dropped game two of its doubleheader against No. 21 USF, 4-0, at Vartabedian Field at the Petersen Sports Complex Saturday afternoon.
In the sixth inning, senior Kristen Cheesebrew was walked by USF (32-5, 5-0 Big East) pitcher Sam Greiner and freshman Maggie Sevilla singled to center field. However, the Bulls would cleanly field a groundball on the next at-bat to end Pitt's threat of scoring.
Earlier, Cheesebrew tallied the first hit of the game for the Panthers (16-15, 0-5 Big East) in the bottom of the third. It was a two-out single that dropped in shallow right field.
USF scored three runs in the first inning off two hits and a pair of Pitt errors. The Bulls added another run in the fourth off a solo shot through center field. Greiner improved to 8-3 with the win.
Freshman Savannah King (12-8) took the loss on the mound. She pitched four innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits while walking two. King added three strikeouts in the contest. Freshman Alexa Larkin tossed three scoreless innings in relief, giving up just one hit.
Defensively, freshman Jordan Fannin entered the game in the fifth inning and made a spectacular catch on a line drive to left field in the top of the sixth. Fannin finished with three putouts, while junior Holly Stevens led the Panthers with five and chipped in two assists.
The Panthers and Bulls resume action on Sunday, April 1 with a single game at 11 a.m.