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Pitt freshman softball pitcher Sarah Dawson tosses program's first perfect game

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Throughout the Pitt softball program's nearly 20-year history, no pitcher had ever thrown a perfect game. That changed on Saturday when freshman Sarah Dawson (3-0) recorded one in a 13-0 win over Providence.

Dawson was, well, perfect. Astonishingly, she did not record a strikeout in retiring all 15 batters of a five-inning game.

Dawson was a member of team's most recent recruiting class in the Fall of 2015. This also wasn't her first perfect game, having thrown one as a senior in high school as part of a dominant 23-1 season with a .81 ERA. In addition, Dawson was also part of a state title team during her time before joining the Panthers for this season.

Just an outstanding achievement and another indication that the softball program is moving in the right direction. So far, the team has suffered some early losses (more on that on Sunday), but Dawson's showing was an impressive one. The fact that she is only a freshman is another reason for optimism for the program going forward.

After winning a second game on Saturday, the Panthers are now 10-4 on the season.

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