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Pitt softball team tees off on North Carolina for 14-5 run-rule win

The nine-run drubbing gave Pitt its first home win of the 2019 season

The Pitt softball team snapped a seven-game losing streak on Saturday by putting up its first double-figure run total of the season in a 14-5 beatdown of North Carolina. The win came in the final installment of a three-game series between the Panthers and the Tar Heels and prevented Pitt from suffering a sweep.

Taylor Rahach took the mound for Pitt and logged 2.1 innings before getting pulled from the game. Over that span, she gave up four hits, four walks and three earned runs. She was relieved by Abby Edwards in the top of the third inning, and although Edwards quickly gave up an unearned run and one earned run later, she was able to limit walks and get the win.

However, the story of the day was the Panthers batters, who put on a show at Vartebedian Field. Ten of the team’s 14 runs came on home runs by Gabrielle Fredericks, Katlyn Pavlick, Olivia Gray and Morgan Batesole. Collectively, Batesole, Fredericks and Gray drove in 11 runs. And as a whole, the team racked up 15 hits on the day and drew five walks.

“It was just a lot of fun,” Pitt head coach Jodi Hermanek said after the game. “We went up and down the lineup getting some pinch hits and great at-bats from players like Sarah [Seamans] and Morgan [Batesole]. Morgan goes out there and hits her first college home run and sprinted around the bases faster than anyone could see."

"It was just a great opportunity for us to come and watch our good hitters do what we know they’re capable of doing."

With the win, the Panthers improved to 5-28 on the season. They will look to build on that momentum on Wednesday, when they host Ohio State for the final game of their nine-game homestand at Vartebedian Field.