May 2, 2012
PITTSBURGH—Freshman Savannah King recorded a career-high 13 strikeouts to lead the University of Pittsburgh softball team to a 3-1 victory over Robert Morris in the first game of a twinbill Wednesday afternoon at Vartabedian Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.
King recorded her 13th strikeout with a fast ball to the Colonial’s first batter in the seventh inning. King tied Gina Bessolo’s 13 strikeouts (2002 vs. Virginia Tech) for the second-most in a contest in program history.
Previously, King posted 10 strikeouts against N.C. State on Feb. 25. She boasts 187 total on the year, which is second overall on the single-season list.
King, who holds the single-season wins record, improved to 19-14 in the circle.
Pitt (26-22) got on the board in the first inning, as leadoff Maggie Sevilla sailed a long ball through right center field with a full count on the board. That hit was Sevilla’s eighth homer of the season.
In the second inning, Sevilla stepped to the plate with runners in scoring position and two outs on the board. She then bounced a ground ball to RMU’s short stop and beat a throw to first, allowing senior Kristen Cheesebrew to score the second run of the game.
Later, Cheesebrew smacked a solo shot in the bottom of the fourth to give Pitt a 3-0 advantage.
Robert Morris (31-20) tallied its lone run in the top of the six after the umpire called a hit down the left line fair. The Panthers held off a threat in the third inning when King struck out her seventh batter with two runners on and two outs on the board.
Senior Kelly Hmiel recorded her fourth double of the year in the contest, while Cheesebrew was 2-for-3 with two runs and a RBI. She also chipped in three assists.