April 14, 2017Panthers Swept by Orange in Doubleheader
PITTSBURGH — The University of Pittsburgh softball team fell to Syracuse 8-0 (six innings) and 8-1 in a doubleheader, Friday, April 14 at Vartabedian Field in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The Panthers move to 21-18 on the season and 4-13 in ACC play, while the Orange improve to 23-15 overall and 5-9 in conference action.
On the day, Pitt tallied just six hits, with junior Giorgiana Zeremenko and freshman Alexee Haynes each recording two apiece. Sophomores Olivia Gray and Marissa DeMatteo each concluded the doubleheader with one.
In the circle, the Panthers’ entire pitching staff saw action as junior Kayla Harris got the start and the loss in game one, while freshman Brittany Knight got the start and loss in game two. Sophomore Sarah Dawson entered in relief, along with Knight, in game one.
Game One: Pitt 0, Syracuse 8 [Six Innings]
Syracuse got off to a strong start, plating four runs in the top of the first. Hannah Dossett delivered the big hit, a bases clearing double to propel the Orange to a commanding 4-0 lead.
Syracuse’s barrage continued in the second as the Orange loaded the bases for a second time with one out before Holmgren drew a walk to extend the lead to 5-0. Knight was able to escape without further damage with a strike out and fielder’s choice.
The Orange added two runs in the fourth on two hits, two walks and a hit by pitch. Faith Cain singled with the bases loaded for the first run of the inning. Pinch hitter Rachel Burkhardt was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring in the seventh run.
Syracuse scored the final run in the sixth on a fielder’s choice with the bases juiced. The game ended after just six innings, as the Panthers were unable to push a run across in the bottom half of the frame.
Game Two: Pitt 1, Syracuse 8
Syracuse took a 1-0 lead in the opening inning of play on an RBI-double by Sydney O’Hara, scoring Alicia Hansen from first after drawing a one-out walk.
The Panthers evened the score in the bottom of the second on a bases-loaded walk to senior Kaitlin Manuel. Haynes was hit by a pitch to start the inning and was joined on base by junior Erin Hershman after she drew a walk. A perfect bunt-single by DeMatteo juiced the bases for Manuel, who battled through a 3-2 count to earn a walk and score pinch runner Taylor Stimson.
The Orange took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth on a trio of singles, before moving out in front 8-1 on two separate three-run homers, one in the fifth and one in the sixth.
Pitt and Syracuse will close out the series Saturday, April 15 at Noon at Vartabedian Field.
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