Virginia Tech Softball Beats Pitt, Sweeps Third Straight ACC Series

Emma Mazzarone and Virginia Tech swept Pitt on Sunday. (Virginia Tech athletics)

No. 12 Virginia Tech softball secured its third consecutive ACC sweep on Sunday with a 9-0 run-rule win over Pitt.

The Hokies (21-4-1, 9-0 ACC) outscored the Panthers (7-18, 0-6 ACC) 32-4 throughout the series. Their 10 home runs were the most in an ACC series in program history.

Tech joins its 2022 team as the only one in program history to start ACC play 9-0. That squad — which finished a win away from the College World Series — started 11-0 before a road loss to Florida State.

“With three sweeps in a row when you’re trying to win the league, you’ve got to take care of business,” Virginia Tech head coach Pete D’Amour said. “We are — so far.”

Sunday’s game was a rout from the start; two batters in, left fielder Addy Greene hit a two-run blast. Shortstop Teagan Thrunk singled later in the inning to score right fielder Cori McMillan and pinch runner CC Fleming, doubling Tech’s lead.

Tech didn’t let up in the second or third, scoring two and three runs, respectively. But after Greene’s homer, it relied entirely on base hits to score. Second baseman Cameron Fagan and third baseman Bre Peck each hit two RBI singles to build on the Hokies’ margin.

Center fielder Emma Ritter — the reigning ACC Player of the Week —  continued her dominant weekend, adding two hits and three runs. In three games against Pitt, she contributed six hits and scored five runs.

The Hokies taxed Pitt’s arms, forcing the Panthers to use all six of their pitchers, five of whom threw twice. On Sunday, Olivia Stefanoni only went ⅔ of an inning, allowing three hits and four runs. Ahmari Braden — who came in relief — saw 1 ⅔ innings of work and allowed four hits and four runs. Adriana Romano cleaned up the final 1 ⅔ innings, allowing two hits and one run.

On the other hand, Tech used fresh arms all weekend. Emma Mazzarone threw the first four innings and allowed just two hits. Cassie Grizzard saw her first appearance since March 2 — a scoreless fifth inning — to close out the game.

Mazzarone has not allowed an earned run throughout her first 18 ⅓ conference innings. Her 1.06 earned run average ranks fifth in the ACC, including first among freshmen.

“[Pitching coach Josh Johnson] makes me feel pretty comfortable,” Mazzarone said. “It’s different from high school, obviously, but I’m pretty comfortable out there. He makes it seem like it’s the same.”

Tech’s next weekend opponents are going to be much larger challenges than Pitt; it’ll next play road series against No. 15 Alabama and No. 4 Duke. Strong ACC wins, however, are nothing to ignore.

“Every game you go into is the same,” D’Amour said. “Whether you’re playing Pitt or Florida State or Duke, nothing changes. If we play like we did this weekend against anybody, we’ve got a chance.”

Before the Hokies can worry about top-25 opponents, they will focus on their midweek games: a doubleheader at Longwood on Tuesday starting at 4 p.m. ET and a home game against Maryland Eastern Shore on Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET.

Box Score: Virginia Tech 9, Pitt 0 (5 innings) 

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  1. Why so many mid week games before heading down to Alabama? Doesn’t make sense to me.

  2. Sweep the next conference series and we can start talking. Two games at Alabama would be good wins.

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