May 1, 2012
PITTSBURGH--Following a nine-day hiatus, the University of Pittsburgh softball team resumes action on Wednesday, May 2, hosting Robert Morris in a 4 p.m. doubleheader at Vartabedian Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.
Prior to their bye-week, the Panthers (25-22) earned a Big East series win over UConn. Pitt won two-of-three, as junior Holly Stevens scored her team-leading 29th run of the season in a 1-0 victory during the third contest. Stevens leads the team in hits (40), RBI (25) and home runs (nine).
On the year, senior Niki Cognigni has 11 multi-hit games, as well as four multi-RBI contests. Cognigni also has 79 assists and 55 putouts.
Freshman Savannah King holds the single-season record for wins (18) on the mound and also ranks second overall in single-season strikeouts (174). King is rated second in the Big East in innings pitched (205.2) and third with a 1.60 ERA. Combined, the all-freshman pitching staff of King and Alexa Larkin rank among the league's top four with a 2.07 ERA.
Robert Morris (31-19) is coming off a sweep over Central Connecticut State, where it clinched the outright Northeast Conference (NEC) regular-season title for the second straight season.
Individually, Nicole Sleith was named both NEC Pitcher of the Week and Rookie of the Week, earning both awards for the second-consecutive week. Sleith paces the squad with a 1.59 ERA and 22 wins in 43 appearances on the mound. At the plate, Sarah Capp holds a .355 batting average with 36 RBI, six doubles and six homers.
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