Feb. 20, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. – After a hard-fought 2-3 showing in the USF Invitational in Tampa last weekend, the Panthers are set to return to the Sunshine State this weekend for the FAU Invitational in Boca Raton, Fla.
The Panthers will open the tournament against Kent State on Friday, February 21st at 9 a.m., and will take on Michigan at 1 p.m. Pitt will face in-state rival Penn State followed by host FAU on Saturday, with an afternoon rematch against Kent State on Sunday to finish the tournament.
Carissa Throckmorton is headed to Boca Raton on a hot streak after pacing the Panthers offensively in last weekend’s USF Invitational. The junior shortstop went 7-17 at the dish over five games to boost her team-leading average of .371, highlighted by a two-run triple against Binghamton which helped the Panthers to victory. Her early-season success is among the best in the ACC, checking in at first in the league with two triples, and third in both total bases and hits with 23 and 13, respectively. Her three doubles are second-most in the conference as well.
Maggie Sevilla capped off Pitt’s play last weekend by launching a thrilling go-ahead two-run home run in the sixth inning to give Pitt an 11-10 victory over Binghamton on Sunday. Her offense has been vital to the Panthers start as she currently leads the team in runs (7), home runs (3), and RBI (9).
The Panthers have had mixed results against this weekend’s opponents in their history, going just 10-34 against the field. Kent State and Pitt have met 16 times, the most of any opponent the Panthers will face this weekend. The last time the Golden Flashes were on the schedule was during the 2012 season, when Pitt took the season series 2-1.