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Feb. 21, 2014

Game 1: Box Score | Game 2: Box Score 

BOCA RATON, Fla. – The University of Pittsburgh softball team (6-6) split on day one of the FAU Invitational beating Kent State 1-0 and losing 9-0 to Michigan in five innings.

Game 1: Pitt 1, Kent State 0

Junior pitcher Savannah King tossed her first shutout of the season as the Panthers picked up a 1-0 victory over Kent State (4-2) at the FAU Invitational in Boca Raton, Fla. 

This win marks King’s 10th career shutout. She is now tied for fourth place in the record book with Alyssa O’Connell (2008-11) in career shutouts.

Offensively, King held the Golden Flashes to just three hits the entire game while Pitt posted at least one hit in every inning leading up to sixth.  Juniors Carissa Throckmorton and Carly Thea contributed two hits each for the Panthers while junior Jordan Fannin and freshman Kaitlin Manuel each added one. Both Pitt and Kent State were scoreless through the end of the fifth.

In the top of the sixth inning the Panthers scored the only run of the game. Throckmorton, who currently leads the Panthers with a .375 batting average, led off the inning with a double to right-center field for Pitt. A ground out to the second baseman by Maggie Sevilla advanced Throckmorton to third to set up the scoring play. Throckmorton scored by beating out the throw to home after Thea was thrown out at first by the Golden Flashes’ shortstop.

Kent State looked to score in the seventh after their leadoff hitter singled to right-center field and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, but the Panthers were able to hold off the Golden Flashes the remainder of the game, giving Pitt the 1-0 win. 

Game 2: Michigan 9, Pitt 0 (Five Innings)

The University of Pittsburgh softball team was shutout by the University of Michigan in game two of the FAU Invitational by a score of 9-0 earlier this afternoon. The Wolverines produced nine runs on 14 hits in the first two innings of play.

Michigan broke the game open in the top of the first inning, scoring two runs on a pair of singles and a double.

The Wolverines offense continued the following inning, manufacturing seven runs in the second. Nicole Sappingfield cleared the bases with a three-run homer with two outs and two runners on to give the Wolverines a 5-0 lead. Michigan tacked on four more runs that inning to make the score 9-0 at the end of the second inning.

Pitt held Michigan scoreless the following three innings but the mercy-rule ended the game in the fifth.

Sophomore outfielder Tori Nirschl had two of Pitt’s three hits while junior Jordan Fannin added one.

The Panthers return to action tomorrow when they take on in-state rival Penn State at 4 p.m. EST. Pitt will end day two of the FAU Invitational under the lights against tournament host Florida Atlantic at 8 p.m.  Panther fans can follow live stats by clicking here

Pitt Splits on Day One of FAU Invitational

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