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No. 4 Panthers sweep UVA in ACC opener

No. 4 Panthers sweep UVA in ACC opener

By Alex Lehmbeck, Staff Writer

September 26, 2019

Pitt volleyball’s quest for an ACC Championship three-peat got off to a dominant start with a 3-0 victory at Virginia to open conference play.

Nittany Lions nip Pitt’s perfect start

Nittany Lions nip Pitt’s perfect start

By Alex Lehmbeck, Staff Writer

September 22, 2019

In front of a record-breaking crowd, No. 6 Pitt volleyball fell to No. 4 Penn State at the Petersen Events Center on Sunday afternoon in a thrilling 3-2 loss.

Unrivaled: No. 6 Pitt stays perfect with sweep at No. 4 PSU

Unrivaled: No. 6 Pitt stays perfect with sweep at No. 4 PSU

By Alex Lehmbeck, Staff Writer

September 21, 2019

Pitt volleyball made a huge statement Friday night, sweeping Penn State in Happy Valley to preserve its undefeated season.

Pitt, Penn State prepare for paramount volleyball series

Pitt, Penn State prepare for paramount volleyball series

By Alex Lehmbeck, Staff Writer

September 18, 2019

The Petersen Events Center will play host to possibly the most anticipated home volleyball match in Pitt’s history on Sunday. The undefeated No. 6 Panthers will face off against rival and No. 4 team in the country, Penn State.

Pitt volleyball stays undefeated, downs Ducks 3-1

Pitt volleyball stays undefeated, downs Ducks 3-1

By Alex Lehmbeck, Staff Writer

September 12, 2019

Despite dropping its first set of the season, Pitt volleyball emerged with its 27th straight home win over No. 10 Oregon Wednesday night.

Pitt volleyball is ready for its encore

Pitt volleyball is ready for its encore

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 11, 2019

With Pitt ranked No. 6 and fielding one of its most talented rosters since Dan Fisher took over in 2013, the team is gearing up for its ultimate goal — an extended run in the NCAA Tournament.

Amanda West is just getting started

Amanda West is just getting started

By Ben Bobeck, Staff Writer

September 10, 2019

Amanda West has looked right at home since the moment she stepped on the field for Pitt women’s soccer, leading the team like a veteran and re-writing the team record books along the way.

No. 10 Pitt volleyball downs Duquesne, wins sixth straight

No. 10 Pitt volleyball downs Duquesne, wins sixth straight

By Alex Lehmbeck, Staff Writer

September 8, 2019

The Panthers (6-0) came into the Fitzgerald Field House Saturday night on fire before hosting the Dukes (2-6) in the final match of the Pittsburgh-hosted Champyinz Invitational. The first win was a 3-0 victory to Big 10 foe Ohio State at PPG Paints Arena on Friday night, followed by another 3-0 rout of Green Bay on Saturday afternoon.

Crissy Shannon: Bending over backwards for Pitt band

Crissy Shannon: Bending over backwards for Pitt band

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 5, 2019

Pitt senior Crissy Shannon earned the role of drum major last spring, becoming the first woman to do so in the band’s 108-year history.

Weekend Sports: Volleyball sweeps through opening homestand

Weekend Sports: Volleyball sweeps through opening homestand

By Elliott Borawski, For the Pitt News

September 3, 2019

Pitt volleyball led the weekend in Pitt sports, winning all nine of its sets as it swept through the three-game Panther Challenge to begin the regular season.

Pitt cross country dominates long-awaited home meet

Pitt cross country dominates long-awaited home meet

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

September 3, 2019

Pitt cross country rose to the occasion at its long-awaited home meet Friday evening, winning both the men’s and women’s races.

Weekend Sports: West powers Panthers to perfect start

Weekend Sports: West powers Panthers to perfect start

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

August 25, 2019

Men’s soccer and volleyball closed preseason action with nailbiters, while a first-year women’s soccer player earned her place in the record books on opening night.

Pitt volleyball has no plans to slow down

Pitt volleyball has no plans to slow down

By Emily Wolfe, Sports Editor

August 21, 2019

Pitt’s best sports team is heading into the fall with two back-to-back conference championships under its belt and three NCAA tournament appearances in a row.

