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Panthers Drop Rubber Match to Louisville

Robert Morris

PITTSBURGH – Pitt and Louisville started off with a pitcher’s duel as the two teams combined for three hits through the first four innings. The Panthers weren’t able to quiet the Cardinals bats in the top of the fifth, ultimately dropping 9-0 at Vartabedian Field, Sunday afternoon.

Pitt loaded the base in the bottom of the second after Amanda “Tuta” Ramirez drew a leadoff walk. Alena Ball got the first hit of the game with a single through the left side and Kylie Griggs was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs. The Panthers weren’t able to score any runs as the inning ended with a pop up to third base.

Danni Farris had a strong outing in the circle, holding the Cardinals to one hit in 4.1 innings. Farris struck out the leadoff batter and walked the next in the top of the fifth before the Panthers made a pitching change – entering Kyra Pittman in the circle.

Farris (1-3) ended the day allowing one earned run on two hits with three strikeouts, four walks, and a hit by pitch in 5.1 innings.

The Cardinals hit three home runs and plated seven runs in the top of the fifth inning to take the lead. Louisville started with back-to-back home runs to take a 4-0 lead with one out. Bailee Richardson hit the third home run of the inning; a three-run homer just left of the scoreboard to increase the Cardinals lead to 7-0.

Louisville increased the lead to 9-0 off a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning. Farris re-entered in the circle and retired three of four batters faced to end the inning.

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