Pitt Softball adds sophomore right-hander Adriana Romano to team

Pitt head Coach Jodi Hermanek announced the signing of transfer pitcher Adriana Romano. The Siena transfer totaled 139 K’s and 11 wins last season.

Romano, who enters as a sophomore with three years of athletic eligibility left, spent her freshman season at Siena, where she was the ace of the staff for a team that won 30 plus games in 2022.

A native of Barnegat, N.J., Romano went 11-6 with a 2.45 ERA last season, recording 139 strikeouts with an opposing batting average of .209 in 114.1 innings pitched. She had three shutouts and a save with a 1.25 WHIP.

“It’s exciting to announce the addition of Adriana Romano to our Panther roster,” Hermanek said. “Adriana comes off a freshman season putting out strong numbers that proves she knows how to win. I value her field presence and demeanor in the circle, and the attack she puts into her pitches to go after batters. That type of pitching character goes a long way in our Pitt bullpen and in the ACC.”

Pitt Softball adds former Yale pitcher Julia Grobman to roster

Grobman a right-hander has three years of eligibility left.

Pitt Head Coach Jodi Hermanek recently announced the addition saying, “I am excited to announce the addition of Julia to our Panther roster,” said Hermanek. “She’s got a sharp arsenal of pitches, spins the ball very well, and has the mentality for the competitive circle. Julia has the qualities that are valued in our program; she has academic integrity, athletic charge and devotion, and care and respect for her teammates and coaches.”

Grobman last pitched for Yale, appearing in seven games her freshman year in 2020. That season was cut short abruptly due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the IVY League did not participate in any sports for the 2020-21 season. She joins Pitt as a junior with three years of eligibility left.

Grobman’s stats for the 2020 season included four game starts with 25 strikeouts and a 3.82 ERA in 29.1 innings pitched.

“I value Julia playing in the FGCL for the past two summers; it shows her love for the game, and specifically her love for competing and pitching,” said Hermanek. Grobman joins senior infielder Kat Rodriguez as Panthers playing in the Florida Gulf Coast Summer League this June and July. Pitt now has four players playing in the summer, including both Yvonne Whaley and Dani Drogemuller in the Alliance Fastpitch League.

Grobman becomes the fifth Florida native on the squad, joining Kaitlyn Burdick (Orlando), Amanda “Tuta” Ramirez (Miami), Ana Hernandez (Miami), and Rodriguez (Pembroke Pines). Grobman and Rodriguez attended American Heritage together and graduated in the same class in 2019.

(Thanks to Pitt Athletics)