Pitt softball shuts out North Carolina, reaches ACC championship game
Pitt softball advanced to the title game of the ACC Tournament for the second time in four years, recording a 3-0 semifinal victory Friday against North Carolina at Mewborn Field in Atlanta.
No. 2 seed Pitt (33-17-1) will meet top-seeded Florida State (46-10 and ranked 10th in the nation by USA Today) at noon Saturday on ESPN. The Panthers also played Florida State in the 2015 championship game, losing, 6-2.
A victory would give Pitt its only ACC tournament championsihp in any sport since joining the conference for the 2013-2014 academic year.
“We can't wait for (Saturday),” Pitt coach Holly Aprile said.
Starting pitcher Sarah Dawson threw her first complete game shutout of the season at the most opportune time. She allowed two hits and two walks and let her defense make the plays behind her, striking out only one batter.
“Sarah was tremendous today,” Aprile said. “She got in a few jams early in first two innings, but battled right through that.
“She made adjustments up and down the lineup. It's a really potent lineup to pitch to since they have many different things happening with their slappers and power hitters. She just did a great job.”
Pitt scored on junior Taylor Myers' two-run single and Erin Hershman's double down the right field line.
“All year we have tried to make things happen on the bases and at the plate,” Aprile said. “Taylor came through with the big hit and it worked out nicely.
“Erin's at-bat was huge. She was able to sneak her bat out at that pitch and pull it around, placing it in the perfect position for us to be able to score that insurance run.”Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.