The Panthers’ softball team entered this past weekend with a 9-14 record with four games against the Syracuse Orange. Despite the Orange struggling this season (Syracuse entered the weekend with a 6-9 record), the Panthers were swept in four games.
Pitt was routed 7-1 on Friday night but had their chances in Game 2. The Panthers took a 3-2 lead in the 2nd inning but the Orange responded to tie the game 3-3 in the 3rd. Pitt took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 3rd but in the the 5th, the Orange broke open the game with two runs to take a 6-4 lead and never looked back. They would add another run in the 6th inning to win the contest 7-4.
In Game 3, the Orange broke the game wide open in the first inning with three runs. They would score another run in the 2nd, and an additional three runs in the 5th. An additional run in the 6thinning would seal the Panthers’ fate with a final score of 8-0.
Looking to score one win in the series, the Panthers came into Sunday’s game determined for a win. The game would stay tied 1-1 until the 4th inning where the Orange scored five runs to bring their lead to 6-1. The Panthers would score two runs in the 6th inning to bring the score to 6-3 with one inning remaining. But Syracuse would score an additional three runs to produce the final score of 9-3.
This season has not been the greatest of starts for Panthers Softball, but they look to bounce back in a double-header against Louisville on Saturday, April 3 as part of another four-game series.