When you think of college softball powerhouses the Pitt Panthers might not be one of the first teams that come to mind but that has been changing the last few seasons thanks to head coach Holly Aprile the team made their first ever NCAA and ACC Tournament appearances along with back-to-back 30-plus wins seasons.
The Panthers finished last season at 31-21 (8-14 ACC) thanks to the bat of catcher Giorgiana Zeremenko. Zeremenko (.392, 17 hrs and 52 rbi’s). Pitt also has pitchers, Kayla Harris (3.40 earned run average) and Sarah Dawson, who had an 8-0 record last season.
Dawson also made program history on Feb. 27, 2016, throwing Pitt’s first perfect game in a win against Providence.
The team will also be participating in this year’s 2017 ACC/Big Ten Softball Challenge. The annual challenge, which debuted last season, features eight schools from each conference, playing four games each at four campus sites over a three-day period from Feb. 17-19, 2017.
Pitt will travel to Tallahassee, Fla., to face Nebraska and Northwestern at the Florida State Softball Complex. The Panthers and Seminoles will take on each Big Ten team twice over the weekend.