Despite a back-and-forth battle which saw the Pittsburgh Panthers (4-22, 1-5) fight back from an early deficit, they dropped their home opener to the Ohio Bobcats, 9-11, on Tuesday night. It hasn’t been the season that many envisioned, but that hasn’t stopped Pitt from fighting in every game from start to finish.
Ohio got off to a fast start thanks to back-to-back solo home runs in the first inning. Another solo home run at the top of the third inning gave the Bobcats a 3-0 advantage, as the Panthers had yet to find their footing offensively.
By the bottom of the third, sophomore Hunter Levesque decided she had enough. After a single to center by freshman Katlyn Pavlick, the center fielder put one over the left field wall to pull her team within one.
Levesque wasn’t satisfied with trailing. After both teams failed to score in the fourth inning and Ohio failed to score in the top of the fifth, Levesque hit another 2-run bomb to give the Panthers a 4-3 lead.
However, Pitt couldn’t hold the Bobcats back any longer in the top of the seventh. Ohio retook the lead on a 2-run homer, which ended up being the start of a 6-run inning. While a double play allowed the Panthers to get off the field, the damage was done.
Pitt didn’t hang their heads. After loading the bases, junior infielder Alexee Haynes hit a grand slam to once again bring the Panthers within one run of their opponent. Senior infielder Gabrielle Fredericks followed that up with a solo home run, tying the game.
With both teams trading blow after blow, it seemed destined for the game to reach extra innings. After neither team scored in the eight or ninth inning, Ohio was able to take a 2-point advantage due to an outfield fielding error. Pitt was unable to answer in the bottom of the tenth, and the Bobcats came away with the road win.