April 6, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh softball team (14-19, 3-5) dropped a pair of Big East games to USF (31-11, 9-1) on Saturday afternoon by scores of 10-0 and 7-1 at Vartabedian Field.
In the opening game of the series, USF ace pitcher Sara Nevins threw her fourth career no-hitter as the Bulls went on to win 10-0. The 2012 Second Team All-American tossed a complete game, struck out 12 Pitt batters and allowed two walks.
Kourtney Salvarola and Ashli Goff were both 2-for 4 at the plate, while Goff and Monica Santos each had three RBI. Santos’ three RBI came on a no-doubter to left field in the seventh inning. The Bulls scored three runs in the first, third and seventh innings.
In game two, the Bulls once again jumped out on to an early lead by scoring two runs on four hits in the first inning and left the bases loaded. They tacked on two more in the second inning, but Carly Thea got one run back in the bottom of the third. Thea doubled for Pitt’s first hit of the afternoon, and then scored as the next batter, Tori Nirschl, reached base on an error by the Bulls’ second baseman.
USF however, would cross the plate three more times in the fourth inning courtesy of a two-run homer by Salvarola and a solo shot by Stephanie Medina.
Thea had her second double of the afternoon in the fifth inning, while Kaila Balatgek and Savannah King also tallied base hits for the Panthers in game two. King pitched four innings of relief work and allowed just one hit.
The Panthers and the Bulls conclude their three-game series tomorrow with first pitch set for 12 p.m. The game will be aired live on Pitt Panthers Television (Comcast channels 188 or 210), and fans can also follow live stats by clicking here. In-game updates will be available by following @PittSoftball on Twitter.