May 4, 2014
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Pittsburgh softball team (15-29, 6-18 ACC) dropped a 7-5 decision to Maryland (11-35, 7-16 ACC) Sunday afternoon in its final matchup of the season at Maryland Softball Stadium in College Park, Maryland. The Panthers tallied eight hits but gave up 12 to the Terps in the loss.
Ashlee Sills started things off for the Panthers in the first inning with a single up the middle. Sills stole second but wasn’t there for too long as Carly Thea doubled to left field to bring her around to score and Pitt took an early 1-0 lead.
The Panther’s lead didn’t last too long as Maryland answered in the bottom half of the first. Two straight singles put runners on first and second for the Terps. Both runners crossed the plate on a double to right center by Kylie Datil, giving Maryland a 2-1 advantage after one complete inning.
After two complete innings, Tori Nirschl stepped to the plate in the top of the third and crushed a solo homerun to center field to put the Panthers up 3-2. This was Nirschl’s eighth homerun of the season and second on the weekend. However, Pitt was unable to hold that lead as Maryland tied it at three in the bottom half of the inning.
Pitt took the lead again in the top of the fourth inning on an infield single by Kaitlin Manuel. Carissa Throckmorton reached first on an error by the Maryland shortstop to lead off the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Balatgek. Manuel stepped to the plate next to give the Panthers a 4-3 lead.
Pitt held the lead going into the fifth but Maryland struck back again and tied the game at four a piece on two hits and an error committed by the Panthers. The Terps added three more runs to the board in the sixth to make the score 7-4 after a bases clearing triple.
The Panthers had a chance to tie the game in the top of the seventh. Morgan Choe reached first on an error by the third baseman to begin the inning and advanced to second on a single to left field by Sills. Sills was called out at second on a fielder’s choice by Maryland but Pitt still had runners on first and third. Choe, who advanced to third on the fielder’s choice, scored after Thea hit a hard single to the shortstop that was unplayable. With two runners on Pitt had the winning run at the plate but Throckmorton fouled out to left field to end the game.
The Panthers finished 15-29 on the season and 6-18 in conference play in their first ever season in the ACC.
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