April 7, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Junior Holly Stevens recorded two home runs this afternoon, leading the University of Pittsburgh softball team to a 6-2 victory and a series sweep over Providence at Raymond Field on Saturday.
Stevens smacked solo homers in both the fourth and seventh innings for the Panthers. She became the second member of the squad to tally more than one bomb in the same contest this season. Earlier this year, senior Yvette Bravo sailed two long balls out the park against Eastern Kentucky on March 10.
Stevens was 4-for-4 with three runs and two RBI in the contest. In the series, she posted a .500 batting average, 1.100 slugging percentage and a .545 on-base percentage.
Pitt (20-17, 3-6 Big East) out-hit the Friars 10-3 in the game. Freshman Savannah King (15-10) tossed the win. She was pitching a one-hitter through the fifth inning. King collected seven strikeouts, while walking two. She is now one victory away from tying Cory Berliner’s 2008 single-season pitching record for wins (16).
The Panthers got on the board in the second inning after freshman Carly Thea tallied a RBI single to left field with the bases loaded. Senior Kristen Cheesebrew, who hit a one out single earlier in the frame, scored on the play.
In the third inning, Cheesebrew recorded a base hit to center field with both freshman Carissa Throckmorton and Stevens in scoring position. Next, Cheesebrew moved to third due to an error and went on a passed ball during King’s at-bat.
Cheesebrew was 3-for-4 with two runs and a RBI.
Providence (13-21, 4-4 Big East) tallied its runs in the fifth inning off two hits.
Pitt continues Big East play on Wednesday, April 11, hosting Georgetown in a 3 p.m. doubleheader at Vartabedian Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.