April 20, 2014
PITTSBURGH – With the game tied at 1-1 in the final inning, the University of Pittsburgh softball team (15-25, 6-15 ACC) allowed six runs on six hits as Georgia Tech (22-20, 11-14 ACC) defeated the Panthers 7-1 on Sunday afternoon at Vartabedian Field.
It was a defensive struggle for most of the contest as the game was scoreless until Pitt scored on Jordan Fannin’s RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Kaila Balatgek opened the frame with a leadoff single, and was then moved to second after an outstanding at bat from freshman Kaitlin Manuel who battled back from 0-2 to earn a walk. Two batters later, Fannin’s single up the middle scored Balatgek on a close play at the plate.
However, Georgia Tech responded in the top of the sixth inning when Katie Johnsky laced an RBI triple down the right field line which scored pinch runner Kaitlin Kates and tied the game at 1-1.
Pitt failed to score in the bottom of the sixth inning, and then Georgia Tech erupted in the seventh with six runs on six hits. The big hit of the inning came on a two-run homer to straight away center from right fielder Samantha Pierannunzi which made the score 4-1. The Yellow Jackets would send 11 batters to the plate in the frame and would close the game out in the bottom of the seventh.
The Panthers took two-of-three this weekend in their final home series of the season. Pitt will have to sweep Maryland in its final ACC series of the season and hope for some help down the stretch to make the ACC Tournament. Pitt is off until April 30th when they jump out of conference for a doubleheader at Penn State.
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