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Pitt softball to host 2022 ACC Championship

Softball Team Pitt

by CW Ross

For the first time in Pitt softball history they will get to host the ACC Softball Championship at Vartabedian Field on May 11-14, 2022

This tournament should offer people in the area the opportunity to see some top quality softball. The ACC has really grown in talent level and the old days of Florida State at the top and everyone else fighting for second place on down are now over with the recent success of teams like Clemson, Duke and Virginia Tech along with several other ACC teams that are getting more talented with each new season.

Vartabedian Field at the Petersen Sports Complex in 2020 had several upgrades including the installation of a custom state-of-the-art turf field, courtesy of AstroTurf, and Vartabedian’s signage and overall environmental branding were updated to reflect the Pitt Blue and Gold.

Then in 2021 the third floor of the Petersen Sports Complex was completed that included a student-athlete lounge, fully equipped team meeting rooms and new offices that has an overview of both the softball field and Pittsburgh's skyline. The expansion also includes an additional visitor locker room, officials and coach’s locker room along with an expanded equipment room and a brand new student-athlete nutrition space. An indoor batting cage located behind left field is currently under construction and will be completed this fall. So the facility is well suited to hold such a prestigious event.

Pitt Head Coach Jodi Hermanek said that, “The Panthers are really excited to host the ACC Championship tournament in 2022,” ... “Softball fans in the Steel City are going to enjoy watching elite softball right here at Vartabedian Field. With our recent upgrades to the field including new turf, fence padding, logos and banners and without question the build of our new indoor batting facility, Pitt is ready to host a first-class atmosphere that will make for a championship tournament experience for our teams and softball fans.”

The 2022 ACC Championship Series will start on Wednesday May 11th and ends on Saturday May 14th with the conference championship game. A total of ten teams will compete for the ACC title with seeds 1-8 earning first round byes.

Stay tuned for ticket information that will be provided at a future date.

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John Vento- “Let God Drive”

John Vento

by CW Ross

John Vento is an award-winning singer-songwriter. His new track is, “Let God Drive.”

If you like your Gospel music with some gritty roots style in it then John Vento's, “Let God Drive,” song is for you.

The five-minute-long track deals with letting God take the steering wheel in your life and direct your path.


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Missouri softball shows up ready to play

Missouri softball logo

by CW Ross

Even after trailing early in the first game of their series against SEC powerhouse Arkansas on Saturday Missouri fought back and showed their grit winning the game by the final score of 6-3. For the Tigers, It was their first Top-Ten road win since 2019.

Missouri spread their hits out between several different players with Casidy Chaumont going 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, and two runs batted in. Kendyll Bailey went 2-for-4 at the plate with a solo home run. And making her first start since March 26th, Alex Honnold went 2-for-4 with a double, and an RBI single. Jenna Laird also went 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of singles and an RBI. Pitcher Emma Nichols earned her seventh save of the season, going 2.1 innings without allowing a hit.

The two teams met up again Sunday with Mizzou Softball taking it to Arkansas winning the game by the score of 10-1. Laurin Krings was dominant out of the bullpen. The freshman pitcher went 5.1 innings with five strikeouts while allowing zero hits, zero walks, and only one base runner.

Mizzou was looking for the series sweep in Monday's night last game of the long weekend series but Arkansas' bats finally came to life taking a 6-0 lead after just two innings. The Tigers mounted a comeback attempt getting the score to 8-4 but it ended at that final score with the game's final out with the bases loaded for Missouri.

Next up Florida visits Columbia for the Tigers' final home series of the season. The series will get underway on Friday at 6:30 p.m. CT on SEC Network Plus.

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Tennessee softball takes two out of three from Georgia

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by CW Ross

Tennessee opened their weekend series against fellow SEC foe Georgia Friday night at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium with a 3-1 win. Junior Ashley Rogers threw her 17th complete game of the season and picked up win No. 20 on the year. She ended the day allowing just a single run on five hits while walking none and striking out six.

The teams met again on Saturday with Tennessee getting the win again by the score of 9-3 to claim the win in the weekend series. Sophomore Callie Turner took care of things in the pitching circle going six innings giving up three runs of five hits. Sophomore Sam Bender entered the game for the sixth and seventh innings to close out the game. Tennessee's bats were alive too with junior Ally Shipman and freshman Madison Webber each recording multiple hits in the game. While senior Ivy Davis hit a grand slam in the game's fourth inning.

