April 9, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh softball team (14-20) and Penn State University (8-23) will renew their instate rivalry on Wednesday as the Panthers host the Nittany Lions for a doubleheader at Vartabedian Field. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.
The Panthers will look to snap a seven-game losing streak on Wednesday against the Nittany Lions. Most recently, Pitt dropped a three-game series to perennial national-power USF.
Carly Thea has emerged as the offensive leader since the beginning of Big East play. In Pitt’s last eight games, Thea is leading the team with a .429 batting average and has team-highs in hits (9), runs (4), doubles (4), total bases (13) and stolen bases (3).
Savannah King made three relief appearances against USF and pitched very well in her outings. In game two against the Bulls, King threw four innings and allowed just one hit and no runs. In Sunday’s finale, the sophomore entered the game in the top of the first inning with no outs and retired 14 straight batters. In all, she pitched 15.1 innings, allowed 10 hits and tallied eight strikeouts.
Penn State currently has a record of 8-23 overall and 1-7 in Big Ten action. Cassidy Bell is unquestionably PSU’s best player. Bell leads the team in every offensive category and has smacked 15 home runs which ranks her second nationally in home runs per game average.
Penn State is at St. Francis for two games on Tuesday evening before heading to Pittsburgh.
Fans can follow live stats for both games on Wednesday by clicking here, and can also receive in-game updates by following @PittSoftball on Twitter.
Meet the Team: Sophomore Transfer Gabrielle Fredericks
Meet the Team: Sophomore Taylor Myers
Meet the Team: Sophomore Sarah Dawson
Meet the Team: Sophomore Alexis Solak
Meet the Team: Sophomore Olivia Gray
Meet the Team: Sophomore Marissa DeMatteo