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The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

A softball player runs during a game against Davis and Elkins on Oct. 15, 2023, at Vartabedian Field.

Pitt softball has found its stars, but still needs its depth

By Alex Porter, Staff Writer February 19, 2024

With only two weeks of play completed, the 2024 Pitt softball team must quickly find an identity before conference play begins. After an up-and-down 5-4 start, first-year head coach Jenny Allard’s team...

Senior Kat Rodriguez swings while up to bat during a game against UVA at Vartabedian Field on March 26, 2023.

Pitt softball has a mixed showing in Kennesaw State Tournament

By Alex Porter, Staff Writer February 19, 2024

Pitt softball (5-4, 0-0 ACC) battled through an up-and-down weekend at the Kennesaw State Tournament. The Panthers took three out of five contests, improving their record to 5-4 in the young season. The...

The Pitt softball team celebrates a run during a game against UVA at Vartabedian Field on March 26, 2023.

Pitt softball looks to finally break through in 2024 under new head coach

By Alex Porter, Staff Writer February 7, 2024

After an underwhelming 2023 campaign, Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke decided Pitt softball needed significant changes. As a result, former head coach Jodi Hermanek was relieved of her duties. During...

Sophomore infielder Haylie Brunson (2) prepares to bat during Pitt softball’s game against UVA on March 26.

Takeaways | Pitt softball wraps up season on sour note

By Dylan Grace, Staff Writer May 16, 2023
Following another disappointing season, Pitt softball decided to part ways with head coach Jodi Hermanek, leaving fans with more questions than answers for next season. Staff Writer Dylan Grace gives his takeaways from the Panthers abysmal year.
Infielder Haylie Brunson (2) prepares to bat during a game between Pitt softball and Virginia on March 24.

Pitt softball, baseball struggle to keep seasons strong

By Will Christie, Staff Writer April 12, 2023
After Pitt softball and baseball's last games, things are looking rough for the Panthers as they head into their next matchups. Although softball did show an effort to revitalize the season, baseball still hasn’t found the key to winning a game.
Pitt graduate student infielder Yvonne Whaley (26) runs between bases during a softball game against Virginia on March 26.

Pitt softball ends slouch against Notre Dame, finds their offensive identity

By Dylan Grace, Staff Writer April 3, 2023
After their weekend bout against Notre Dame, not only did the Panthers win their first ACC series, taking two of three games against the Fighting Irish, but they found a powerful offensive identity in the process.
Sophomore gymnast Hallie Copperwheat competed in bar and beams at the NCAA regionals at the Petersen Events Center.

Weekend Sports Recap | Gymnastics competes at regionals, softball takes series against Notre Dame

By Sara Meyer, Staff Writer April 2, 2023
Pitt athletics had a packed schedule this weekend, competing in both ACC and NCAA tournament play. Softball took two of three against Notre Dame while three members of the gymnastics team competed in the NCAA regional championships.
The Pitt softball team celebrates a run during Sunday’s game against UVA at Vartabedian Field.

Preview | Pitt softball looks for first ACC win on the road against Notre Dame

By Dylan Grace, For The Pitt News March 30, 2023
Pitt softball is struggling in ACC play. After dropping three games to Virginia last weekend, the Panthers find themselves winless in the ACC. Staff Writer Dylan Grace breaks down Pitt’s next series against Notre Dame.
Pitt senior outfielder Bailey Drapola (24) prepares to bat during a softball game vs. St. Francis on April 6, 2022.

Pitt softball falls to in-state rival Penn State in fierce pitching duel

By Dylan Grace, For The Pitt News March 21, 2023
Pitt softball’s woes continue, as they dropped a key rivalry game to Penn State 1-0 on Tuesday. Both team’s pitchers were lights-out, but Penn State narrowly edged out the Panthers in extra innings.
Pitt senior outfielder Bailey Drapola (24) prepares to bat during a softball game vs. St. Francis on April 6, 2022.

Softball remains winless in ACC play after dropping three games to Louisville

By Ben Pisano, Staff Writer March 21, 2023
Pitt softball has just started ACC play, but is already struggling. The Panthers dropped three games to Louisville over the weekend, including one which ended via mercy rule. Staff writer Ben Pisano breaks down the Panthers’ struggles.
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