UT was going for its first SEC series sweep in Sunday's series-ending game but Georgia had a different idea in mind and salvaged the last game of their weekend series by the final score of 11-8, in extra-innings at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. The game was an offensive slugfest with the two teams combining for 21 hits. Four different Tennessee players got multiple hits, while all but one of Georgia's starters recorded a hit in the game.

Both sophomore Callie Turner and junior Ashley Rogers saw time in the pitching circle with Rogers taking the loss. While for Georgia Mary Wilson Avant pitched seven innings getting the game start but freshman Britton Rogers pitched the final two innings in relief and picked up the win. Rogers retired the Lady Vols in order in the bottom of the ninth to pick up her first career victory in the circle.

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LSU softball wins series with Kentucky

LSU softball logo

by CW Ross

Thanks to a five-run fifth inning by Kentucky they defeated LSU 7-5 Friday night at John Cropp Stadium in the opening game of their series. Going into the inning Kentucky was down by two runs but with the help of a grand slam and a solo home run took the game lead and win.

LSU’s Ali Kilponen took the loss after giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits in 4.2 innings of work. Kentucky’s Grace Baalman got the win in 2.2 innings of relief work.

The two teams were supposed to meet again on Saturday but rain caused that game to be moved to Sunday and make it a doubleheader day.

Things went better for LSU on Sunday with LSU taking both ends of the doubleheader, 10-7 and 10-4, played at John Cropp Stadium to get the weekend series win over Kentucky.

Shelby Sunseri earned the win for the Tigers in seven innings of work in game one. Sunseri gave up seven runs, five earned, on seven hits in her winning effort. Ali Kilponen earned the win for the Tigers in game two after entering in relief in the first inning. Kilponen pitched 6.2 innings and allowed just one run on three hits.

LSU gets to return home after nine straight games on the road May 1-3 with a series against SEC-leading Arkansas. The Tigers went 6-3 during their road trip with three series wins.

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Penn State softball losers in Maryland series

Softball Team Penn State

by CW Ross

Penn State softball's trip to Maryland didn't start well with the Nittany Lions losing both ends of Friday doubleheader action by scores of 1-0 and 11-1 in a five innings run-rule game. Junior Penn State pitcher Bailey Parshall did add six more strikeouts in game one of the doubleheader as she chases the program's record book.

In Saturday action Penn State got back on track winning their afternoon game against Maryland 1-0 at Maryland Softball Stadium.

Penn State's left-handed pitchers Vanessa Oatley and Bailey Parshall combined for the shutout, the Nittany Lions’ first of the season. Oatley earned the win in the circle and Parshall was credited with the save. Parshall came in to throw in relief and registered her 388th career strikeout to move into a tie for sixth all-time in the program record books with Marisa Hanson (2001-04). Parshall was also credited with the save, her first of the season and the seventh in her career. She now moves into third alone all-time for career saves, passing Jackie Hill (6; 2007-11).

In Sunday action Penn State fell to Maryland in a heartbreaking 5-4 loss in the final game of their weekend series. Penn State was in the lead going into the bottom of the seventh when Maryland scored three runs to get the walk-off win.

Penn State junior Bailey Parshall entered the game in relief and recorded two strikeouts. She now sits at sixth alone all-time for career strikeouts with 390, passing Marisa Hanson (388; 2001-04).

Penn State returns home to host a tough Michigan Wolverines team at Nittany Lion Softball Park and Beard Field in a four-game series, April 30-May 2.

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Pitt softball splits series against Boston College

Softball Team Pitt

by CW Ross

Pitt's weekend series was supposed to be two single games played on Friday and Saturday followed by a doubleheader on Sunday to end the series. But due to the bad weather forecast for Sunday in the Boston area, it turned into doubleheader play on both Friday and Saturday.

That change was good fortune for Pitt because they came ready to play on Friday pounding out 25 hits on the day winning both games of the doubleheader by scores of 7-4 in game one and getting a run-rule 9-0, five innings win in game two of the day.

Every time I get to see Pitt sophomore EC Taylor play I'm impressed by just how big of an impact she can have on a game with her power slapping abilities and killer speed on the bases. Taylor finished Friday's action going 5-for-9 with four runs, a triple, and two stolen bases. I'm guessing that Florida head coach Tim Walton wishes he wouldn't have let Taylor get away from his Gator's program.

Unlike in some earlier games this season Pitt's pitching looked ready for the big-time too. Sophomore pitcher Makenzie Stiles earned the win in game one going 4.2 innings while giving up just four hits and recording one strikeout. Redshirt senior pitcher Brittany Knight showed some of her ace form from previous seasons throwing a three-hitter complete-game, five-inning shutout in game two.

