March 24, 2014
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh softball team (8-13) is set to host Ohio State (15-14) on Tuesday afternoon for a nonconference doubleheader at Vartabedian Field. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.
Inclement weather has been a factor for the Panthers this season as they have had to cancel their last six consecutive games. Last weekend’s series finale against North Carolina was called due to the ACC’s ‘Feels Like’ rule in which the temperature has to feel warmer than 32 degrees to play. Last Wednesday’s doubleheader with Saint Francis was called because of rain, while all three games in South Bend this past weekend were called for the ‘Feels Like’ rule. To date, the Panthers have had nine cancellations this year.
Despite the recent layoff, Maggie Sevilla will look to continue her hot hitting of late as she is batting a team-best .462 in Pitt’s last five games. In the Panthers’ doubleheader against UNC, Sevilla was 3-for-6 at the plate and all three of her hits were doubles. She now has a team-high five doubles on the season and a team-best 12 RBI.
This will be the fourth straight year the Panthers and Buckeyes have met. Most recently, the two teams faced off twice at the Cherry Blossom Classic hosted by George Mason last season. Ohio State won both of those contests and they own a 10-3 all-time series advantage.
Tuesday’s doubleheader in the start of a seven game home stand for the Panthers as they host Virginia this weekend then Robert Morris next Tuesday. Moving forward, Pitt will play 10 of its 17 games at home during the month of April.
Fans can follow live stats or watch a live webstream for tomorrow’s game on www.pittsburghpanthers.com. In-game Twitter updates are also available by following @PittSoftball. Be sure to check Twitter and pittsburghpanthers.com for game time updates as there are more cold temperatures in the Pittsburgh area which may affect tomorrow’s action.