April 11, 2012
PITTSBURGH—Freshman Alexa Larkin recorded a one-hitter in her third shutout of the year to lead the University of Pittsburgh softball team to an 11-0 mercy-rule victory, sweeping Wednesday’s doubleheader at Vartabedian Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.
Larkin was pitching a no-hitter until the third batter of the fifth inning tallied the lone single of the game for the Hoyas. Larkin recorded her second one-hit, five inning win of the year.
Pitt (22-17, 5-6 Big East) collected a season-high 11 runs in its seventh shutout on the year. The Panthers also posted their third mercy-rule victory this season.
Offensively, Pitt smacked four homers in the second inning, forcing two pitching changes by Georgetown (15-25, 0-8 Big East). It all began with back-to-back home runs from senior Kristen Cheesebrew and freshman Carissa Throckmorton that gave Pitt an early 2-0 advantage. Cheesebrew’s long ball painted the left line, while Throckmorton’s sailed through right center.
Next, freshman Carly Thea and senior Kelly Hmiel blast two-RBI shots straight away through center field. Thea was the first batter to face the Hoyas’ Mackensey Carter. Thea earned her first career homer and collected two RBI as senior Niki Cognigni scored after she was walked by Megan Hyson.
Hmiel sent her first pitch out the park, allowing freshman Maggie Sevilla
to score on the play. Georgetown would then go to the bullpen for Lauren O’Leary, who retired the next two batters.
Later, with the bases loaded and two outs on the board, Sevilla smacked a bases-clearing double to left centerfield. On the next at-bat, Hmiel’s fly ball bounced off the left fielders’ glove, which allowed Sevilla to score. Pitt led 10-0 after three innings of action.
The Panthers scored their final run of the contest with a RBI single from Cognigni in the bottom of the fourth. Senior Jessica Rhodunda scored after pinch running for senior Yvette Bravo.
Hmiel and Sevilla recorded three RBI for Pitt, while Thea chipped in two. Additionally, both Throckmorton and Cognigni were 2-for-2 at the plate with two runs.
The Panthers travel to DePaul for a three-game set in Chicago, beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 14.