April 5, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—The University of Pittsburgh softball team earned a 2-1 victory over Providence at Raymond Field in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday afternoon.
The Panthers (18-17, 1-6 Big East) scored both of their runs in the second inning to tally their first Big East win of the season in the contest. Senior Kristen Cheesebrew singled to lead-off the inning and moved to second with a passed ball. Cheesebrew would then score when she traded places with senior Niki Cognigni, who smacked her fourth double of the year on the play.
Later with runners on the corners, freshman Carly Thea stole second after hitting an infield single. The Friars’ second baseman committed an error on the play, which allowed Cognigni to score the eventual game-winner from third.
Freshman Savannah King (14-10) tossed the win. She gave up six hits and walked two in her 17th complete game of the year.
Providence (13-19, 4-2 Big East) scored its lone run in the fifth inning off two hits.
The Panthers turned their seventh double play of the year in the seventh to end the contest. King caught a line drive and then fired the ball to senior Ciera Damon at first to catch a runner trying to get back to the base. Damon collected 15 putouts in the game.