April 13, 2013
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Holly Stevens became Pitt’s all-time leader in runs batted in as the University of Pittsburgh softball team (15-22, 4-7) split a pair of one-run games with Seton Hall University (14-20, 2-8) on Saturday afternoon at Mike Sheppard Sr. Field.
The Panthers won the first game 1-0, while Seton Hall claimed game two 4-3.
Stevens had an RBI single in the third inning of the second game to register her 121st career RBI. She broke a tie at the top of the list with Samantha Card who batted in 120 runs from 2006-09.
Tori Nirschl led Pitt at the plate as she was 4-for-8 on the afternoon with two home runs, three RBI, and three runs scored.
Game One: Pitt 1, Seton Hall 0
Nirschl’s team-high ninth homer of the season came in the top of the third inning with a one-out shot over the left field fence. She would add a double in her next at-bat to finish 2-for-4.
King threw her 12th complete game of the season and tallied her third shutout en route to her seventh victory. She allowed just three hits and struck out five SHU batters while throwing 99 pitches.
The Panthers out-hit the Pirates 5-3 for the contest and Pitt had a base runner in every inning except the first.
Game Two: Seton Hall 4, Pitt 3
Holly Stevens became the all-time RBI leader at Pitt, but the Panthers’ seventh inning rally came up short as Seton Hall topped Pitt 4-3 in the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday.
Pitt manufactured its first run in the top of the third inning with a two-out rally. Nirschl roped her second double of the day to right field, and then Jordan Fannin kept the inning alive as she reached on a fielding error by the SHU shortstop, which set the stage for Stevens. The new RBI queen singled to right field which scored Nirschl from second and gave Pitt a 1-0 lead.
SHU took its first lead of the afternoon in the bottom of fourth inning when catcher Alex Rabbetts hit a two-run homer to left field off of starting pitcher Alexa Larkin. King would replace Larkin and she pitched the remaining three innings.
The Pirates’ lead grew to 3-1 as SHU added another run in the bottom of the fifth when Yasmin Harrell scored from third on an RBI ground out. Rabbetts then smacked her second homer of the game to lead off the sixth inning which put SHU in front 4-1.
Down to their final three outs, Kathryn Duran led off the seventh with a seeing-eye single up the middle, and then Nirschl crushed an offering from pitcher Danielle DeStaso to right field, closing the gap to 4-3. Relief pitcher Casey Moses entered and got two quick outs, but Carissa Throckmorton would reach second on a fielding error by the SHU first baseman to keep the inning alive. However, Moses got Taylor Henry to ground out which ended the game.
The Panthers look to win their second Big East series of the season tomorrow morning in the rubber game between the two schools. First pitch is set for 11 a.m.