April 17, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Pittsburgh softball team (16-24, 5-9) dropped a pair of Big East games to No. 8 Louisville (39-6, 12-1) on Wednesday afternoon at Ulmer Stadium.
The Panthers lost a hard fought contest in the opening game of the day by a score of 8-5, while Louisville took game two 15-0 in five innings.
Game One: Louisville 8, Pitt 5
The Panthers struck in the top of the third inning when Tori Nirschl crossed the plate on an RBI single by Holly Stevens. Nirschl roped a one-out double to left field, and then two batters later Stevens’ bloop single to right field scored Nirschl. It was Stevens’ team-high 26th RBI of the season and Nirschl’s team-best 31st run scored.
Pitt took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth with a bases-loaded RBI single by Nirschl. Carly Thea, Kathryn Duran and Kaila Balatgek loaded the bases with walks, and Nirschl then delivered a single to left field. Pitt drew three of their seven total walks in the inning.
After Savannah King retired the first eight batters and threw three hitless innings, the Cardinals found momentum in the fourth inning and scored all eight of their runs on eight hits. Whitney Arion put Louisville on the board as she tied the game with a two-run double to left field. After an RBI single by Hannah Kiyohara, Tanner Fowler gave the Cards a 5-2 advantage with her seventh home run of the year to left field. In all, Louisville sent 13 batters to the plate in the inning and had an 8-2 lead heading to the fifth.
The Panthers showed some resiliency as they closed the gap to 8-4 in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI double by Jordan Fannin which scored Kaila Balatgek and Nirschl. Carissa Throckmorton would cross the plate in the seventh on an RBI groundout by Thea, but that would be it for the Panthers as Louisville hung on to win game one 8-5.
Game Two: Louisville 15, Pitt 0 (Five Innings)
Louisville gained a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a bases loaded walk, and then scored four runs on five hits in the second.
The Cardinals plated 10 runs in the fourth inning on 10 hits. The first four batters all recorded hits, and the first six Cardinals crossed the plate. Louisville’s No. 3 hitter Alicja Wolny was 4-for-4 with six RBI.
The Panthers return home this weekend for a three-game series with Notre Dame. Saturday’s doubleheader will be live on ESPN3, while Sunday’s contest will be streamed live on www.pittsburghpanthers.com. First pitch on both days is set for 12 p.m.