March 3, 2017No. 21/24 Pitt Falls to UNC in ACC Opener
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The 21st-ranked Pitt softball team fell to North Carolina 5-1 in its ACC opener, Friday evening at Anderson Softball Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Panthers [12-3, 0-1 ACC] scored early in the game to jump out to a 1-0 lead but the Tar Heels' [13-4, 1-0 ACC] offense produced five runs on 13 hits to go on to win 5-1. Pitt was held to just three hits in the contest.
All three members of the Panthers' pitching staff were in action in the loss. Junior Kayla Harris got the start for Pitt, while both freshman Brittany Knight and sophomore Sarah Dawson were both used in relief.
Harris and Knight both gave up six hits apiece, but the freshman allowed all five earned runs. Dawson tossed the bottom of the sixth for the Panthers, giving up just a single hit.
Pitt's bats struggled against North Carolina, recording just three total. Senior Kaitlin Manuel and juniors McKayla Taylor and Giorgiana Zeremenko tallied the hits, while the lone RBI of the game was credited to sophomore Alexis Solak, who hit a sacrifice fly in the second.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Pitt scored first in the top of the second inning thanks to Solak's sac fly, her third of the year. Zeremenko set up the run, reaching second on a double to left and third on a ground out by sophomore Olivia Gray.
The Tar Heels tied the game in the bottom of the third, on a solo home run by Berlynne Delamora and added three more runs in the fifth to take the lead.
With runners on first and second and one away, a wild pitch advanced both Tar Heels into scoring positon. The first run scored on a fielder's choice to Taylor in the hole at short, while the other two came around on a double to left center. North Carolina led 4-1 at the close of the fifth.
The Tar Heels scored their final run in the sixth on another home run, this one by Brittany Pickett.
Pitt will look to bounce back in game two against North Carolina Saturday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m.
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