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Q&A: Jodi Hermanek brings fresh perspective to Pitt softball

Q&A: Jodi Hermanek brings fresh perspective to Pitt softball

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

12:20 am


Filed under Softball, Sports

The Pitt News sat down with Hermanek after her first series as head coach, a 2-0 sweep against Slippery Rock, to see what her plans are for the softball program and learn more about who she is.

Weekend recap: Volleyball, softball teams pick up two wins apiece

Weekend recap: Volleyball, softball teams pick up two wins apiece

By Griffin Floyd, For the Pitt News

September 16, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt’s sports teams represented the University well over the weekend, going a combined 4-1.

Panther sports stay active during summer break

Panther sports stay active during summer break

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

August 27, 2018


Filed under Sports

The summer season was far from uneventful, as both the softball and baseball teams capped off postseason runs in May while the men’s basketball and football teams stayed hot on the recruiting trail.

Panthers reminisce on time with Coach Aprile

Panthers reminisce on time with Coach Aprile

By Tessa Sayers, For The Pitt News

July 18, 2018


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

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.

Softball coach Holly Aprile resigns

Softball coach Holly Aprile resigns

By Hannah Schneider, Sports Editor

July 14, 2018


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

– Aprile coached the Panthers softball team for 10 years. She will coach at Louisville, who the Panthers beat this year to win their first division championship.

Pitt Softball loses ACC Championship game

Pitt Softball loses ACC Championship game

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

May 16, 2018


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

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...

Softball team secures first ACC championship in program history

Softball team secures first ACC championship in program history

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

May 5, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt softball team earned a crucial 9-8 victory over Louisville Friday afternoon to clinch first place in the ACC Coastal Division — marking the team’s first division championship in its 20-year history. The Panthers then took a victory lap on Saturday with a 10-2 win in their second game against...

Weekend sports: Track tabs top-10s, tennis trips up

Weekend sports: Track tabs top-10s, tennis trips up

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

April 15, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

This past weekend for Pitt Athletics looked like a repeat of the one before it. Track athletes again set personal bests and nabbed top finishes as softball and baseball each won two of three and tennis continued to struggle. Baseball Like tennis and softball, the baseball team also hosted Georg...

Weekend sports: Softball causes upset, gymnastics competes at regionals

Weekend sports: Softball causes upset, gymnastics competes at regionals

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

April 8, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Though some students may be struggling with the stresses that the end of the semester brings, Pitt athletes weren’t cracking under the pressure over the weekend. Track athletes continue to set personal bests, the baseball team improved on their impressive win percentage and the softball team registere...

Weekend sports: Panthers split across the states

Weekend sports: Panthers split across the states

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

April 1, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Panthers’ track and field team found both faltered and found success from coast to coast during the weekend while Pitt baseball, softball and tennis stayed home for conference matchups. Track and Field The Pitt track and field team had a jam-packed weekend, with athletes competing in fou...

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...

Weekend sports: Panthers provide weak performances

Weekend sports: Panthers provide weak performances

By Jon Shaiken | Staff Writer

March 26, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Basketball season may be officially over for Pitt, but it was still a packed weekend for athletics, as four teams took the stage with varied results. Gymnastics saw strong individual performances once again and softball swept their series. Baseball had a mixed bag against a ranked Duke, and tenn...

Few bright spots for Panthers in cloudy sports weekend

Few bright spots for Panthers in cloudy sports weekend

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

February 26, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

As winter sports athletes are attempting to close out their seasons, the spring sports are just getting started. And while some members of the track and field team set personal bests and both baseball and softball hit the diamond with winning weekends, both Panthers basketball squads and the tennis ...

Weekend sports: Baseball opens season, wrestling tries to pack the Pete

Weekend sports: Baseball opens season, wrestling tries to pack the Pete

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

February 19, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

It was a quiet weekend on upper campus as Pitt sports traveled across the states to take on new and familiar foes. While many students stayed in Oakland this weekend, the baseball team travelled to Florida to compete against Oakland University. And while Pittsburgh experienced some snow, baseball and s...

