Pitt baseball’s ACC schedule includes seven ranked opponents

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Pitt baseball head coach Mike Bell announced the Panthers 2021 ACC schedule on Tuesday.

By Alexander Ganias, Staff Writer

Pitt baseball head coach Mike Bell announced the Panthers 2021 ACC schedule on Tuesday, which will feature 12 conference series, two more than the traditional 10.

Pitt will visit Florida State, Duke, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Louisville and Wake Forest primarily playing its road schedule early on. The team will host Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Miami, North Carolina, Boston College and NC State. Each series consists of three matchups, giving Pitt a total of 36 games.

Bell expressed anticipation for what the extra conference series will do for the team.

“With the addition of two more conference weekends in what some believe is the toughest baseball league in the country, this year provides possibly the most challenging schedule in the history of our program,” Bell said. “We’re extremely excited to get back on the field together and compete.”

Pitt currently has seven ranked opponents on their schedule — No. 24 Florida State, No. 21 Miami, No. 17 Wake Forest, No. 16 Virginia, No. 15 Georgia Tech, No. 13 NC State and No. 5 Louisville. 

The Panthers will start team practices on Jan. 29, and their season opener will take place in Tallahassee on Feb. 26. Their home opener against Virginia Tech won’t occur until Mar. 26. The Panthers’ only Thursday game will take place on Apr. 1 against Notre Dame, moved up to account for Easter Sunday.

Louisville, easily Pitt’s highest ranked opponent at this time, will host the Panthers on Apr. 23. After a couple more series in late April and May, the ACC Baseball Tournament will begin on May 25, though the location hasn’t been determined.

Pitt hasn’t scheduled any non-conference games at this time, and will release its non-conference schedule at a later date. 

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