Unfortunately for Pitt Saturday's doubleheader action against BC wasn't as fruitful as Fridays. Pitt lost both ends of the doubleheader, game one 3-2 and 8-4 in game two to split the weekend series with the Eagles.

The main difference between the two days of play was on Friday Pitt's pitchers showed what could be when they're firing on all cylinders while in Saturday's action they couldn't get the outs needed in key situations that lead to extra runs being scored.


County artist Michael Patrick

Michael Patrick

by CW Ross

Michael Patrick has put in many years building his musical career having performed live over 1,500 times. Along the way, he's also had the chance to open for many well-established artist and bands including, Randy Travis, Clint Black, Marty Stuart, Rosanne Cash, Steve Earle, Carlene Carter, Billy Joe Shaver, Gary Allen, David Allan Coe, Justin Townes Earle, Chris Knight, The Marshall Tucker Band, and The Outlaws, to name just a few of them. He also toured in a Johnny Cash tribute band that he founded called, Ring of Fire.

It's been over two years since Patrick's last release, 'John Wayne Movies,' and he's back again with the release of his fifth studio effort entitled, 'Home.'

During that break between album releases, Patrick moved from the suburbs to a location in the countryside where he says that instead of people his neighbors are now cows and horses.

Patrick says that his new album, “tells the story of a musician and a pandemic. What did you do during quarantine?” He said that his weekly, “therapy sessions,” consisted of spending time in the recording studio laying down new tracks.

I got to hear several tracks from the new album including the up-tempo, “Whiskey and My Guitar,” which deals with how the musician's world of performing using platforms like Facebook Live and Zoom, have changed things.

You can find, “Home,” on the usual music places like, iTunes, Amazon, Google Music, and Spotify. You can also visit Patrick's website to learn more about him and his music including tour dates, news, photos, video and audio clips of his music.

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Pitt softball gets series sweep over North Carolina

Softball Team Pitt

by CW Ross

Looking to get back on track playing at their home Vartabedian Field after getting swept last weekend by NC State this time Pitt was going up against North Carolina. Things turned out much better this time as Pitt started the series with a 7-6 win in Friday evening's opening game.

Offensively, Junior Sarah Seamans went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs. It is her third four-RBI game of the season and Freshman Cami Compson went a perfect 2-for-2 with two runs, one RBI, and two walks to lead the team.

Pitt redshirt senior Brittany Knight pitched the final two and two-thirds innings, allowing just two hits and striking out two in the winning effort.

The two teams were back at it again on Saturday for some doubleheader action this time. Pitt took care of business winning both games of the doubleheader.

In game one Pitt used a walk-off solo home run from senior outfielder Hunter Levesque to win it by the score of 6-5. Earlier in the same inning, sophomore Kayla Lane hit a game-tying two-run home run to left field.

Sophomore EC Taylor also had a good game going 5-for-7 for the day with three RBIs, three runs, and a stolen base. Along with junior Sarah Seamans who hit her second homer in as many days in game one and went 4-for-6 with two RBIs and a run for the day.

Pitt also got a win in the second game of the doubleheader by the score of 6-4. Brittany Knight picked up the game win in the pitching circle.


Florida softball takes down Alabama in series

Softball Florida Logo

by CW Ross

In a match-up between two SEC Titan's, Florida and Alabama played in a weekend series at Rhoads Stadium that got started on Friday night. Usually things go well for Alabama when they play at home but not for this series. Florida pitching ace Elizabeth Hightower pitched a complete-game shutout in getting the series game one win by a final score of 2-0. It was Florida’s 13th shutout of the season and fifth of an SEC opponent.

Things didn't get any better for the Crimson Tide in Saturday's game with them losing again to Florida, this time by a final score of 9-2. The win came in part thanks to a Florida, five-run 6th inning, highlighted by a Kendyl Lindaman grand slam that broke the game wide open. Natalie Lugo pitched 4.0 innings and held Alabama to just two runs on four hits to pick up the win, while Katie Chronister entered the game for the final 3.0 innings to earn her third save of the season.

The two teams met again on Sunday afternoon with Alabama looking to avoid the series sweep and that's just what they did getting a 4-2 win over Florida in the final game of their weekend series. Alabama pitcher Montana Fouts registered 10 strikeouts in the complete game-winning effort while Elizabeth Hightower took the loss for Florida.

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