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Pitt softball enters ACC Tournament as No. 8 seed

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Pitt softball put together another 30-win season for the second year in a row and as a result, squeaked into the ACC softball tournament as the No. 8 (and final) seed. The Panthers don't have it easy, facing top-seeded Florida State in the round on Thursday at 11:00 a.m - it will be on ESPN3.

You might remember that Pitt met up with Florida State last season in the ACC Tournament. However, they didn't face them until the finals, losing that game 6-2, but still making the NCAAs.

Pitt probably needs to win the game to get into the NCAAs, so the fact that they are 0-11 all time against the Seminoles and were swept by them this season isn't all that encouraging. Pitt did nearly defeat Florida State in the second of three games this year, losing narrowly 4-3. But the other two contests were pretty ugly as the Panthers were outscored 31-16.

This site, which has a softball Bracketology outlook, leaves the Panthers out as of this week. Pitt's RPI is only 86th and the Panthers are not ranked in the Top 25 polls or receiving any votes.

Safe to say, they probably need a big run in the ACC Tournament to get into the NCAAs.

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