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Softball falls to Ohio, 6-1

Softball falls to Ohio, 6-1

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

March 27, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt softball (17-12-1) traveled to Athens Wednesday to take on Ohio University (15-12) in a non conference matchup. Pitt baseball was scheduled to take on West Virginia University in the 156th Backyard Brawl in Morgantown, but the game was canceled due to rain. In Ohio, the Bobcats shut down the P...

Gray’s got it in the glove

Gray’s got it in the glove

By Rebecca Sauers | Staff Writer

May 30, 2017


Filed under Sports Features

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...

Recapping an exciting two weeks in Pitt sports

Recapping an exciting two weeks in Pitt sports

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Women's Basketball

It was a busy couple of weeks for Pitt athletics, as the spring teams’ seasons come to a close and the football team had players up for the NFL draft. Here’s a rundown of everything that you might have missed since the spring semester ended. Football The Pitt football program had five players selected...

Pitt softball stumbles against Georgia Tech

Pitt softball stumbles against Georgia Tech

By Rebecca Sauers | Staff Writer

May 8, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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 secures series win over NC State

Pitt softball secures series win over NC State

By Rebecca Sauers | Staff Writer

April 24, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt softball team has experienced a somewhat disappointing year — seeing a 9-0 start turn into a 23-21 record — but senior Kaitlin Manuel walked off with a win on Sunday at Vartabedian Field. Down three in the seventh inning, the team rallied to send the game into extra innings before first-year...

Buckeyes barely beat Panthers softball, 3-2

Buckeyes barely beat Panthers softball, 3-2

By Rebecca Sauers | Staff Writer

April 19, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Sophomore Olivia Gray offered a promising start to the Panthers’ matchup against Ohio State Tuesday afternoon, smacking a leadoff home run over the center field fence to give Pitt an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. “As the first batter, your job is to set the tone for the game, and ideall...

Orange Alert: Syracuse softball sweeps Panthers

Orange Alert: Syracuse softball sweeps Panthers

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

April 17, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Going into the weekend series against the evenly-matched Syracuse Orange, the Pitt softball team expected a competitive game. After three straight losses, the Panthers came out to claim last place in the ACC standings. The Panthers scored just four runs over the course of three games against the Orang...

McKayla Taylor named ACC Player of the Week

McKayla Taylor named ACC Player of the Week

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

April 11, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Thanks to an excellent week at the plate and in the field, junior Pitt shortstop McKayla Taylor became the ACC’s Softball Player of the Week Tuesday afternoon. The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the honor Tuesday afternoon. The Florida State Seminoles swept the Panthers in Tallahassee the weekend ...

Pitt softball pummels Virginia Tech Hokies in sweep

Pitt softball pummels Virginia Tech Hokies in sweep

By Brandon Glass | For The Pitt News

April 10, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Sports Features

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


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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...

Have mercy: Pitt softball swept by Seminoles

Have mercy: Pitt softball swept by Seminoles

By Rebecca Sauers | Staff Writer

April 3, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt softball team needed mercy this weekend in Florida battling against the best team in the country. In NCAA softball, if a team is leading by eight or more runs after five innings, the game is ruled so uncompetitive that it doesn’t need to be played any longer. That’s what happened this...

Panthers slam state rival Nittany Lions, 7-1

Panthers slam state rival Nittany Lions, 7-1

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

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 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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 23, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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...

Pitt softball swept by Louisville over weekend

Pitt softball swept by Louisville over weekend

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

March 20, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt softball team's season continued its nosedive this weekend after losing three games in a row to the Louisville Cardinals. Coach Holly Aprile and the Panthers (14-11 overall, 0-6 ACC) started the season 9-0, elevating the program to No. 19 in the country, the highest ranking in the history o...

Pitt softball team loses two vs. James Madison, splits pair with East Carolina

Pitt softball team loses two vs. James Madison, splits pair with East Carolina

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 13, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After starting the season with nine wins in a row and earning the first national ranking in program history, the Pitt softball team has stumbled into a slump. Inclement weather forced the cancellation of last weekend’s James Madison University Invitational in Harrisonburg, Virginia. So Pitt (14...

ICYMI: Spring Break

ICYMI: Spring Break

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 12, 2017


Filed under Sports

March 3 Wise earns second straight All-ACC Academic selection - Pitt sophomore forward Brenna Wise received her second straight selection to the All-ACC Academic Team after posting a perfect 4.0 GPA in the fall 2016 semester. Wise also led the Panthers in scoring and rebounding for the second year in a ...

No. 21 Pitt softball team swept in ACC opener at North Carolina

No. 21 Pitt softball team swept in ACC opener at North Carolina

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 7, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt softball team’s momentum has evaporated after a remarkable start to the season. The No. 21 Panthers (12-5 overall, 0-3 ACC) opened up conference play over the weekend in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where they suffered a three-game sweep against the North Carolina Tar Heels (15-4 overall...

Harris tosses perfect game as No. 19 Panthers go 3-2 over weekend

Harris tosses perfect game as No. 19 Panthers go 3-2 over weekend

By Molly Appezzato | Staff Writer

February 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The No. 19 Pitt softball team’s perfect record is no longer intact, but the Panthers achieved a different kind of perfection over the weekend. Junior pitcher Kayla Harris tossed a perfect game in a 5-0 win Sunday over Southeastern Louisiana, part of a five-game slate in Troy, Alabama, against the Lipscomb Bis...

