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Crunch Time: Pitt Softball Hosts Providence on Wednesday




April 30, 2013

Game Notes

PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh softball team (16-27, 5-12) will look to make a run towards the postseason beginning on Wednesday with a critical doubleheader against Providence (21-24-1, 7-10) at Vartabedian Field. First pitch is set for 12:30 p.m.

This is the final week of the regular-season and the Panthers have five games remaining; these two with Providence and then a three-game series at Rutgers this weekend.  

A LOOK AT THE BIG EAST STANDING:

Four of the eight tickets to the Big East Tournament have been punched (Louisville, Notre Dame, USF and DePaul), but spots 5-8 are undecided and eight teams are still in the running to fill the remaining four spots.

The Panthers are currently in 11th place, but have a chance to make up some ground as their final two series come against the seventh and eighth place teams in the standings (Providence and Rutgers). The Pitt/Providence series is the only Big East mid-week series before heading into the final weekend of action.   

SCOUTING THE FRIARS:

Providence is heating up as the Friars have won their last five games and nine of their last 10. Last time out, PC swept a three-game series from Villanova and outscored the Wildcats 16-7.

Jessie Bryant leads four players who bat over .300 as she has a .372 average. Conversely, Providence pitching has a collective ERA of 4.90 and opponents are batting .322 against the Friars.

COVERAGE:

Fans can follow live stats for both games by clicking here, and can also receive in-game updates on Twitter by following @PittSoftball.