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Softball Recap: Penn State, Parshall Blank Rival Pitt

Bailey Parshall turned in another dominant performance against the Panthers on Tuesday.



Penn State Softball, Kylee Lingenfelter
Clemson softballs sit on a fence during the Clemson softball Orange vs Purple scrimmage at McWhorter Stadium in Clemson Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023. Clemson Softball Orange Vs Purple Scrimmage © Ken Ruinard - staff / USA TODAY NETWORK

State College — It’s always a good day when the Penn State Nittany Lions take down an in-state rival, regardless of the sport. Penn State softball did just that against Pitt on Tuesday, in a matchup often coined as a “Keystone Rivalry.” Led by Bailey Parshall, the game was a nail-biter throughout but ended in the Lions’ favor.

Bailey Parshall Blanks Pitt

Penn State held Pitt scoreless the entire game due to another standout performance from super senior Bailey Parshall. Parshall has posted a season ERA of 0.96 so far, which ranks second in the Big Ten. Moreover, Bailey Parshall has the lowest opposing batting average in the conference at .132. Parshall has struck out 95 batters (fourth in the Big Ten) and has the second most wins in the Big Ten at 11. She has only allowed eleven earned runs and nine walks the entire season. Given all this, Parshall has easily been one of the best pitchers in the Big Ten this season and will help Penn State softball reach new heights. 

In another complete game against Pitt, Bailey Parshall struck out eleven batters on 109 pitches. On top of that, she allowed no earned runs and no walks. 

Penn State Softball Walks it Off

Pitt’s Abby Edwards kept the Penn State bats quiet the whole game. Edwards allowed only three hits and two walks and struck out five batters.

The Lions loaded the bases in the eighth inning from a single from Liana Jones, a walk from Lilia Crouthamel, and a single from Melody Coombs. Then, with the bases loaded, Emily Maddock hit a walk-off single to score Jones and win the game for the Nittany Lions 1-0.

Penn State softball opens conference play against Iowa in State College on Friday

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Currently a Penn State student majoring in Data Sciences, Surya is a passionate New York sports fan. He covers Penn State baseball, softball, and more.


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