Softball Opens Up ACC Play This Weekend

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As Pitt fans, alumni and students are slowly counting down the days to when this nightmare basketball season is over with both the Men’s and Women’s teams.   Although, the Women did win a couple of ACC games and showed progress with a young team under Coach Suzie McConnell-Serio unlike a young Men’s team under Kevin Stallings.

But, this is a bright spot to look at right now as the Baseball and Softball teams are both a couple weeks into their 2018 seasons.  And for the purpose of this article I am going to focus on the Softball team.

The Softball team opened up their season a couple weeks ago at the Titan Classic in California where they finished the weekend 3-1-1.  They beat Loyola Marymount, Utah State and Rutgers, while their lone loss was a back and forth affair with Cal-State Fullerton 10-7.  And yes you did read that correctly they did end a game in a tie as they were scoreless in the second game against Loyola Marymount in their final game of the weekend thru 8 and they hit the drop dead time where they couldn’t start another inning and that is how the game ended………..scoreless.

The second weekend of the season was spent in Chapel Hill, NC for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge where the team went 2-2 splitting both their games against both Illinois and Wisconsin. On Friday, Wisconsin beat Pitt 5-1 and Illinois beat Pitt 5-4 in 9 innings.  Pitt was able to extract some revenge against Wisconsin when they beat them 6-5 in 9 innings on Saturday and they also got some revenge on Illinois when they beat them 9-0 after 5 innings to close out the challenge on Sunday.

This past weekend the team was in Conway, S.C participating in the Chanticleer Showdown where they finished the weekend with a 3-2 record.  They opened up the weekend Friday with victories over Georgetown and St. Josephs before splitting their games on Saturday with a victory over Coastal Carolina and losing to Georgetown.  They closed out the tournament Sunday with a 8-6 loss to St. Joseph’s.

Thru the first 3 weekends of the season, Pitt is currently 8-5-1 and sits in 3rd Place in the ACC Coastal Division.  This year’s team under the direction of Head Coach Holly Aprile is a good mix of both veteran and young talent.  The team is led on the field by Senior McKayla Taylor at Shortstop/Third Base.  Taylor is off to a slow start this season, but based on past performance I expect she will pick it up as