The Pitt softball team went into non-conference action this weekend with Marshall and came out successful, sweeping both ends of a doubleheader.
The Panthers (28-16-1) opened with a close game, winning 6-5 over the Thundering Herd (23-26-1). Pitt had to fight back several times in the game to win it. Starter Sarah Dawson got down early, 1-0, after an error on a failed pickoff attempt occurred, then got down 4-3 in the third inning. It was a back and forth game but after the Panthers regained the lead, Marshall tied it up in the sixth, 5-5. The Panthers were able to win it, though, on a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Pitt dominated the second game as Kayla Harris threw a shutout. The Panthers were again able to score some runs in an easy 8-0 win that was ended due to the mercy rule in the sixth inning. The offense was highlighted by home runs from Giorgiana Zeremenko and McKayla Taylor. Harris managed to pitch the shutout even after finishing the first game coming on in relief of Dawson.
The Panthers will now face Kent State on Tuesday and Ohio State on Wednesday before finishing the regular season against Louisville at home next weekend.