Preview: Panther softball, tennis prepare for spring through exhibition

Preview: Panther softball, tennis prepare for spring through exhibition

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 25, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Panther softball and tennis teams have been preparing for the spring season through fall exhibition play, both while working through major hang-ups from last season. Winning only seven combined games in the ACC, the two teams are looking for big turnarounds this year. After bursting out of the g...

Panthers sweep weekday doubleheader against St. Francis

Panthers sweep weekday doubleheader against St. Francis

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

April 13, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After a tough weekend loss against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in which they scored just one run, the Pitt softball team made its bats great again on Wednesday. The Panthers (26-14) swept Saint Francis University (22-17) in a doubleheader at the Charles L. Cost Center, winning the contests 6-1 and...

Pitt softball splits doubleheader with Bucknell

Pitt softball splits doubleheader with Bucknell

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

April 6, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Coming off an ACC series win against North Carolina State, Pitt’s softball team had a chance Wednesday to start to surge. But due to some stranded runners and an error-filled third inning, the team’s roll stalled a bit in a doubleheader against Bucknell. Pitt split the two games with the Bison...

Leblanc, Harris earn player of the week honors

Leblanc, Harris earn player of the week honors

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

April 4, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

While only one of the two teams earned an ACC series win this weekend, players on both the Pitt softball and baseball teams earned conference honors Monday afternoon. The ACC recognized softball’s Kayla Harris as the conference’s co-pitcher of the week, while baseball’s Charles Leblanc took home the...

Kayla Harris surging in sophomore season

Kayla Harris surging in sophomore season

By Kaitlin Cassidy / For The Pitt News

March 23, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Kayla Harris has one mission: Attack from the very first pitch. She’s unrelenting on every batter. She dares them to swing at the pitches she whirls their way. Harris is focused. She’s focused on becoming a leader this season. Since former ace Savannah King graduated last spring, Harris, a sophomore from...

Pitt softball stays hungry for next year after first NCAA berth

Pitt softball stays hungry for next year after first NCAA berth

By Jessica Boddy / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The previous record-setting season for Pitt’s softball squad will be a tough one to follow, but the Panthers are ready. Just ask one of the keys to Pitt’s surprise run, Maggie Sevilla. “It was a lot of fun and a great send-off for the seniors, and great for the younger players to get a taste ...

Summer Surveys: Shelby Pickett

Summer Surveys: Shelby Pickett

By Jesssica Boddy / Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

With Summer Surveys, The Pitt News hopes to better familiarize the Pitt community with some top Panther athletes. In this installment, we got to know Pitt softball rising senior infielder Shelby Pickett.1. Who’s your favorite athlete? Andrew McCLUTCHen (McCutchen, but that’s what I call him!)2. D...

Pitt softball dream season ends despite successful weekend slate

Pitt softball dream season ends despite successful weekend slate

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

May 19, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After a defining season, in which the Pitt softball team set a program high for wins, the Panthers were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament Regional round this weekend. The team went 2-2 overall in its slate of games in Ann Arbor, Mich., from Friday to Sunday. FRIDAY, MAY 15: CALIFORNIA 11, PITT 3Pitt...

Modic grand slam propels Pitt one step closer to Super Regionals

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

May 16, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Despite a loss in its first contest of the 2015 NCAA Tournament, the Pitt softball team survived on Saturday, winning its two Sunday games to remain in play for a Super Regional berth.The Panthers could not afford a misstep in either game following their loss to Cal on Friday, as the Regional round is double...

Pitt softball drops tournament opener to California

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

May 16, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

An early lead doesn’t always mean success. Though Pitt struck first in their first game of the NCAA Tournament yesterday, the University of California, Berkeley Golden Bears responded immediately, sealing a mercy rule loss in Ann Arbor, Mich. After first pitch at 3:30, Pitt scored two runs in the top of th...

After big ACC Tournament, softball earns first-ever NCAA bid

After big ACC Tournament, softball earns first-ever NCAA bid

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

May 12, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

For the first time in program history, the Pitt softball team is going dancing.Following a surprising run to the ACC Tournament Championship, the Panthers learned Sunday evening that they earned the school’s first-ever selection to the NCAA Tournament.Pitt will open up tournament play in the regiona...

