Feb. 28, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. – Coming off a 4-1 weekend at the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic hosted by Western Kentucky, the University of Pittsburgh softball team (5-5) heads to the ESPN Citrus Classic this weekend at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex.
The Panthers are set to open the tournament on Friday morning at 11 a.m. against No. 13/13 Louisiana-Lafayette, followed by a game with that afternoon against James Madison at 3:30 p.m. Saturday action pairs Pitt against LIU Brooklyn at 2:30 p.m. and Fordham at 4:45 p.m. The Panthers will conclude action on Sunday morning with a contest against Fairfield at 11:15 p.m.
Saturday’s game against Fordham will be live for a national audience to watch on ESPN3. Fans can catch the game on their computer by clicking here.
LOOKING BACK AT THE HILLTOPPER CLASSIC:
The Panthers recorded victory against South Dakota St., Western Michigan, Western Kentucky and Valparaiso last weekend at WKU.
Holly Stevens earned Big East Weekly Honor Roll for her efforts at the plate as she went 6-for-15 with two home runs and five RBI. She also added six walks, five runs, three doubles and a steal to her stat line. Against WMU, Stevens hit two solo home runs to increase her school record total to 30. She also surpassed the 100 career RBI plateau and is now 17 shy of the all-time lead in that category.
Along with Stevens, Savannah King and Ashlee Sills were named to the Hilltopper Classic All-Tournament Team. King was 3-1 in the circle and 6-for-11 at the plate with three RBI, while Sills was 6-for-16 at the dish and made numerous great plays in right field, including two outfield assists that ended the game as she threw out the runner trying to tag from third.
SCOUTING THE FIELD:
Louisiana-Lafayette is the team to keep an eye on as they are currently 12-2 and ranked 13th in both the NFCA/USA Today and the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 polls. The Ragin’ Cajuns reached Super Regionals last season but ultimately fell short to Arizona State.
James Madison is receiving votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll. JMU enters the tournament with a mark of 7-3 and has already knocked off two Big East teams in USF and Syracuse. LIU Brooklyn was an NCAA team a season ago, but is off to a tough start in 2013 with a record of 2-12.