March 31, 2014
PITTSBURGH – Coming off a three game sweep of Virginia, the University of Pittsburgh softball team looks to carry that momentum into a midweek doubleheader when the Panthers host Robert Morris on Tuesday afternoon at Vartabedian Field. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.
SEVILLA BECOME FIRST EVER PITT SOFTBALL ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Redshirt sophomore Maggie Sevilla had an unstoppable week at the plate which led to her being named Pitt’s first-ever ACC Softball Player of the Week. In four games, Sevilla was 8-for-14 with three home runs, nine RBI and scored six runs. In the UVA series alone, she went 7-for-11 with two homers, seven RBI and five runs.
Sevilla is batting a ridiculous .542 during ACC play and has 13 hits in her 24 at bats. She is hitting .306 overall and is leading the team in homers, RBI, runs scored and doubles.
PANTHERS FIND THEIR BATS:
The Pitt offense erupted for 26 runs on 30 hits against the Cavaliers and hit seven homers in the three game set. Collectively, Pitt batted .395 and put up 10 hits in every game. Nine players in the Pitt lineup all had at least two hits.
Pitt also tallied four home runs in a 10-2 mercy rule victory to open the series. The four homers in the same game was the first time that had happened since April 4, 2012 at DePaul.
REVENGE ON THE MINDS:
The Panthers will look to redeem a pair of losses to the Colonials from last year when the two teams met on a cold and snowy day in Moon Township, Pa. Pitt leads the all-time series 22-15-1.
Robert Morris boasts one of the best pitchers in the NEC in Nicole Sleith. Sleith is 9-6 on the season with a razor-thin 1.19 ERA. In 105.2 innings of work, she has allowed just 58 hits while ringing up 126 strikeouts. Tess Apke leads the Colonials at the plate with a .341 average and owns a team-best four homers and 13 RBI.
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