PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh softball team split its doubleheader with Georgia Tech Saturday afternoon at Vartabedian Field. The Panthers claimed the first game in 10 innings, 4-3, before falling in the second game, 9-8.
In game one, Pitt walked off in the bottom of the tenth inning, as redshirt senior Maggie Sevilla doubled to right field with Pickett on second to earn the win. In a back and forth affair in game two, the Panthers gave up two runs in the final inning of play and were unable to push any runs across in the bottom half of the inning.
Pitt moves to 27-15 overall and 6-9 in the ACC, while the Yellow Jackets are now 17-25 and 4-9 against conference opponents.
Sophomore Kayla Harris had a notable performance in game one of the doubleheader as she struck out 11 batters, reaching a new career high. Her preview high was 10 which she earned a year ago in a game against California on May 16 in the NCAA Regional Tournament. Harris finished the day with 14 total strikeouts.
Sevilla turned in an impressive afternoon, posting seven hits in nine appearances at the plate, including three RBI.
The Panthers tacked on another three home runs to their already ACC-leading total and now have 63 on the season.
Game One: Pitt 4, Georgia Tech 3 (10 innings)
• Pitt got on the board first in the bottom half of the third inning, thanks to a hard-hit single through the middle by sophomore McKayla Taylor with two Panthers on base and two outs. Taylor’s hit scored Pickett, but senior Jenna Modic grounded out to end the inning.
• Georgia Tech responded in the top half of the fourth, taking a 2-1 lead. The Yellow Jackets pushed across both runs off back-to-back singles.
• Sevilla tied the game 2-2 with a long ball over the right field wall with just one out.
• Georgia Tech regained the lead, 3-2, in the top of the sixth inning. With bases loaded and no outs, sophomore pitcher Kayla Harris walked GT’s Colleen Darragh to bring home one run. Harris and the Pitt defensive worked their way out of the jam, forcing the Yellow Jackets to leave three runners on.
• Sevilla came up big yet again in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs and runners on the corners, she singled to left field scoring senior Kathryn Duran to tie the game 3-3. However, the Panthers would leave two runners on base to end the inning.
• Both teams were unable to push runners across until the 10th inning when Sevilla doubled to right field scoring Pickett for the victory.
Game Two: Pitt 8, Georgia Tech 9
• Pitt took the first lead of the second game 1-0 at the conclusion of the first inning. With bases loaded, sophomore Erin Hershman drew a bases-loaded walk to send home Sevilla. The Panthers would strand three runners on base to end the inning.
• The Yellow Jackets jumped to a 2-1 lead in the top of the second, plating two runs off a single and fielding error by Taylor at short.
• Pitt regained the lead in the bottom half of the second after Modic drew a walk with the bases loaded. Zeremenko also drew a walk and sent home Pickett, giving the Panthers a 3-2 lead.
• The lead was quickly equalized in the first at-bat in the top of the third. Georgia Tech’s Courtney Ziese homered over the right field wall, bringing the score to 3-3.
• Pitt jumped to a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the third, thanks to a two-run homer by freshman Olivia Gray. Her home run sent in junior Kaitlin Manuel who drew a walk to open the inning. Four batters later, Taylor posted a two-run homer giving the Panthers a 7-3 lead. Taylor sent in Pickett who singled to first to get on base.
• Georgia Tech sent two runners home in the top of the fourth after a triple down the right field line and a single to center field, cutting Pitt’s lead to 7-5.
• The Yellow Jackets tied the game once again in the top of the fifth after a two-run homer by Jessica Kowalewicz brought the score to 7-7.
• Pitt regained the lead 8-7 in the bottom of the fifth thanks to Modic drawing a walk with the bases loaded.
• Following a scoreless sixth, Georgia Tech responded in the top of the seventh, plating two runs off singles from Lionberger and Kowalewicz bringing the score to 9-8 in favor of the Yellow Jackets.
• The Panthers were unable to come back as they left a single runner on base.
• Pitt and Georgia Tech will conclude the series tomorrow at noon.
• The Panthers will travel to Kent State for its final nonconference play of the season on Wednesday, April 20. The teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.
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