April 12, 2014
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh softball team (13-21, 4-11 ACC) dropped a pair of games to Syracuse University (17-18, 8-7 ACC) on Saturday afternoon at Vartabedian Field by the scores of 5-2 and 11-4.
Game One: Syracuse 5, Pitt 2
Tori Nirschl hit the longest home run in Vartabedian Field history as her two-run shot cleared the soccer press box in straight away center, however, that was Pitt’s only hit of the game as the Orange defeated the Panthers 5-2.
Nirschl’s homer in the fourth inning brought home Carly Thea who was on first after getting hit by a pitch. Nirschl’s fifth round-tripper of the season gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead.
After five scoreless innings from starting pitcher Savannah King, SU tied the game in the bottom of the sixth with a pair of runs. King opened the inning by allowing two walks and a hit batsman, which loaded the bases for Julie Wambold who doubled in a pair of runs.
With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the seventh inning, the Orange plated three runs off relief pitcher Alexa Larkin. The winning tallies came on a two-run shot from Alyssa Dewes as her ball went over the scoreboard in left field. An RBI single by Corinne Ozanne later in the inning put Syracuse up 5-2 which would be the final score.
King went six innings in the no decision and allowed two runs on four hits while striking out four batters. Syracuse’s Sydney O’Hara pitched a complete game one hitter en route to her 12th victory of the season.
Game Two: Syracuse 11, Pitt 4
Syracuse scored four runs in the fifth inning and five runs in the sixth inning to help the Orange defeat Pitt 11-4 in game two.
The Panthers came out on fire and took a 3-0 lead after one inning of play. Jordan Fannin led off the bottom of the frame with her first career home run, which was the first of back-to-back jacks, as Carly Thea followed that with her seventh homer of the season to left field. Katherine Kramer would add an RBI single to score Tori Nirschl who walked earlier in the innings.
Despite Syracuse’ Corinne Ozanne connecting on a two-run homer in the third, the Panthers would continue to lead, and Fannin would make the score 4-2 in the fourth with an RBI single that scored Kaila Balatgek. Balatgek reached on a walk and was moved to third after a sac bunt and a groundout.
However, the Orange would combine to score nine runs in the following two innings to bust the game wide open. Jasmine Watson’s two run homer would tie the game at 4-4, and then another two-run homer from Sydney O’Hara gave the Orange its first lead of the game at 6-4.
Syracuse would put together five runs on five hits in the sixth inning, including a pair of RBI doubles which stretched the lead to 11-4. Sydney O’Hara was 4-for-4 at the plate with four RBI in the second game.
Syracuse out-hit the Panthers 14-8 in game two and held a 20-9 advantage in that category on the day.
The Panthers and the Orange will conclude their three game set on Sunday at Vartabedian Field with first pitch set for Noon. Click here for video and stats.
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