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Feb. 3, 2012

Among the challenges of freshman year, adjusting to a new roommate often tops the list. For Pitt softball player Alicia Keough that concern grew when she found out she’d share a suite with seven other girls.

“I was worried about it at first,” Keough said. “I knew we would always be together, which could lead to some tension, but it’s surprising how well we get along.”

Despite the bond of being roommates, there’s another reason for their close-knit friendship. Keough and her seven suitemates make up Pitt softball’s 2012 freshman class.

With the help of her teammates, Keough has enjoyed the transition from her home in Philadelphia to Pitt’s campus. She was recruited by Fairfield, Towson and Delaware, but her decision to become a Panther was simple.

“When I visited Pittsburgh, the coaches took the time to show me the whole campus and all the facilities,” Keough said. “None of the other schools compared to Pitt!”

At Nazareth Academy, Keough earned All-Conference First Team honors three times while guiding the Pandas to three conference championships, two district titles and three consecutive state playoff appearances (2008-10).

A talented catcher, Keough is excited for a chance to break into the lineup during her rookie season. Practicing with the team six days a week has helped Keough prepare for the level of competition an NCAA Division I student-athlete faces.

“We are competing every day in practice,” Keough said. “I’m excited for the season and a chance to play. I’m looking forward to traveling with the team and seeing different schools and new places.”

Off the field, Keough has valued other experiences as well. On Jan. 21, the softball team hosted the first Pitt Athletes Working with Students (PAWS) program of the year at Trees Hall. The freshmen shared an educational presentation focused on respect after teaching several techniques on hitting and throwing to the children in attendance.

“I enjoy the community service projects we get an opportunity to do,” Keough stated. “In addition to the traditional events, we also played dodgeball with the kids. That was fun!”

Getting to Know the Freshmen: Alicia Keough

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