April 16, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Pittsburgh softball team (16-22, 5-7) travels to take on No. 8/8 Louisville (37-6, 10-1) this Wednesday afternoon for a midweek doubleheader at Ulmer Stadium. First pitch is set for 12 p.m.
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LAST TIME OUT:
Last weekend the Panthers took 2-of-3 from Seton Hall to improve their conference record to 5-7. All three games were decided by one run, and the Panthers are now 6-2 in one run games. Pitt is currently in seventh place in the Big East standings and the top eight teams will qualify for the Big East Tournament.
STEVENS SETS RBI RECORD:
With her RBI double in the top of the third inning of game two against Seton Hall, Holly Stevens became Pitt’s all-time leader in runs batted in. She broke a tie with Samantha Card who had 120 career RBI from 2006-09. Stevens now has 122 runs batted in, and she is also the all-time home runs leader at Pitt with 34 and counting.
NIRSCHL EARNS BIG EAST HONOR ROLL:
Freshman Tori Nirschl was named to the Big East Honor Roll for the week of 4/15 after going 5-for-11 at the plate with two home runs, five RBI, five runs and three doubles at SHU. All of her hits went for extra bases, and she now has a team-high 10 home runs. She is also leading the Panthers in average (.322), hits (39), runs (30), total bases (81) and walks (18).
SCOUTING THE CARDINALS:
One of the top teams in the nation, Louisville enters Wednesday’s doubleheader with an overall record of 37-6 and has won 10 games in a row.
As a team, the Cardinals own a .338 batting average which ranks them 11th nationally. Their 6.79 runs per game is 13th best in the country, and they average 1.91 doubles per game, which is third best in the country. They lead the Big East in all of those categories.
Individually, Katie Keller is the front runner for Big East Player of the Year as she paces the offense with 61 hits, 50 runs, 16 doubles, 10 home runs and 44 RBI, while batting .439. All of those numbers are team-highs. In the circle, Caralisa Connell is 23-2 on the season with a .185 ERA. Louisville’s No. 2 pitcher, Rachel Le Coq, is 14-4 with a 1.91 ERA.
The Panthers return home for a three-game series with Notre Dame this coming weekend at Vartabedian Field. Saturday’s doubleheader will be live on ESPN3 and Sunday’s game can be seen locally on Pitt Panthers Television (Comcast channels 188 or 210). First pitch for both days is set for 12 p.m.