April 8, 2014
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Coming off a 2-0 victory on Sunday at Boston College, the University of Pittsburgh softball team will travel to Virginia Tech this Wednesday for a midweek doubleheader against the Hokies. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Junior Carly Thea will look to continue her recent success at the plate for the Panthers (13-17, 4-7 ACC). In five games last week, the centerfielder/first baseman batted .727 as she went 8-for-11 at the plate. Thea posted a week-long stat line of three home runs, five RBI, seven runs scored, three stolen bases and an unheard of 1.626 slugging percentage. She leads the team in batting average at .397 and is riding a seven game hitting streak.
Tori Nirschl, last year’s Big East Rookie of the Year, has found her groove in ACC play and is batting .382 during conference action. She has hit all four of her long-balls and has driven in 12 of her 14 runs against league opponents this season. Nirschl is batting .281 overall with 25 hits and leads the team in both stolen bases and walks.
Virginia Tech is coming off a series sweep of Georgia Tech and has won its last six ACC games to improve its record to 22-16 overall and 11-6 in ACC play. The Panthers will attempt to slow down Hokie hitter Kylie McGoldrick, as she leads her team with a .361 average and eight home runs.
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Following the two games at Virginia Tech, the Panthers will open an eight game home stand which includes series against Syracuse, No. 9 Florida State and Georgia Tech.