Pitt softball falls to Florida State late in ACC Championship

Pitt softball falls to Florida State late in ACC Championship

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

May 9, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After a surprising surge to the ACC Tournament Championship game, the Pitt softball team fell in the final game, losing to the top seeded Florida State Seminoles 6-2.Florida State, the 10th ranked team in the nation, jumped out to a quick lead against Panther ace Savannah King, scoring unanswered runs in the first...

Pitt softball knocks off UNC for shot at ACC championship

Pitt softball knocks off UNC for shot at ACC championship

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

May 8, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The difference one year makes. After failing to make the ACC tournament last year, Pitt’s softball team is headed to this year’s tournament championship game. With a 4-0 win over the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill,No. 6 seed Pitt will play No. 1 seed and No. 8 overall Florida State in the champi...

Panthers trounce Orange in record-setting weekend

Panthers trounce Orange in record-setting weekend

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

April 12, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Anybody looking at the box score from one of Pitt and Syracuse’s Saturday games might have thought the teams played a surprise game of spring football, as Pitt won 22-7.But the sport in question was softball, as the Panthers (29-14, 9-9 ACC) used an offensive surge to sweep the weekend road series from t...

Panthers win defensive struggle against Kent State

By Jessica Boddy / Staff Writer

April 8, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt softball team didn’t let an afternoon downpour affect its game on Wednesday, and it weathered the storm to score just enough to beat the Kent State Golden Flashes.Both teams exhibited stellar defense during the 3 p.m. matchup, as Pitt (26-14, 6-9 ACC) defeated Kent State 1-0 at Vartabedia...

King’s solid performance does not salvage series

King’s solid performance does not salvage series

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

April 5, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After starting the season with startling success, the once-predatory Panther softball team has become the prey.The team’s struggles continued on Saturday when Pitt fell to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Pittsburgh by a score of 3-2, marking its seventh loss in the last eight contests.The Panthers (25...

Pitt baseball, softball each face crucial series this weekend

Pitt baseball, softball each face crucial series this weekend

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 26, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt’s softball team’s five-game homestand came to an early end when Wednesday’s doubleheader against St. Bonaventure was canceled because of rain. Next, the team travels to Tallahassee for a weekend series against Florida State.The baseball team will also begin a weekend road series, as it tr...

Baseball, softball gear up for midweek action

Baseball, softball gear up for midweek action

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 24, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Wednesday marks a busy day on the diamond. Both Pitt’s baseball and softball teams have non-conference games before gearing up for their customary weekend series.The baseball team (10-12, 4-5 ACC) travels to Youngstown State University for a one-game series, with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m. The ...

Walk off shot lifts Pitt over North Carolina State

Walk off shot lifts Pitt over North Carolina State

By Jessica Boddy / Staff Writer

March 22, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Despite facing a deep 8-3 seventh-inning deficit, freshman Giorgiana Zeremenko and the rest of Pitt’s softball team kept calm.In the second matchup of the day at Vartabedian Field on Saturday, the efforts of senior outfielder Carly Thea, junior outfielder Ashlee Sills and freshman infielder McKayla Ta...

Wrestlers make final push as baseball, softball enter crunch time

Wrestlers make final push as baseball, softball enter crunch time

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

March 19, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Baseball Pitt heads into its next ACC series with some momentum, coming off a series win against the then-No. 11 North Carolina Tar Heels as well as taking one of three from the No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers. The Panthers (9-10, 3-3 ACC) will travel south to Durham, N.C., to take on the Duke Blue Devils (...

Litany of Pitt teams hope to return to winning ways this weekend

Litany of Pitt teams hope to return to winning ways this weekend

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 5, 2015


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

Several Pitt teams are looking toward this weekend as a chance to catch fire and end some recent disappointing runs.The men’s basketball team enters Saturday’s game on a two-game losing streak, the baseball team had a losing record in each of its three weekend series so far and Pitt’s wrestling team ...

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