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Softball Defeats Kentucky, Cleveland State




Sept. 22, 2012

CLEVELAND – The University of Pittsburgh softball team recorded a pair of victories against Kentucky and the host Vikings at the Cleveland State Fall Tournament on Saturday.

The Panthers opened the day with a 6-1 victory against the UK Wildcats. Pittsburgh plated three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to separate from Kentucky. Tori Nirschl, Holly Stevens and Savannah King each had two hits, while Stevens and King both went yard. King also struck out 11 batters and allowed just three hits.  

In its second game, Pitt topped Cleveland State 3-0, behind a one-hit performance by pitcher Alexa Larkin. Maggie Sevilla provided run support with a long ball, and Stevens continued her stellar day with an RBI double.

“I was really pleased with our energy and focus today,” head coach Holly Aprile said. “Tori (Nirschl) set the tone right off the bat from the leadoff spot and our pitching was terrific.” 

The Panthers are back in action tomorrow with two more games against Kentucky and Cleveland State. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.