April 6, 2014
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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Junior outfielder Carly Thea hit a solo home run in the second inning and the Panthers added an insurance run in the seventh as the University of Pittsburgh softball team (13-17, 4-7 ACC) defeated Boston College (18-16, 4-8 ACC) by the score of 2-0 on Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium.
Thea had an outstanding weekend as she was 5-for-6 at the plate with two homers, two RBI, four runs scored and two walks. After her home run in the second inning today, Boston College walked her twice in a row on four pitches that were nowhere near the plate. Thea is batting a team-high .397 for the season.
The Panthers would add an insurance run in the seventh inning on a pair of errors by the BC second baseman Madi Paulson. Pitt’s Ashlee Sills opened the inning by laying down a bunt which was dropped by Paulson who was covering first, and two batters later Tori Nirschl’s grounder went through the legs of Paulson which allowed Sills to score.
Alexa Larkin (6-5, 5.20 ERA) threw the first three innings of the game and allowed two hits en route to earning the victory. Savannah King pitched the final four innings and allowed just one hit as she picked up her third save of the season. The two combined to strike out five Eagles. This was the second shutout victory for Pitt this season (Kent State on 2-21 being the other).
The Panthers return to action this Wednesday when they travel to Blacksburg, Va., to take on Virginia Tech. Pitt will then open an eight game home stand next weekend beginning with Syracuse.