May 2, 2012
PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh softball team dropped a 5-4 decision to Robert Morris in the second game of a doubleheader at Vartabedian Field at the Petersen Sports Complex Wednesday night.
Pitt (26-23) trailed early in the contest, but took the lead soon-thereafter, as right fielder Yvette Bravo hit a RBI double to center field in the second inning. The play allowed senior Ciera Damon, who was hit by a pitch, to score. On the next at-bat, Bravo went home from third when freshman Nikki Caruso singled to right field.
The Panthers expanded their lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the third when freshman Carissa Throckmorton’s infield ground ball sent senior Kristen Cheesebrew home from second. Cheesebrew blasted her seventh double of the year in the frame.
As play continued, Throckmorton tallied her team-leading fourth triple of the season to leadoff the sixth inning for Pitt. Throckmorton scored after short stop Niki Cognigni singled to left field, giving the Panthers a 4-1 advantage in the contest.
The Colonials (32-20) recorded the first run of the game with two hits and a Pitt error in the second inning.
Later, in the sixth inning, the Panthers committed two more errors and gave up a single to load the bases with zero outs on the board. RMU would then tie the game with an one-out, bases-clearing double. The Colonials took the lead one batter later with another single.
Freshman Savannah King entered the contest at that point and grabbed a ground ball for the second out. King would then strikeout her 14th batter of the day to end the rally.
Freshman Alexa Larkin suffered the loss, allowing five unearned runs on nine hits in 6.1 innings.
Caruso was 2-for-2 with a RBI in the contest.
Pitt will host Notre Dame in a Big East three-game series this weekend. Action begins on Saturday, May 5 with a noon doubleheader.