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Penguins prevail 7-5 in Pitt baseball’s home opener

Pitt junior Chris Cappas throws a pitch against Youngstown State Wednesday.

By Henry Jackson, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

After getting off to one of the hottest starts in program history, Pitt baseball struggled to find a rhythm Wednesday against Youngstown State and fell in its home opener.

Panther Spotlight: Hess, Vera, Phillips impress as spring rolls in

Sophomore outfielder Kyle Hess is the team leader in hits (17), RBIs (18) and total bases (32).

By Ben Mankowski, Staff Writer

March 3, 2020

Kyle Hess, Blaise Vera and Breanna Phillips all impressed for their respective Pitt sports teams over the past week.

Pitt baseball picks up 4 wins in Florida over weekend

Pitt starter junior Chris Cappas threw five scoreless innings against Lehigh, giving up one hit and striking out a career-high nine batters to earn his first victory of 2020.

By Marshall Worth, Staff Writer

March 2, 2020

Pitt baseball continued its red-hot start to the season over the weekend, sweeping its quartet of matchups against Lehigh and Central Connecticut State in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational in Sanford, Florida. With the wins, Pitt improved its record to 10-1, good for its best start since 2002 and first-place in the ACC Coastal division.

Pitt baseball stays hot, sweeps Eastern Michigan

Pitt baseball played its first three-game series of 2020 over the weekend, sweeping Eastern Michigan in Sanford, Florida, and improving to 6-1 on the season.

By Marshall Worth, Staff Writer

February 23, 2020

Pitt baseball played its first three-game series of 2020 over the weekend, sweeping Eastern Michigan in Sanford, Florida, to improve to 6-1 on the season.

Potent offense propels Pitt baseball to strong start

In their three wins of four games, the Pitt offense combined for 35 runs and 42 hits in Port Charlotte, Florida, over the weekend.

By Marshall Worth, Staff Writer

February 17, 2020

Pitt baseball kicked off its 2020 season in Port Charlotte, Florida, over the weekend, posting a 3-1 record over the course of three days. The Panthers started off hot, beating both Indiana State and St. Joseph’s on Friday, before going 1-1 against Ohio State and Iowa to close out the weekend. 

‘One pitch at a time’: Pitt baseball talks upcoming season

Nico Popa suffered a season-ending injury as a sophomore but fought back to earn second-team All-ACC honors in 2019.

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

February 13, 2020

A year after a trying season — finishing last in the ACC with a 21-34 overall record — Mike Bell thinks that having a short memory is the approach his team needs.

Former Panther Zeuch weathers star-studded Braves lineup in MLB debut

T.J. Zeuch became the highest draft pick in Pitt baseball history when he was drafted 21st overall by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2016.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

September 3, 2019

The Toronto Blue Jays currently sit in baseball’s basement. They own a record of 55-84, fifth-worst in all of baseball, and over the summer decided to dip into a loaded farm system. Blue Jays fans had already witnessed the debuts of future stars like Vladamir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette, but Tuesday night featured the latest addition to Toronto’s youth movement — former Pitt Panther TJ Zeuch.

What you missed in a summer of Pitt sports

Redshirt junior defensive lineman Rashad Weaver, 17, tore his ACL in training camp this summer. He will be sitting out this season.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

August 25, 2019

From snagging heralded recruits to hiring new coaches and seeing former players get drafted, Pitt athletics saw several crucial developments take place over the summer.

Where is Pitt’s 2018 MLB Draft class now?

RHP Derek West was the only Pitt baseball player to forgo signing an MLB contract and return to college after the 2018 MLB Draft.

By Michael Nitti, Staff Writer

July 16, 2019

Although the Pittsburgh Panthers baseball team is in their offseason, a handful of past Panthers are working their way through the minor league system, including the five players that were selected in the 2018 MLB Draft.

4 Panthers sign with MLB teams

Right-hand pitcher Dan Hammer was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 13th round of the MLB draft.

By Brian Gentry, Senior Staff Writer

July 9, 2019

The college baseball careers of three Pittsburgh Panthers ended early last month following the MLB draft. Now, they have all officially signed onto their new teams.

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