April 10, 2013
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PITTSBURGH – Senior Holly Stevens tied Pitt’s all-time RBI record with a grand slam in the second inning, but the University of Pittsburgh softball team (14-21) was defeated by Penn State (10-23) on Wednesday evening by the score of 11-7 at Vartabedian Field.
Stevens continues to build upon her home runs record as she smacked her seventh of the season and the 34th of her career. Stevens’ four RBI now ties her at 120 with Samantha Card (2006-09) for the top spot in program history.
The second game of the doubleheader was canceled due to inclement weather.
It was a wild first two innings that saw Penn State jump out to a 7-0 lead, but the Panthers answered with five runs in the bottom of the second inning. PSU’s first three batters of the game reached base safely and came around to score, and then the Nittany Lions hit two, two run homers in the second for a 7-0 advantage.
Despite not scoring with the bases loaded in the first inning, the Panthers were able to capitalize on their bases loaded situation in the second. Carly Thea got Pitt on the board with a bases loaded walk, and the next batter was Holly Stevens who cleared the bases with Pitt’s first grand slam of the season which brought the score to 7-5.
The Nittany Lions however, scored the next four runs to increase their lead to 11-5, including a three run shot by Kailyn Johnson in the top of the fifth inning. It was Johnson’s second home run of the game and the PSU first baseman finished the contest 3-for-5 with five RBI.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Thea launched her first round-tripper of the season to bring the score to 11-6, and Stevens would eventually score on a sac fly from Kaila Balatgek, however that would be all Pitt could mustard as Penn State grabbed an 11-7 victory.
Stevens finished the game 1-for-2 with four RBI, two walks and two runs scored, while Thea was 1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Carissa Throckmorton also had a solid day at the plate, going 3-for-4.
The Panthers are back in action this weekend with a critical three-game series at Seton Hall. Saturday’s doubleheader begins at Noon, while the series finale on Sunday is also at Noon.