April 5, 2014
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The University of Pittsburgh softball team (12-17, 3-7 ACC) dropped a pair of games to Boston College (18-15, 4-7) on Saturday afternoon by the scores of 5-3 and 13-4 at Shea Stadium.
Carly Thea was 4-for-5 on the day and scored three runs. She is now batting a team-best .390 this season.
Game One: Boston College 5, Pitt 3
A four-run fourth inning for Boston College propelled the Eagles past Pitt by the score of 5-3 in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Boston College took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first after leadoff hitter Megan Cooley reached base on an error, stole second, was moved to third on a groundout and scored on an RBI groundout by Tory Speer.
Pitcher Savannah King would work herself out of a jam in the second inning with a strikeout to end the frame after walking the bases loaded. King would not allow a hit through the first three innings.
The Eagles though, scored four runs on three hits in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 5-0 lead. BC was helped out by King walking in two runs with the bases loaded.
Pitt’s offense was held in check until the sixth inning when Taylor Henry led off with a double and then two batters later Tori Nirschl brought home pinch runner Morgan Choe on a two-run blast to straight-away center field. It was Nirschl’s fourth home run of the season and it made the score 5-2 in favor of the Eagles.
With Pitt down to its final three outs, Carly Thea and Kaila Balatgek opened the seventh inning with back-to-back doubles which made the score 5-3, but the Panthers would strand Balatgek on second as Nicole D’Argento got back-to-back strikeouts to end the game.
Game Two: Boston College 13, Pitt 4 (Six Innings)
After the Panthers failed to capitalize on a bases loaded situation in the top of the first, Boston College loaded the bases in the home half of the inning with no outs and got one run out of it on a walk. Centerfielder Carly Thea limited the damage by catching a pop fly and then showed off her arm by throwing out Nicole D’Argento at home who was trying to tag up.
The Panthers would gain the lead in the top of third as Maggie Sevilla and Carly Thea hit back-to-back homers to put Pitt in front 2-1. Sevilla smacked her team-best eighth round-tripper of the season, while Thea connected on her fifth of the campaign.
BC responded in the bottom of the third with a two out rally which tied the game at 2-2. After two pop flys, Jessie Daulton hit a double, which was followed by an RBI single from Taylor Coroneos.
Neither team would score in the fourth inning, but Pitt broke the tie in the fifth with a clutch two RBI single from sophomore Taylor Henry. Sevilla and Thea were on second and third after consecutive one out hits, and then Henry drove them home with a shot to center field.
However, the wheels would fall off in the sixth inning for Pitt as Boston College plated 11 runs on 10 hits en route to ending the game in that frame. Boston College batted around before an out was recorded and the game would end on a two-RBI single which made the final score 13-4.
The Panthers and the Eagles conclude their three game set on Sunday at Noon. Click here for live stats and also follow @Pittsoftball on Twitter for in-game updates.