May 6, 2012
PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh softball team concluded its 2012 regular-season with a 4-0 loss to Notre Dame at Vartabedian Field at the Petersen Sports Complex on Sunday.
The Panthers celebrated their eight seniors prior to first pitch. The 2012 Class of Yvette Bravo, Kristen Cheesebrew, Niki Cognigni, Ciera Damon, Keli Gaynor, Amanda Heitmeier, Kelly Hmiel and Jessica Rhodunda won 112 games over the past four seasons, including 40 in Big East play. This group also recorded three consecutive winning seasons.
Pitt (26-26, 8-14 Big East) made the game interesting in the bottom of the seventh when the first two batters - Hmiel and junior Holly Stevens - recorded back-to-back singles. Hmiel’s hit bounced just out of the Notre Dame short stop’s reach, while Stevens’ was to centerfield.
As play continued, both were left stranded when the Irish defense caught two fly balls and pitcher Laura Winter struck out the final batter of the contest.
Hmiel finished the weekend with a .444 batting average after recording at least one hit in all three games, including a double and a home run. She also posted a .889 slugging percentage in the series.
On the mound, freshman Savannah King took the loss. She finished the year as Pitt’s all-time single-season wins leader with a 19-16 record. King gave up four runs and nine hits in the contest.
Freshman Maggie Sevilla registered the first hit for the Panthers as the leadoff in the fourth inning.
Defensively, freshman Carissa Throckmorton made an impressive stop in the top of the second inning. She picked up a base hit that trickled into left field and fired the ball to Stevens, who tagged Notre Dame’s base runner that was headed home.
The Irish (36-13, 16-3) scored their runs in the third and fourth innings off three hits.
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