April 3, 2013
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - The University of Pittsburgh softball team (14-17) dropped a midweek doubleheader to Robert Morris (16-9) by scores of 4-0 and 6-1 on Wednesday afternoon at the North Athletic Complex on the campus of RMU.
Game One: Robert Morris 4, Pitt 0
The Colonials scored four runs on 10 hits and blanked the Panthers to win the opening game of the double-dip at the North Athletic Complex.
RMU struck first with three runs on three hits in the bottom of the third inning to break a scoreless tie. The big hit came by Lauren Hackett who laced a two-run double to right field. The next batter, Haileigh Stocks, then brought Hackett home with a single to center field.
Pitt had an opportunity in the top of the fourth to cross the plate, but failed to score with the bases loaded. Savannah King had a one-out bloop single to left field, and the next batter was Taylor Henry who was hit by a pitch. Two batters later, Carly Thea drew a two-out walk, but RMU winning pitcher Geena Badolato got a groundout to end the inning.
RMU tacked on one more run in the bottom of the fourth as Kristen Gablet reached on a leadoff walk and would eventually cross the plate on an RBI single by Hackett.
The Panthers were once again threatening in the top of the fifth after Carissa Throckmorton (walk) and Savannah King (single) opened the inning by reaching base. However, relief pitcher Nicole Sleith tallied a strikeout and two groundouts to end the inning. Sleith picked up her third save of the season.
Game Two: Robert Morris 6, Pitt 1
Robert Morris jumped on top 2-0 in bottom of the first inning, once again by Lauren Hackett who tallied her fourth and fifth RBI of the day with a two-run single to center field.
After four scoreless innings, RMU added an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth from a Haileigh Stocks RBI singles to make it 3-0 in favor of the Colonials.
The Panthers scored their first run of the afternoon in the top of the sixth inning. Carly Thea led off the inning with a bunt single, and then with her and Tori Nirschl on the corners, Thea scored when Nirshcl was caught in a run-down between first and second base.
However, RMU scored three runs on four hits in the bottom of the sixth inning for some separation. Pitt would load the bases in the top of the seventh on three walks, but Sleith was able to get out of the jam without allowing a run.
The Panther are back in action this weekend when they host USF for a three game series. Games one and three will be on Pitt Panthers Television, while live stats will be available, as well as in-game tweets by following @PittSoftball.
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