April 22, 2012
PITTSBURGH—Junior Holly Stevens scored her team-leading 29th run of the season, leading the University of Pittsburgh softball team to a 1-0 victory over UConn in the final game of this weekend’s series held at Vartabedian Field at the Petersen Sports Complex on Sunday.
Stevens broke up the pitching duel in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring the lone run of the game. Action started when Stevens returned a pitch to UConn’s KiKi Saveriano. Stevens would then remain on base when Saveriano misjudged a throw at second on a fielder choice during senior Yvette Bravo’s at-bat. Stevens moved to third when she tagged on a sacrifice fly from senior Niki Cognigni.
Next, senior Ciera Damon stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and was hit by a pitch that allowed Stevens to walk home.
Pitt (25-22, 8-11 Big East) had two other scoring opportunities in the fourth and fifth innings. However, both Stevens and senior Jessica Rhodunda were thrown out at home, respectively, in those frames. In all, the Panthers stranded eight runners on the day.
On the mound, freshman Savannah King posted her second shutout of the weekend and her sixth of the year. She gave up six hits, struck out nine and walked just one. King holds the single-season record for wins at 18 and boasts the second-most strikeouts in a year at 174.
King made a defensive stand in the fifth inning, as UConn had runners at the corners with two outs on the board. King battled through a long at-bat with Amy Vaughan, who fouled off several pitches. Finally, King hit a spot that Vaughan swung at and missed to end the scoring threat.
The Huskies (21-20, 9-8 Big East) left 10 runners on base in the contest.
Pitt earned the series win with two-of-three victories, including Saturday’s 6-0 shutout in game one. The Panthers out-hit UConn 25-24 and recorded a .321 batting average in the three games. Cogningi paced the squad with a .571 batting average, while freshman Maggie Sevilla collected three RBI and scored two runs.
Pitt will take the week off for finals and resumes play on Wednesday, May 2, hosting Robert Morris in a doubleheader at 4 p.m.