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Pitt softball continues incredible start

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A few weeks ago, I mentioned the perfect 5-0 start by the Pitt softball team. While a somewhat modest record, that was a program best. The Panthers haven't stopped there, though, and continue to look impressive.

Pitt's softball team is now a whopping 15-2 to continue their fast start. Just how much of a turnaround has the team seen since last year? In 2014, the Panthers won 15 games ... all year long. Pitt has already tied that mark and has nearly two full months to play.

The team still isn't garnering any national attention not even receiving any votes in the most recent poll this week. Much of that can be directly tied to Pitt's competition. The Panthers have yet to face any ranked teams or even any teams receiving votes yet. That doesn't make the start any less impressive to me.

The reason? Pitt's softball program has been one of those that's never quite gotten off the ground. The team went winless in its inaugural season in 1998. They won a total of six games in their first three seasons - combined. It took nine seasons to post the program's first winning record, when they went 32-27 in 2006. The program has never been to the NCAA Tournament. There just hasn't been much success surrounding this team and any start so good is a great thing to see, despite the opponents.

Pitt not yet being ranked isn't much of a surprise. Still, if they keep winning they'll eventually garner some more attention.

The Panthers will also have a chance to continue to pad their record. Based on this week's poll, they don't face a ranked team until the end of the month when they'll square off against the No. 13 Florida State Seminoles.

Only time will tell if the team is for real, but in the meantime, it's great to see them getting off to an amazing start.

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