March 21, 2013
Pittsburgh, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh softball team (11-12) will open up its Big East and home schedule this weekend as the Panthers welcome St. John’s (6-20-1) to Vartabedian Field for a three-game series.
The series will begin on Saturday at 1 p.m. with a doubleheader and will conclude with one game on Sunday at Noon.
PANTHERS LOOK TO BUILD OFF CHERRY BLOSSOM CLASSIC:
The Panthers will try to open conference play on the right foot after last weekend at the Cherry Blossom Classic in Fairfax, Va. where they went 2-3 with wins over Canisius and George Mason.
Sophomore Carissa Throckmorton batted .462 at the tournament, leading the way offensively for the Panthers. Throckmorton hit two home runs to go along with six hits, four runs and three RBI. For the season, she is hitting .313 overall with five homers and 10 RBI.
Senior Holly Stevens continues her chase of history as she is now eight RBI shy of becoming the all-time leader in that category. She currently has 113 RBI for her career and is chasing Samantha Card, who had 120 from 2006-09. If Stevens can pass Card, she would be the all-time leader for both home runs and RBI.
A LOOK AT THE RED STORM:
St. John’s enters the series with a 6-20-1 record and is also coming off of a tournament last weekend. The Red Storm went 1-3 in the GWU Capital Invitational Tournament with a win against Akron.
St. John’s is led by Jackie Reed and Chrissy Montez on the offensive side. Reed is hitting .375 on the season with two HR and six RBI. Montez is hitting .353 with six HR and 19 RBI. Tori Free has been solid for the Red Storm with a 3.32 ERA and 83 strikeouts.
Pittsburgh heads back on the road after this weekend’s home series. The Panthers will travel to Chicago for a three-game series next weekend at DePaul.
Fans can follow live stats for this weekend’s action by clicking here, and can also receive updates via Twitter by following @PittSoftball.
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