Aug. 22, 2014
PITTSBURGH - University of Pittsburgh softball head coach Holly Aprile has announced the addition of Jenna Modic and Erin Hershman to the Panthers roster for the upcoming 2014-15 season.
A junior transfer from Miami (OH), Modic will join the Panthers this fall after an impressive two years with the Redhawks. She will be an addition on the mound for Pitt as well as in the infield.
"Jenna is a tough competitor that will give us a strong presence on the mound, in the infield and at the plate," coach Aprile said. "Her experience, versatility and high level of success at Miami are all indications of exciting things to come."
As a freshman Modic led the team with a .341 batting average and recorded 16 RBI. She was named First Team All-MAC as well as to the All-MAC Freshman Team. During the season Modic earned MAC East Division Player of the Week. Her success continued as a sophomore, adding Second-Team All-MAC to her resume.
Also joining the Panthers will be freshman outfielder Erin Hershman, a local commit from Mars Area High School. Hershman was selected as a two-time all section honoree and hit .477 for Mars in 2012. She continued her success by posting a .414 mark with a .566 on-base percentage, and a .998 slugging percentage her junior year. She hit nine homeruns for the Planets her senior year and went 14-for-14 when stealing.
"Erin will provide both speed and depth to our outfield as well as a solid bat from the left side to our line-up," coach Aprile said. "We are always happy to welcome high quality local athletes like Erin. She will be a terrific addition to our team."
Pitt opens its fall season with a doubleheader against Slippery Rock University on Sept. 13 at the Petersen Sports Complex. Game time is slated for noon.
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