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Panthers Down Eagles, 7-0, Complete Series Sweep

Matt Hawley

The Pittsburgh Panthers (13-41, 7-17), winners of four in a row, completed their series sweep of the Boston College Eagles on Sunday afternoon with a final score of 7-0. It was the second time in three games that they managed to shutout Boston College.

In the series opener on Friday, senior pitcher Sarah Dawson threw a complete-game shutout. It ended in the bottom of the sixth inning after senior second baseman Alexis Solak crushed a grand slam that enacted the run rule to end the game, 11-0 in favor of Pitt. Yesterday, on senior night, there were again fireworks to end the game. Junior Kaitlyn Kruger cranked a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning, which saw the Panthers defeat the Eagles, 15-12.

Earlier today, Pitt used four pitchers with senior Taylor Rahach earning the start and pitching the first two innings of the game. Sophomore Brittany Knight and freshman Abby Edwards each pitched two innings a piece, giving up just 3 hits between them. Dawson closed the game in the seventh inning.

The Panthers made the most out of their 6 hits. Sophomore third baseman Morgan Batesole’s 3-run homer in the bottom of the second put her team on the board. Knight helped her own cause in the bottom of the forth inning with a 2-run bomb over the left field fence. In the bottom of the fifth, senior outfielder Taylor Myers made the most out of her last game at Vartabedian Field with a 2-run RBI into left field.

For Pitt, it was their first series sweep of the season and it extended their longest winning streak of the season at four. While the Panthers were peaking at the right time, they have not qualified to participate in the ACC Tournament in Tallahassee, Florida next week.

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