April 12, 2013
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – The University of Pittsburgh softball team (14-21, 3-6) will look to pick up three crucial conference victories this weekend when the Panthers travel to take on the Seton Hall Pirates (11-21, 1-7) at Mike Sheppard, Sr. Field.
Saturday will feature a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m., while Sunday’s finale will also be at 12 p.m. Live stats for the entire weekend are available here, while in-game updates will also be provided by following @PittSoftball on Twitter.
STEVENS EYES RBI RECORD:
Senior second baseman Holly Stevens tied Pitt’s all-time RBI record on Wednesday afternoon with a Grand Slam in the second inning against Penn State. Stevens is now tied with Samantha Card (2006-09) with 120 runs batted in, and will look to claim sole possession of first place with one more RBI this weekend.
Stevens’ Grand Slam was Pitt’s first of the season and it was her seventh round-tripper of the campaign. She now has 34 career homers, which is the school record by 11.
THEA LOOKS TO REMAIN HOT AT THE PLATE:
Sophomore Carly Thea has been leading the offense during conference play. Through the team’s first nine Big East games, Thea is batting .429 with nine hits, four doubles and four runs scored, all of which lead the team. She has raised her overall batting average to .261.
A GLANCE AT THE BIG EAST STANDINGS:
If the season ended today, the Panthers would claim the eighth and final spot in the Big East Tournament. Pitt will look to even its conference record at 6-6 this weekend before playing two of the top Big East teams in #11/10 Louisville and Notre Dame. Seton Hall is currently in last place with a conference mark of 1-7.
USF will host the conference tournament in Tampa, May 10-12.
Pitt is at Louisville for a midweek doubleheader on April 17th, and will then host Notre Dame for a three-game series, April 20-21. The Saturday doubleheader against Notre Dame on the 20th will be aired live on ESPN3.