Pitt softball continues flawless season over the weekend

Pitt softball continues flawless season over the weekend

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 20, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The No. 24 Pitt softball team’s first weekend as a nationally ranked team went a lot like the opening weekend that earned the team its ranking — flawlessly. Coming off five wins in five games at last weekend’s season-opening University of Central Florida Invitational, the Panthers traveled to T...

Pitt softball earns highest ranking in program history

Pitt softball earns highest ranking in program history

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 15, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

For the first time in the program’s 20-year history, Pitt has a nationally ranked softball team. The Panthers are now ranked in the Top 25 in both the USA Today/NFCA Division I Coaches Poll and the ESPN.com/USFA Softball Top 25 Collegiate Poll. They came in at No. 24 in the updated USA Today/NFCA poll and No. 25 in the ESPN.com/USFA Softball rankings,...

Pitt softball starts with streak over the weekend

Pitt softball starts with streak over the weekend

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 13, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Coming off a respectable 31-21 season and only two years after an NCAA Tournament run, the Pitt softball team had reasons to believe 2017 could be a big year. With a lineup featuring the return of top slugger Giorgiana Zeremenko and a rotation led by ace Kayla Harris — along with some first-year players making an immediate impact — the Panthers have potential to compete in a load...

Q&A with Giorgiana Zeremenko, homegrown slugger

Q&A with Giorgiana Zeremenko, homegrown slugger

By Phoebe Gilmore / Staff Writer

May 31, 2016


Filed under Specials / Newstudentguide2016, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After leading Canon-McMillan High School to the PIAA softball championship as a junior, local talent Giorgiana Zeremenko has already enjoyed a record-setting career in her first two seasons at Pitt. The rising junior — known in the clubhouse as “G” — helped the team to its first ACC Tournam...

Pitt softball concludes season at ACC Tournament

Pitt softball concludes season at ACC Tournament

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Assistant Sports Editor

May 12, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

In a rematch of last season’s ACC title game, the Pitt softball team again ran into the vaunted Florida State Seminoles. Despite a hearty comeback effort from the Panthers, the results landed in the Seminoles’ favor for the second time. Under the morning blue sky in Raleigh, North Carolina...

Hershman, Modic and Sevilla earn All-ACC softball honors

Hershman, Modic and Sevilla earn All-ACC softball honors

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

May 12, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Three players on the Pitt softball team earned All-ACC honors on Thursday morning. The conference named sophomore outfielder Erin Hershman First Team All-ACC, while seniors Jenna Modic and Maggie Sevilla made the All-ACC Second Team. A graduate of Mars High School, Hershman was a go-to player f...

Pitt softball suffers series loss to FSU Seminoles

Pitt softball suffers series loss to FSU Seminoles

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Assistant Sports Editor

May 1, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt softball team came up short this past weekend in its final home series of the season against the vaunted No. 6/7 Florida State Seminoles at Vartabedian Field. The senior day doubleheader on Saturday saw the Panthers (30-18, 7-12 ACC) lose back-to-back games to the Seminoles (42-5, 19-1...

Pitt softball takes the weekend versus Georgia Tech

Pitt softball takes the weekend versus Georgia Tech

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant Sports Editor

April 17, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

A bang-up offensive performance this weekend led the Pitt women’s softball team to a series victory over Georgia Tech at home. The Panthers softball team (28-15, 7-9 ACC) topped Georgia Tech (17-27, 4-10 ACC) 2-1 over the weekend. Pitt took the first game on Saturday 4-3 and lost the second 9-8, before...

Softball: Disappointing season has Pitt looking forward

Softball: Disappointing season has Pitt looking forward

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

May 13, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The 2014 season was a trying time for the Pitt softball team.Pitt embarked on its first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference with high hopes but ultimately struggled to string together consecutive victories, ending the season with five straight losses. The Panthers also suffered losing streaks of both e...

Softball: Pitt suffers season-ending sweep at Maryland

Softball: Pitt suffers season-ending sweep at Maryland

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

May 7, 2014


Filed under Archives

By the start of Pitt softball’s series against Maryland over the weekend, the players knew they wouldn’t likely make the eight-team conference tournament even if they won each game.Junior outfielder Carly Thea described not making the postseason as “heart-wrenching.” Everyone knew the chances of ...

Softball: Orange roll Panthers, sweep series

Softball: Orange roll Panthers, sweep series

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

April 13, 2014


Filed under Archives

The visiting Syracuse team showed Pitt’s softball team what it looks like to feel at home this weekend.The Orange (18-18, 9-7 ACC) have won five straight games and seem to be fitting well into the ACC, while the Panthers (13-22, 4-12 ACC) struggle to adjust in their new conference. Pitt has been s...

Softball: Panthers’ offense disappears on road trip

Softball: Panthers’ offense disappears on road trip

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

April 9, 2014


Filed under Archives

The Pitt softball team’s lack of offense doomed it to a doubleheader sweep on Wednesday. The Panthers failed to win a game against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., registering a mere four hits in each game of the one-day series, falling 3-2 and then 2-0.With the pair of victories, the fourth-plac...

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