April 14, 2012
CHICAGO, Ill.—Senior Kelly Hmiel recorded her 12th RBI of the year, however, it wasn’t enough as the University of Pittsburgh softball team dropped an eight-inning, 2-1 decision to DePaul in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Cacciatore Stadium.
Trailing 1-0 in the seventh, Hmiel smacked a RBI single to right field that allowed senior Niki Cognigni to score the game-tying run. Cognigni led off the inning with a base hit to left field. She moved to second with a sacrifice bunt from freshman Maggie Sevilla before rounding the bases on Hmiel’s hit.
Pitt (22-18, 5-7 Big East) out-hit the Blue Demons, 9-7 in the contest. Hmiel tallied the first of the game when she singled up the middle in the first inning. She was 2-for-2 with a RBI in the contest.
The Panthers threatened to score in the third when Cognigni led off with a single to left field. She moved to third with sacrifice bunts from Sevilla and Hmiel. However, she was left stranded with a groundout on the next at-bat.
Later in the fourth, freshman Carissa Throckmorton and senior Yvette Bravo singled and stole a base to put runners in scoring position, but both were stranded. Bravo tallied her team-leading eighth double in the second.
DePaul (24-12, 6-1 Big East) scored a run in the bottom of the sixth off two hits. The Blue Demons posted their second run in the bottom of the eighth with a bases loaded single.
Freshman Savannah King (16-11) suffered the loss on the mound. She gave up two earned runs on seven hits. King collected seven strikeouts and walked just two.