PITTSBURGH, Pa. (March 21, 2012) – As has been the case for a majority of this season, the Saint Francis University softball team split a pair of games Wednesday afternoon against Pittsburgh.

With the one win, it is the first time SFU had beaten Pitt since they swept them in the 2008 season. In addition to its first win over the Panthers in four years, Saint Francis has tied its win total from all of last season with 10.

Pitt (15-9) got on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the fourth inning on a successful sacrifice fly to left field that scored the runner from third. The Panthers tallied another run in their next inning of offense with a runner at third and an error at shortstop. In the bottom of inning six, Pittsburgh recorded its final run of the contest off of a leadoff solo shot from Holly Stevens.

SFU (10-10) had its best chance to score in the top of the sixth when Paige Smith and Kaitlin Andler collected back-to-back singles. Smith advanced to third on Andler’s base knock and Andler swiped second on the next play but the Flash failed to drive in the waiting runners.

Brooke Koch (3-1) pitched a strong game but suffered the loss after tossing six innings and surrendering six hits and one earned run that came on the solo homerun. Smith and Andler collected two hits each, giving the Flash four total hits.

In the bottom of the first of the second game the Panthers had a chance to open up the scoring after starting pitcher Chelsea Rex let up two walks. With one out, Taylor Parsons fielded a sharp ground ball and cleanly tossed onto Davina Kachnovitz, who threw onto Taylor Darneille at first for the inning ending double play.

Pitt would get a run however in the next frame by way of a solo homerun to dead center by Carissa Throckmorton. The Red Flash had some homerun magic of their own though in the top of the third thanks to a two-run blast to the scoreboard in left field by Kachnovitz that brought in her and Brianna Garcia.

The Panthers got even in the next half inning with another solo shot, this one off of the left field foul pole, tying the game at two. Saint Francis regained the lead in the top of the fifth when Rex drew a two-out full count bases loaded walk to put the Flash ahead 3-2. Saint Francis recorded a flawless bottom of the seventh to hang on for the one-run victory.

Rex improved her pitching record to 3-5 on the season after throwing all seven innings of four hit ball giving up just two earned runs. Kachnovitz picked up two hits, two RBI and two runs scored in the win.

Saint Francis begins Northeast Conference action this weekend with a pair of doubleheaders, first against Wagner on Saturday slated to begin at 1 p.m.