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Panthers reminisce on time with Coach Aprile

Pitt softball coach Holly Aprile announced her resignation on Sunday, and will take the head coaching job at Louisville. (Photo courtesy of Pitt Athletics)

By Tessa Sayers, For The Pitt News

July 18, 2018

Head coach Holly Aprile announced her resignation from Pitt Softball on Sunday. The announcement comes after the softball team’s most successful season yet, which included the program’s first ACC Coastal Division title in its history.

Pitt Softball loses ACC Championship game

Pitt Softball player Hunter Levesque celebrates the Panthers' success during their victory against Virginia Tech in the 2018 ACC Softball Tournament. (Photo courtesy of Delvin Jones)

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

May 16, 2018

The Panthers softball team finished its most successful season yet with a 33-18-1 record, earning head coach Holly Aprile the ACC Coach of the Year honor. With two victories over Louisville earlier this month, the Panthers ended the season as ACC Coastal Champions for the first time in school history — and...

Gray’s got it in the glove

Olivia Gray began playing softball as a 6-year-old and just ended her sphomore season with the Panthers. Will Miller | Senior Staff Photographer

By Rebecca Sauers | Staff Writer

May 30, 2017

When 5-year-old Olivia Gray was offered a spot on a youth softball team, she didn’t want to play because she was afraid of failing. But her father, Shawn, encouraged her to give the sport another chance because of his daughter’s competitive attitude. He wanted to see her play a sport where there...

Pitt softball stumbles against Georgia Tech

Sophomore Sarah Dawson struggled on Sunday, giving up five earned runs in Pitt's 12-2 loss. Kyleen Considine | Visual Editor

By Rebecca Sauers | Staff Writer

May 8, 2017

The Pitt softball team concluded its season this weekend in Atlanta by dropping two of three against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Pitt’s (24-23, 7-16 ACC) defense was mixed this weekend, giving up only two runs in game one before giving up a combined 19 runs in two and three. The inconsistent...

Pitt softball pummels Virginia Tech Hokies in sweep

Junior shortstop McKayla Taylor hit three home runs and drove in six RBIs for the Panthers this weekend against Virginia Tech. John Hamilton | Contributing Editor

By Brandon Glass | For The Pitt News

April 10, 2017

The Pitt softball team likely will not reenter the Top 25 rankings this season, but with this weekend’s sweep of the Virginia Tech Hokies, the Panthers gained three critically needed in-conference wins. Pitt (21-16, 4-11 ACC) started an extended home stretch by winning back-to-back in-conference...

Over Knight Sensation: Brittany Knight carving out starring role for Panthers

Brittany Knight won the ACC Pitcher of the Week award after her first week of collegiate competition. Elaina Zachos | Senior Staff Photographer

By Rebecca Sauers | Staff Writer

April 6, 2017

You can’t pitch any better than Pitt true freshman Brittany Knight did Feb. 10, in her first game of college competition. Still, she was startled when a trainer approached her during a practice the next week. “Oh, congrats on ACC Pitcher of the Week,” the trainer said. “I was like, ‘...

Pitt softball gets back on track with 8-3 win at Saint Francis

McKayla Taylor hit a home run in Pitt’s 8-3 extra inning win at St. Francis. Kyleen Considine | Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 5, 2017

Returning from a humbling three-game sweep at the hands of the No. 1 Florida State Seminoles, the Pitt softball team got back on track Wednesday night. The Panthers (18-16) defeated the Saint Francis Red Flash (27-9) 8-3 in an extra-innings nonconference clash in Loretto, Pennsylvania. Pitt snapp...

Panthers slam state rival Nittany Lions, 7-1

The Pitt softball team greets sophomore Gabrielle Fredericks at home plate after her pinch-hit two-run home run in a 7-1 win over Penn State. Kyleen Considine | Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 29, 2017

With the rival Penn State Nittany Lions in town and bragging rights on the line, the Pitt softball team left no doubt about who the best softball team in the state is Wednesday night. The Panthers (17-13) climbed out of an early 1-0 hole with seven unanswered runs in a 7-1 victory against the Nitta...

Pitt softball notches first ACC win in series finale vs. Boston College

Pitt catcher Valerie Ortega records an out at home plate in the Panthers' doubleheader Saturday against Boston College. Elaina Zachos | Senior Staff Photographer

By Rebecca Sauers | For The Pitt News

March 27, 2017

After eight straight losses to open up conference play, the Pitt softball team picked up its first ACC win of 2017 Saturday night. The Panthers (16-13 overall, 1-8 ACC) fell to the Boston College Eagles (17-12 overall, 4-2 ACC) in the first two games of the weekend series at Vartabedian Field. Pit...

Kayla Harris carves up Kent State in 7-0 shutout

Cleanup hitter Giorgiana Zeremenko slugged a pair of home runs Wednesday in Pitt's home-opening 7-0 win over Kent State. Kyleen Considine | Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 23, 2017

History nearly repeated itself Wednesday afternoon at the Pitt softball team’s 2017 home opener at Vartabedian Field. Junior pitcher Kayla Harris came five outs away from tossing her second perfect game in less than a month, but instead had to settle for a one-hit shutout in Pitt’s 7-0 win over the Kent State Golden Flashes (8-14). The Panthers (15-11 ove...

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