May 3, 2014
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Pittsburgh softball team (15-28, 6-17 ACC) dropped a pair of games to Maryland (10-35, 6-16 ACC) on Saturday afternoon at Maryland Softball Stadium by the scores of 8-0 and 7-6.
Game One: Maryland 8, Pitt 0
The Pitt softball team recorded eight hits in the first game of the doubleheader but was unable to score as the Terps defeated the Panthers 8-0. Juniors Carissa Throckmorton and Carly Thea both went 2-for-2 in game one while Ashlee Sills went 2-for-3.
The Terps struck early in game as they put up three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Candice Beards homered to left field off of Pitt pitcher Savannah King giving Maryland a 3-0 lead to begin the game.
Pitt threatened to score four straight innings but left runners stranded in scoring position at the end of each. The Panthers recorded three hits in both the third and fourth innings.
Alexa Larkin entered the game for Pitt in place of King on the mound in the fourth inning but was unable to hold off the Terps. Maryland tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the fourth on five hits and added its eighth run in the sixth to end the game after six innings of play.
Game Two: Maryland 7, Pitt 6
Pitt and Maryland exchanged leads four different times throughout game two of the doubleheader however the Panthers were unable to hold off the Terps as they fell by a score of 7-6.
Sophomore Tori Nirschl started things off for Pitt in the top of the first inning when she crushed a homerun to right center field after Ashlee Sills was issued a walk to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead to begin the game.
Maryland answered right back in the bottom of the first when Shannon Bustillos hit a two-run homer to left field scoring leadoff hitter Amanda McCann to tie the game, 2-2.
Pitt was unable to score in the second inning and fell behind when the Terps tacked on a third run in the bottom half of the second.
The Panthers took the lead again in the top of the third inning. A Tori Nirschl walk and two singles by Carly Thea and Kaila Balatgek loaded the bases for freshman first baseman Kaitlin Manuel. Manuel smacked a bases clearing single to right field to give Pitt a 5-2 lead.
The Terps tied the game again in the bottom half of the third when Jessica Warner singled up the middle to score both the runners on second and third to tie the game at five piece.
After a scoreless fourth inning, both teams scored again in the fifth. The Panthers tacked on their final run of the game when Jordan Fannin hit an RBI single to score Balatgek who reached base on an error earlier in the inning. This gave Pitt a 6-5 lead heading into the bottom half of the inning.
The Panthers were unable to hold off the Terps as they added two more runs on three hits to give them a 7-6 lead which they would take with them into the top of the seventh. Pitt was unable to score in the sixth and seventh innings making the final score 7-6, Maryland.
The Panthers and the Terps will conclude their three game set on Sunday at Maryland Softball Stadium with first pitch set for 1 p.m. Click here for live stats or check out the in game Twitter updates by following @PittSoftball.
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