April 10, 2014
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The University of Pittsburgh softball team (13-19, 4-9 ACC) lost a pair of games to Virginia Tech (24-16, 13-6 ACC) on Wednesday afternoon by the scores of 3-2 and 2-0 at the Tech Softball Park.
Junior Carly Thea extended her hitting streak to nine straight and continues to build upon her fantastic season by carrying a .393 batting average. Kaitlin Manuel also had hits in both games today and is now riding a four game hitting streak.
Game One: Virginia Tech 3, Pitt 2
A sixth inning rally was not enough for the Panthers as they dropped the opening game of the doubleheader to the Hokies 3-2.
Virginia Tech jumped on top by scoring all three of its runs in the bottom of the first inning. After VT's leading hitter Kylie McGoldrick reached base on a throwing error, the third batter of the inning was Vanessa Gonzalez and she took Pitt starting pitcher Alexa Larkin deep for a two-run shot.
Cleanup hitter Katey Smith then struck out swinging, but reached base on a wild pitch and she would come around to score on a double to right center by Dani Anderson to make the score 3-0. That double would chase Larkin out of the game as Savannah King entered and pitched 5.2 innings of scoreless ball and allowed seven hits.
It took the Panthers until the sixth inning to score, but Pitt plated two in the inning to make the score 3-2. Kaitlin Manuel led off the frame with a single and would cross the plate on and RBI groundout from Maggie Sevilla; the team's leader in runs batted in. Carly Thea, who reached base on an error by the shortstop, would eventually tally the Panthers' second run on a passed ball to make it a one-run game in favor of the Hokies.
However, the Panthers failed to apply pressure in the top of the seventh inning as they went down 1-2-3 and the game ended 3-2 in favor of the Hokies.
Game Two: Virginia Tech 2, Pitt 0
Virginia Tech's Maggie Tyler threw a complete game four hitter as the Hokies blanked Pitt 2-0 in the second game of the afternoon.
Virginia Tech's two runs came in the fifth inning on some Pitt miscues in the field. After Amanda Ake led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a fielding error in center field, pinch runner Laura Wolff would eventually come around to score on a passed ball.
That passed ball also moved Toni Erwin from second to third and she would then score on a sacrifice fly which provided the Hokies with a 2-0 lead which was ultimately the final score.
The Panthers now begin an eight game home stand starting this weekend with Syracuse for three games. Pitt will then host No. 7 Florida State in a midweek doubleheader before concluding the home-stand with Georgia Tech on April 19th and 20th.