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Panthers and Bulls Set for Three-Game Series

Kaila Balatgek has started every game at shortstop this season

Kaila Balatgek has started every game at shortstop this season

April 5, 2013

Game Notes

PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh softball team (14-17, 3-3) welcomes the USF Bulls (29-11, 7-1) to Vartabedian Field this weekend for a three-game series beginning on Saturday at 12 p.m., and concluding on Sunday at 12 p.m. 

Saturday will feature a doubleheader that fans can listen to by clicking here. Games one and three of the series will be aired live on Pitt Panthers Television (Comcast channels 188 or 210), while live stats will be available all weekend, as will in-game updates by following @PittSoftball on Twitter.

STUDENT DAY AT VARTABEDIAN FIELD: 

Students are encouraged to come out to Vartabedian Field this weekend and show their support for the Pitt softball team while being eligible to win up to $250 in cash prizes. The two organizations with the most supporters in attendance will win cash, while other prizes include an iTunes gift card and Pitt apparel. You do not have to be part of an organization to be eligible to win. There will be a sign-up sheet at the marketing table by the entrance of the field to register.

PANTHERS ENTER THE WEEKEND 7th IN CONFERENCE:


 

 

In the race for postseason play, the Panthers currently sit in 7th place. The top eight teams at the end of the regular-season will venture to Tampa, Fla. to participate in the single elimination Big East Tournament. Pitt is 3-3 in conference after taking 2-of-3 from St. John's, and dropping 2-of-3 to DePaul. USF is 7-1 and in second place. The Bulls' only conference loss came to Rutgers.

STEVENS CONTINUES TO APPROACH RBI RECORD:

Senior captain Holly Stevens continues to inch closer to the all-time RBI record at Pitt. Stevens has 116 career runs batted in and she needs just four more to tie the record of 120 set by Samantha Card (2006-09), and five more to be alone at the top. Her 33 home runs is also a program best.

SCOUTING THE BULLS:

USF is one of the hottest teams in the country right now, having won 23 of their last 24 games. The Bulls endured a seven game losing streak early in the season which knocked them out of the national rankings, but they are now receiving votes in both polls.

The Bulls' pitching staff was instrumental in helping USF reach the College World Series last season, and they have not disappointed this season. Lefty Sara Nevins and righty Lindsey Richardson spearhead the staff which has the second lowest ERA in the nation at 1.32.

Nevins, a junior, is the ace of the staff and just became the school record holder for strikeouts with 674. She is 14-5 on the season with a 1.16 ERA which ranks second in the Big East and 13th nationally. Nevins is only behind Richardson in ERA as the senior leads the conference at 1.03, ranking her 8th in the nation. Richardson is 9-3 overall this season.