April 15, 2017Panthers Fall in Series Finale to Syracuse
PITTSBURGH -- The University of Pittsburgh softball team fell in the series finale, 7-3, to Syracuse Saturday afternoon at Vartabedian Field in the Petersen Complex.
Despite suffering a loss, junior Giorgiana Zeremenko posted two homeruns on the day, her seventh and eighth of the season.
With the loss, the Panthers move to 21-19 on the year and 4-14 against conference foes. The Orange improve to 24-15 and 6-9 in the ACC.
HOW IT HAPPENED
In the opening inning, an RBI-double from Faith Cain gave Syracuse an early 1-0 advantage. The clean-up hitter scored Sammy Fernandez, who singled to open the frame.
The Orange added one to their total in the top of the third on a two-out single through the left side by Rachel Burkhardt, before a solo shot by Oliva Martinez in the top of the fourth extended Syracuse's lead to 3-0.
Pitt cut the Orange's lead to one after a two-run long ball by junior Giorgiana Zeremenko in the bottom of the fourth, bringing around senior Kaitlin Manuel who was on second after reaching base on a throwing error by the Cuse shortstop. The Panthers trailed 3-2.
A trio of hits in the sixth put the Orange back out in front 5-2 as back-to-back singles plated one and a follow-up double scored the second.
Zeremenko blasted her second home run of the day in the bottom of the sixth inning, a solo shot straight up the middle, bringing the score to 5-3 in favor of the visitors.
Syracuse tacked on its final two runs in the top of the seventh to seal a 7-3 win.
Pitt will host nationally ranked Ohio State Tuesday, April 18 at 4 p.m., before welcoming NC State for a three-game series April 21-23, closing out the Panthers' home slate.
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