April 30, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The University of Pittsburgh softball team (15-26, 6-15) dropped a 5-1 decision to Ohio State (26-23, 11-9 Big Ten) Wednesday evening in its final non-conference matchup of the season at Buckeye Field in Columbus, Ohio.
After two scoreless innings to begin the game, the Buckeyes got on the board in the bottom of the third when they scored two runs on four hits. Ohio State's Anna Kirk led off the inning with a single against Pitt pitcher Alexa Larkin and advanced two additional bases on two groundouts to settle in at third. With two outs, Caitlin Conrad doubled to right center to score Kirk and take a 1-0 lead. Conrad scored on the following play when Taylor Watkins singled to left field to make it 2-0, Ohio State. Pitcher Savannah King entered the game for Pitt in relief for Larkin to record the final out of the inning.
Pitt responded in the top of the fifth inning when junior third baseman Kaila Balatgek scored the Panther's only run of the game after hitting a solo shot to left field to bring Pitt back within one run. This was Balatgek's second homerun of the season.
Ohio State scored three more runs in the sixth inning to seal the game. The Buckeyes loaded the bases to begin the inning before King walked in Erika Leonard to score the first run of the inning and Ohio State's third run of the game. The Buckeyes scored two more runs on a single up the middle by Conrad to extend their lead to 5-1.
The Panthers earned two walks in the top of the seventh to put runners in scoring position but were unable to bring them around making the final score 5-1.
The Panthers will conclude their inaugural season in the ACC this weekend when they travel to College Park, Md. for a three game series against the Terps. The start times for both Saturday and Sunday are slated for 1 p.m.