April 20, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh softball team (16-26, 5-11) dropped a pair of games to Notre Dame (32-10, 12-1) on Saturday afternoon by scores of 7-1 and 10-2 at Vartabedian Field.
Game One: Notre Dame 7, Pitt 1
The Fighting Irish broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the seventh inning and scored six runs en route to a 7-1 victory in the opening game of the series.
Notre Dame struck first in the top of the second inning with an RBI single by leadoff hitter Jenna Simon, but the Panthers tied the game in the bottom of the third inning. Tori Nirschl laced a one-out double and then came around to score on an RBI single by cleanup hitter Carissa Throckmorton.
Things remained the same until the top of the seventh inning when Notre Dame plated six runs. ND pitcher Laura Winter had the game-winning RBI with a single to right center field and in total the Fighting Irish scored their six runs on four hits and one fielding error.
Game Two: Notre Dame 10, Pitt 2 (Six Innings)
Despite out-hitting Notre Dame 9-8, the Panthers allowed three home runs in a 10-2, six inning defeat.
Notre Dame grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on a solo shot to left field by Winter, and then added an unearned run in the third to go ahead 2-0. The Panthers however, responded with two runs in the bottom of the third.
Carly Thea led off the inning with a single to right field and advanced to third as the ball rolled under right fielder Kelsey Thornton’s glove. Savannah King then brought Thea home on an RBI groundout. The next batter was Tori Nirschl and she roped her 11th home run of the season which cleared the right field fence.
Notre Dame regained the lead in the top of the fourth inning with a two-run homer to left field by designated player Cassidy Whidden. The Fighting Irish lead grew to 6-2 in top of the fifth inning with two more runs on three hits. All of the hits were singles and two of them were RBI singles.
The Panthers had base runners in scoring position in both the fourth and fifth innings, including a bases loaded opportunity in the fifth, but were unable to cross the plate. Pitt left nine players on base in total.
Winter would add her second home run of the game in the top of the sixth which was part a four run inning for the Fighting Irish. Emilee Koerner, the nation’s leading batter, also had a two RBI single in the inning. She was 1-for-3 on the day with five walks.
The Panthers and the Fighting Irish conclude their three game series on Sunday at 12 p.m. Fans can watch a live web-stream of the game by clicking here, and can follow live stats and in-game updates on Twitter by following @PittSoftball.
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