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May 6, 2017
 
ATLANTA – The University of Pittsburgh softball team fell to Georgia Tech, 2-1, in the opening game of the series Saturday evening at Shirley Clements Mewborn Field in Atlanta.
 
Both teams scored their runs off errors in the opening inning of play, before a pitcher’s duel set in and neither team scored again. The Panthers had the tying run on third and the go-ahead run on second in the seventh inning but were unable to complete the comeback.
 
Freshman Alexee Haynes brought in the lone run for Pitt, while sophomore Taylor Myers went 2-for-3 at the plate.
 
Pitcher Brittany Knight got the start for the Panthers in the circle. The freshman tossed 5.1 solid innings, before being replaced by sophomore Sarah Dawson in the sixth inning. Knight finished the game with a season-high five strikeouts, while giving up just three hits.
 
The Panthers are now 23-22 on the season and 6-16 in conference play, while Georgia Tech moves to 18-33 overall and 7-15 in ACC action.
 
HOW IT HAPPENED
In the opening inning, Pitt jumped on the board first taking a 1-0 lead thanks to a Georgia Tech fielding error. Senior Kaitlin Manuel reached first with one away after being hit with a pitch and advanced to second after beating out a throw on a fielder’s choice by junior Giorgiana Zeremenko. A walk to junior McKayla Taylor loaded the bases for Haynes who hit a chopper to second base. The Yellow Jackets second baseman fumbled the ball allowing Manuel to reach home.
 
A single error plagued the Panthers in the bottom half of the first as Georgia Tech scored two runs on a failed pickoff attempt by freshman catcher Valerie Ortega. With bases loaded, Ortega fired a ball past Gray at third to score the first runner, while the second run came across on a dead ball as the overthrow rolled into the Yellow Jackets’ dugout.
 
After five scoreless innings, Pitt managed to get runners on second and third but the visiting team’s comeback fell short.
 
UP NEXT
Pitt will conclude its time at Georgia Tech Sunday, May 7 with a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.
Panthers Fall Short Against Georgia Tech in Series Opener

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