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Panthers reminisce on time with Coach Aprile

Panthers reminisce on time with Coach Aprile

By Tessa Sayers, For The Pitt News

July 17, 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 loses ACC Championship game

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

May 15, 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

Gray’s got it in the glove

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

Pitt softball stumbles against Georgia Tech

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

Pitt softball pummels Virginia Tech Hokies in sweep

By Brandon Glass | For The Pitt News

April 9, 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

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

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

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

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

Panthers slam state rival Nittany Lions, 7-1

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

By Rebecca Sauers | For The Pitt News

March 26, 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

Kayla Harris carves up Kent State in 7-0 shutout

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 22, 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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