Sept. 29, 2012
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh softball team split a pair of extra inning games with Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon at Vartabedian Field.
The Panthers won the first game 2-1 on a walk-off single by sophomore Maggie Sevilla in the eighth inning, and lost the second game 10-6 on a walk-off grand slam, also in the eighth inning (CSU was the designated home team in the second game).
"It was a good day for us overall," head coach Holly Aprile said. "I think we battled at the plate, and I would have liked to see us string a couple of more hits together at critical times and clean up a couple of fielding errors, but that is what these games are for."
Game One: Pittsburgh 2, Cleveland State 1 (Eight Innings)
The Panthers scored one run in the seventh and one run in the eighth for a come-from-behind 2-1 victory. Maggie Sevilla had the game-tying run and the game-winning RBI.
Sevilla reached in the seventh on a throwing error by the CSU shortstop, and then made her way to third courtesy of two wild pitches. She eventually crossed the plate with an RBI fielder's choice by Carissa Throckmorton.
Tori Nirschil led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a single up the middle. After being moved to third on a sac bunt and a ground out, Sevilla drove her in with a shot to right field for the decisive run.
Game Two: Cleveland State 10, Pittsburgh 6 (Eight Innings)
The Panthers hit four solo home runs, but an eighth inning grand slam by Cleveland State gave CSU the 10-6 victory.
With the Panthers trailing 4-2 entering the top of the fifth inning, Holly Stevens and Sevilla smacked back-to-back round trippers. Two batters later, Carissa Throckmorton gave Pitt a 5-4 lead with the Panthers' third homer of the inning.
CSU took the lead with two runs in the sixth, but Pitt then responded with a run in the top of the seventh.
Cleveland State loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, and walked-off with the victory via the grand slam.
Pittsburgh is back in action tomorrow at Vertabedian Field as the Panthers host Youngstown State for doubleheader. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.