PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh softball team topped Georgia Tech 9-4 Sunday afternoon at Vartabedian Field to secure a 2-1 series win over the Yellow Jackets.
The Panthers improve to 28-15 overall and 7-9 in ACC play, as Georgia Tech falls to 17-27 on the season and 4-10 in conference play.
After trailing 3-0 following the top half of the first inning, Pitt responded in the bottom half to take a 4-3 lead.
“We knew what situation we were in and they knew that they needed to go in there, take one pitch at a time, one bat at a time and crawl their way back in the game,” head coach Holly Aprile said. “We were able to do that. From the get go we had good at-bats. We scored right there in the first inning to come back. That’s the team and I just remind them of what to do.”
Following a tie game 4-4, the Panthers regained the lead in the third and then continued its offensive success throughout the game to earn its 28th win of the season.
Sophomore Erin Hershman led the team offensively recording three hits, including a solo shot in the third inning to put the Panthers ahead. The Pittsburgh native finished the game with two RBIs, two runs scored and a walk. Pitt concluded the match-up with 11 hits.
Senior Jenna Modic earned the win on the mound for the Panthers after relieving sophomore Kayla Harris at the beginning of the third inning. Modic allowed just three hits during her five innings of work and shutout the Yellow Jackets through the remainder of the game.
Pitt 9, Georgia Tech 4
• The Yellow Jackets took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning following to a three-run long ball by Courtney Ziese, scoring runners on first and second.
• The Panthers answered in the bottom half of the inning, scoring four to pull ahead, 4-3. With runners on first and third with one out, sophomore Giorgiana Zeremenko sent home senior Maggie Sevilla on a single to center to put up the first run of the inning. A Hershman single loaded the bases for freshman Olivia Gray, who drew a walk to send home Modic for run number two. A double to left by junior Kaitlin Manuel would put the Panthers ahead 4-3 as both Hershman and Duran came around.
• Georgia Tech would tie the game 4-4 in the top of the second, scoring a single run on two hits. With two away, Samantha Pierannunzi was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a stolen base and moved into scoring position on a single by Kelsey Chisholm. In the next at-bat, Ziese singled through the right side to send home a Pierannunzi. This would be the final run scored for the Yellow Jackets as Modic would relieve Harris and shut out Georgia Tech the next five innings.
• Hershman’s solo shot to right field regained the lead for the Panthers, bringing the score to 5-4 at the end of three innings.
• Pitt extended its lead in the bottom of the fifth to 6-5, as the Panthers scored a single run on a hit up the middle by Gray that brought around Hershman.
• Pitt scored three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth to take home the 9-4 win.
• The Panthers will travel to Kent State for its final nonconference play of the season on Wednesday, April 20. The teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.
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