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May 7, 2017
ATLANTA - The University of Pittsburgh softball team came from behind to defeat Georgia Tech 7-6 in nine innings of play in game one of Sunday's doubleheader at Shirley Clements Mewborn Field in Atlanta.
Pitt took a 2-0 lead in the second to start the game, but fell behind 4-2 by the end of the fourth inning. After tying the game 4-4 on a two-run shot from freshman Alexee Haynes, junior Giorgiana Zeremenko sealed the win in the top of the ninth for the Panthers after crushing a three-run long ball.
Along with Haynes and Zeremenko, two other Pitt players also finished with RBIs, including sophomore Alexis Solak and junior Erin Hershman who knocked in the two early runs for the Panthers in the second.
In the circle, all three pitchers saw action with junior Kayla Harris getting the start. Harris tossed 2.2 innings of play before being relieved by sophomore Sarah Dawson in the third. Freshman Brittany Knight completed the game for Pitt, entering in the game in the fourth.
The three pitchers combined to strike out six batters, while walking just three.
Pitt got on the board first in the second inning with two runs on consecutive singles by Solak and Hershman. With one away in the frame, the Panthers got two free passes on a hit by pitch and a walk, setting up runners on first and second for Solak. The sophomore ripped a liner up the middle to score Haynes and move sophomore Taylor Myers to third. In the next at-bat, Hershman dropped a perfect bunt down the third base line, beating out the throw and allowing Myers to cross the plate.
Georgia Tech cut Pitt's lead to one in the bottom half of the second thanks to a solo shot by junior Kelsey Chisholm and went ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the third on a walk and three consecutive hits.
The Yellow Jackets extended their lead to 4-2 in the fourth on another long ball by senior Colleen Darragh.
The Panthers tied the game in the top of the sixth on a two-run shot by Haynes. The freshman brought around freshman Valerie Ortega who walked to start the inning.
Neither team was able to score in the seventh inning, forcing the game to go into extras. It wasn't until the ninth that Pitt broke the scoring drought, hitting a three-run shot to left center. The junior brought around Hershman and sophomore Olivia Gray.
Georgia Tech threatened in the bottom half with a two-run homer, cutting the Panthers' lead to one, but Pitt got out of the inning with no further damage done.
Pitt and Georgia Tech conclude the series at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7.
Zeremenko Homerun Leads Pitt to Extra Innings Win at Georgia Tech

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