March 14, 2013
FAIRFAX, Va. – In its final regular-season tournament of the season, the University of Pittsburgh softball team (9-9) travels to the Cherry Blossom Classic this weekend hosted by George Mason University.
Pitt opens the tournament on Friday afternoon with a doubleheader against Canisius (8-4) and Ohio State (12-7) beginning at 12:15 p.m. On Saturday, the Panthers play Canisius at 12:45 p.m., followed by a game with George Mason (6-11) at 5:15 p.m. The Panthers concludes the Cherry Blossom Classic on Sunday with a game against OSU at 12:15 p.m.
PANTHERS LOOK TO RETURN TO WINNING WAYS:
The Panthers look to get back to their winning ways after an 0-3 weekend at the Diamond Devil Classic hosted by Arizona State. Pitt fell to No. 2 Arizona State twice and then lost to UC Davis while in Tempe. Prior to that tournament however, the Panthers had won eight of their previous 10 contests.
Freshman Kathryn Duran and senior Holly Stevens hit solo home runs in the second game against ASU last weekend. Duran’s homer to straight away center was the first of her career. Stevens recorded the 31st round-tripper of her career, and with every home run, she continues to add to her school record. Stevens also needs just 12 more RBI to become the all-time leader in that category.
Freshman Tori Nirschl continues to pace the offense. The leadoff batter raised her average to .367 last weekend, and she is tops on the team in at bats (60), hits (22), runs (17), triples (2) and she is tied for the team-high in homers (3).
Pittsburgh opens its home schedule after this weekend’s tournament. The Panthers will host St. Francis (Pa.) for a midweek doubleheader on Tuesday, March 19th, and then opens Big East play by welcoming St. John’s for a three games series beginning on Saturday at Noon for a doubleheader. The series concludes with one game on Sunday at noon.
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