April 14, 2012
CHICAGO, Ill.—Junior Holly Stevens and freshman Maggie Sevilla combined for four home runs this afternoon, as the University of Pittsburgh softball team earned the split with a 6-3 victory in game two against DePaul in Saturday’s doubleheader at Cacciatore Stadium.
Stevens holds the all-time school record with 27 homers in her career. She has a team season-best nine to date, including two in this contest. Stevens was 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs and three RBI.
The Panthers (23-18, 6-7 Big East) recorded 10 hits in the game. Pitt got on the board in the third inning when Sevilla sent the first pitch of her at-bat over the center field wall for a solo shot. Two batters later, Stevens tallied her first long ball of the game to give the Panthers an early 2-0 advantage in the contest.
As play continued, Sevilla smacked a two-RBI homer to left center in the fifth inning. Her home run allowed freshman Carly Thea to score after she singled in the frame. Sevilla was 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI in the game.
Similarly, Stevens blasted another long ball in the seventh to give Pitt a 6-0 lead. Senior Kelly Hmiel singled to right field on the previous at-bat and scored on the play.
This is the second time this season Stevens has hit two homers in the same contest. She previously drove two out the park against Providence on April 7.
The Panthers also hit a season-high four home runs against Georgetown in the second game of a doubleheader this past Wednesday.
Freshman Alexa Larkin (7-7) earned the win on the mound. She held the Blue Demons scoreless in 5.1 innings of work, while allowing five hits. Freshman Savannah King pitched 1.2 innings in relief, giving up three earned runs off four hits.
DePaul (24-13, 6-2 Big East) scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the seventh off four hits. The Blue Demons stranded nine runners on base.
Game three of the Pitt-DePaul series is slated for a noon start on Sunday.