April 1, 2014
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh softball team defeated Robert Morris 9-1 in five innings in the second game of a doubleheader to help the Panthers earn a split on Tuesday afternoon at Vartabedian Field.
Robert Morris (15-16) won the first contest by the score of 6-2, while the Panthers (12-15) won the second contest in mercy rule fashion, 9-1.
Carly Thea was 3-for-5 on the afternoon with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored. Reigning ACC Player of the Week Maggie Sevilla continued her hot hitting by also racking up a homer, three RBI and three runs. Sevilla has a team-high seven home runs this season.
Game One: Robert Morris 6, Pitt 2
Robert Morris put together four consecutive hits to open the game and took a 2-0 lead before an out was recorded. Pitt starting pitcher Savannah King gave way to Alexa Larkin who got the final three outs of the first and pitched the remainder of the game.
The Colonials added two more runs in the top of the second inning on a two-run homer to straight away center from RMU's leading hitter Tess Apke. The homer was her fifth of the season and it gave Robert Morris a 4-0 advantage.
After being held to one hit through the first three innings, the Panthers put up three hits in the fourth inning, including a two-run homer from Carly Thea which cut the RMU lead in half and made the score 4-2.
RMU added two insurance runs in the top of the sixth inning behind a two out rally. After Larkin got a fly out and a ground out, RMU put together back-to-back singles which was followed by a two RBI double from Samantha Santillo to left center field. That would be all the scoring in the game as RMU went on to win 6-2.
RMU pitcher Nicole Sleith threw a complete game five hitter and struck out four Panthers. Robert Morris outhit Pitt 13-5 in the contest.
Game Two: Pitt 9, Robert Morris 1 (Five Innings)
After Robert Morris manufactured a run in the top of the third inning for a 1-0 lead, Pitt responded with five runs in the home half of the third and four runs in the fourth en route to a five inning mercy rule victory.
Kathryn Duran started off the third inning with a double to left center and pinch runner Morgan Choe would come around to score on a Sevilla RBI single with the bases loaded. Thea would then follow that with another bases loaded single to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead.
With the bases still loaded, Carissa Throckmorton drew a walk for a 3-1 Pitt lead and the next batter was Katherine Kramer who hit a shot to the RMU shortstop who had the ball go through her glove as two more runs would score, making it 5-1 in favor of the Panthers.
Duran led off the fourth inning with a walk and would eventually come around to score on an RBI single from Tori Nirschl. Nirschl would trot home on Sevilla's no-doubter off the scoreboard to make the score 8-1, and the final run would be scored courtesy of an RBI double from Throckmorton which scored Thea.
Savannah King rebounded nicely in game two as she threw five strong innings and allowed just three hits and one run.
The Panthers travel to Chestnut Hill this weekend to take on Boston College in their second ACC road series of the season. Saturday's doubleheader is set for 1 p.m., while the Sunday finale is at Noon.
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