April 21, 2012
PITTSBURGH—Freshman Savannah King became Pitt’s single-season wins leader, as the University of Pittsburgh softball team blanked Connecticut, 6-0, in the first game of a doubleheader at Vartabedian Field at the Petersen Sports Complex Saturday evening.
King earned her 17th win of the season, improving upon the previous single-season wins record held by Cory Berliner (2008). King registered her fifth shutout of the year in the contest, allowing six hits and collecting seven strikeouts.
King made a defensive stand in the second inning after giving up a pair of infield singles. She earned the first out of the frame with her first strikeout of the contest. The Panthers would then commit an infield error to load the bases, but King caught the next batter swinging and senior Kristen Cheesebrew scooped up a ground ball to end the rally.
Later in the top of the fifth, UConn (20-19, 8-7) had two runners in scoring position when senior Ciera Damon fielded a ground ball and tapped first to keep the Huskies off the board.
The game marked the eighth shutout of the season for Pitt (24-21, 7-10 Big East) and the first-ever night game at Vartabedian Field. The Panthers got on the board in the fifth inning with five runs off just two hits.
It all began when freshman Nikki Caruso recorded the first hit of the game for Pitt. Caruso’s bases-loaded single up the middle went through the legs of UConn’s pitcher and into center field. Seniors Niki Cognigni and Cheesebrew scored on the play. Cheesebrew advanced to base on a fielder’s choice while Cognigni was walked.
Freshman Maggie Sevilla would then follow with a three-RBI homer through center field to give the Panthers a 5-0 advantage. Sophomore Courtney Derus and Caruso went home with Sevilla’s seventh long ball of the season.
Later in the sixth inning, senior Yvette Bravo scored her ninth run of the season to give Pitt its final tally at 6-0.
Connecticut out-hit the Panthers, 6-4.
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