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Sept. 30, 2012

PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh softball team scored 18 runs in two games en route to a doubleheader sweep of Youngstown State on Sunday afternoon at Vartabedian Field.

The Panthers defeated the Penguins 10-1 in the opening contest, and then rolled to an 8-1 victory in game two.

"It was an extremely good day for us," head coach Holly Aprile said. "I was happy with our pitching. They got ahead of batters and kept them off balance. We were outstanding at the plate top to bottom today. We put together a ton of quality at bats."

Tori Nirschl, Taylor Henry and Carissa Throckmorton each hit homeruns in the first game, while Nirschl and Henry were both 2-for-3 with three RBI. Savannah King pitched five innings and allowed just one hit while striking out nine Penguins.

Catcher Holly Stevens led the offensive charge in the second game, going 3-for-4 with a homerun. Throckmorton tallied two more hits in game two, while Nirschl finished the day with six total RBI. Pitcher Alexa Larkin registered seven K's while sprinkling just three hits in seven innings of work.

The Panthers continue their fall ball action next Sunday, Oct. 7th at home against St. Francis. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 1 p.m.

Softball Sharp in Doubleheader Sweep of Youngstown State

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