Pitt Softball Beats Boston College; Panthers Eighth Seed in ACC Tournament

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The University of Pittsburgh softball team defeated Boston College, 8-2, in its final regular season game Sunday morning at Shea Field.

(Photo courtesy of Pitt Athletics)

The Panthers [31-20, 8-14 ACC] jumped on the Eagles [30-22, 12-9 ACC] early, scoring six runs through the first two innings of play. Boston College scored a run a piece in the first and second but Pitt held the Eagles scoreless through the remainder of the game.

Redshirt senior Maggie Sevilla and senior Jenna Modic highlighted the Panthers offensive success, each tagging a ball over the wall. Sevilla finished the day 3-for-3, and with those three at-bats broke the record with 672.

Sophomore Erin Hershman and freshman Olivia Gray each added two hits apiece to Pitt’s total of 10.

On the mound, Modic (7-9) pitched a complete game, giving up just two runs, both of which were earned.

Pitt 8, Boston College 2

· The Panthers jumped on the board early in today’s game, scoring three runs in the top of the first. Leadoff hitter Shelby Pickett got things going for Pitt as she was hit by a pitch and then immediately moved to third on a double to right field by Sevilla. With two away, Zeremenko walked to juice the bases. In the next at-bat, Gray put up her first hit of the day, an RBI-single to score Pickett and Sevilla. Senior Ashlee Sills, who entered on the base paths for Zeremenko, came home after a bunt single by Hershman ended up in the outfield on a throwing error by the Eagles’ catcher.

· Boston College cut the Panthers lead to 3-1, as Megan Cooley scored on a sacrifice fly by Chloe Sharabba.

· Pitt’s bats remained hot in the second inning as the Panthers added three runs to extend their lead to 6-1. With nothing going in the first two at-bats for Pitt, Sevilla hit a chopper to the third baseman for a single and scored on a double by Taylor. Modic sent a ball flying over the centerfield wall to score Taylor and give the Panthers a five-run lead.

· The Eagles scored another run in the bottom of the second to bring the score to 6-2, Pitt. Carly Severini walked to lead off the inning and advanced to third after Jordan Chimento was hit by a pitch and a sacrifice bunt was laid down by Loren DiEmmanuele. Severini scored on a ground out back to Modic on the mound. Pitt would hold Boston College scoreless for the remainder of the game.

· Pitt tacked on its first of two insurance runs in the top of the fifth, as pinch runner Morgan Choe scored on an RBI-single by Gray. Choe ran for Modic who walked to get on base. Choe advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Zeremenko before coming on Gray’s hit.

· In the top of the sixth, the Panthers added their final run to make it 8-2 as Sevilla sent a long fly ball over the right centerfield wall.

PANTHERS EIGHTH SEED IN ACC TOURNAMENT

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The University of Pittsburgh softball team is set to take on top-seeded Florida State in the 2016 ACC Softball Tournament hosted by NC State in Raleigh, N.C., as announced Sunday evening by the league office. The Panthers enter the conference tournament as the eighth overall seed.

Pitt and FSU will square off on the opening day of the tournament, Thursday, May 12, at 11 a.m. at Dail Softball Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on the Regional Sports Network (RSN) and ESPN3, and live stats will also be available via PittsburghPanthers.com.

A victory would advance the Panthers to the semifinal game on May 13 where they would take on either the four seed Boston College or five-seed North Carolina. The ACC title game is slated to begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14.

The match-up marks the second meeting between Pitt and Florida State in the ACC Tournament with the first coming last year in the 2015 ACC Championship game where the Panthers fell to the Seminoles, 6-2. Pitt defeated the two and three seeds, Notre Dame and North Carolina, respectively, at Tech Softball Park, en route to securing a position in the title game in its first appearance in ACC post-season play.

The Panthers have played 11 games against Florida State in program history dating back to 2002. Pitt is now 0-11 all-time versus the Seminoles, after dropping this season’s three-game series last weekend.

Pitt finished the 2016 season 31-20 overall and 8-14 in ACC play. This is the second consecutive 30-plus win season for the Panthers.

In order to obtain an invitation to the ACC Softball Championship, a team must rank in the top eight of the conference standings, based on win percentage.

Tournament Information
Daily tickets are available for $5 for adults and $3 for youth 18 and under, while tournament passes are available in advance of the tournament for $9. Students from an ACC school can enter for free with valid student identification.

Parking for the 2016 ACC Softball Championship is free and available in the Coliseum Deck located on Cates Avenue across the street from the Derr Track & the Soccer Field. Patrons will need to park on the second level of the deck or higher by entering off Jeter Drive or Jensen Drive.
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2016 ACC Softball Tournament Schedule

Thursday, May 12

Quarterfinals

11 a.m. – No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 8 Pitt (RSN/ESPN3)

1:30 p.m. – No. 4 Boston College vs. No. 5 North Carolina (RSN/ESPN3)

5 p.m. – No. 2 Louisville vs. vs. No. 7 Syracuse (RSN/ESPN3)

7:30 p.m. – No. 3 Notre Dame vs. No. 6 Virginia Tech (RSN/ESPN3)

Friday, May 13

Semifinals

1 p.m. – Thursday afternoon winners (RSN/ESPN3)

3:30 p.m. – Thursday evening winners (RSN/ESPN3)

Saturday, May 14

Championship

7 p.m. – Friday afternoon winners (ESPN/WatchESPN)


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