Weekend Sports: West K’s 12 at Cost Field

Weekend Sports: West K’s 12 at Cost Field

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

April 15, 2019

Some of Pitt’s teams didn’t earn their desired end result, but the weekend still provided standout moments across Panther athletics.

Weekend Sports: Track team paces Pitt athletics

Weekend Sports: Track team paces Pitt athletics

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

April 8, 2019

Despite the hype for Pitt athletics to reveal the new team uniforms in “retro” colors Sunday, the Panthers didn’t have a great weekend — only the track team provided top finishes.

Weekend Sports: Pitt track goes for gold

Weekend Sports: Pitt track goes for gold

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

April 1, 2019

While Brad Pitt’s acting has been perfect in all 71 movies he’s been in, the Panthers’ weekend had far more mixed results.

Weekend Sports: Baseball, softball suffer sweeps

Weekend Sports: Baseball, softball suffer sweeps

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 25, 2019

While the sun came out for the first time in a long time, it was a bleak, dark weekend for Pitt athletics.

Pitt wrestlers wrap up NCAA Championships after Day 2

Pitt wrestlers wrap up NCAA Championships after Day 2

By Jack Clay, Staff Writer

March 23, 2019

Friday’s session included the tournament quarterfinals, semifinals, wrestlebacks and four of Pitt’s own wrestlers.

Phillippi, Bonaccorsi shine at Day 1 of NCAA Wrestling Championships

Phillippi, Bonaccorsi shine at Day 1 of NCAA Wrestling Championships

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 22, 2019

The Pitt wrestling team saw two of its five wrestlers — No. 4 Micky Phillippi and No. 13 Nino Bonaccorsi — advance past the first two Thursday sessions of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship.

Five Pitt wrestlers to compete at NCAA Championships

Five Pitt wrestlers to compete at NCAA Championships

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

March 20, 2019

With Pittsburgh hosting the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1957, it’s fitting that the Panthers will send five wrestlers to enjoy the hometown advantage: Micky Phillippi, Demetrius Thomas, Taleb Rahmani, Nino Bonaccorsi and Kellan Stout.

Weekend Sports: Baseball takes three in Kissimmee

Weekend Sports: Baseball takes three in Kissimmee

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

March 4, 2019

In a busy weekend for Pitt athletics, the baseball team stood out among the competition with three wins in four games at the Russmatt Central Florida Invitational.

Take 5: WWZD: What Will Zion Do

Take 5: WWZD: What Will Zion Do

By Pitt News Staff

February 28, 2019

No one knows for sure what any athletes’ futures hold, but people can speculate. Morant will make it, Zion should come back, the Phillies should walk away from Bryce and Murray needs to throw.

Lauray leads Pitt at ACC Championships

Lauray leads Pitt at ACC Championships

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

February 25, 2019

Greg Lauray took gold in the high jump at the ACC Indoor Championships, while Dante’ Watson helped place in three different events for the Panthers.

Weekend Sports: Baseball, wrestling excel down south

Weekend Sports: Baseball, wrestling excel down south

By Andrew Kelly, Staff Writer

February 25, 2019

The weekend in Pitt sports saw the wrestling team close the regular season with a win over a ranked opponent and the baseball team sweep its tournament competition.

Weekend Sports: Wrestling rolls, softball stumbles

Weekend Sports: Wrestling rolls, softball stumbles

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

February 18, 2019

The Panthers didn’t fare so well on the diamond — the baseball and softball teams went a combined 1-7 in their respective tournaments over the weekend.

Weekend Sports: Wrestling racks up three wins

Weekend Sports: Wrestling racks up three wins

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

February 11, 2019

Pitt wrestling led the charge over the weekend, racking up three wins after struggling in previous weeks.

Weekend Sports: Tough three days for Pitt athletics

Weekend Sports: Tough three days for Pitt athletics

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

February 4, 2019

In an otherwise bleak three days, the tennis and track and field programs provided moments of victory with set wins and podium finishes.

Weekend Sports: Swim team shines in last home meet

Weekend Sports: Swim team shines in last home meet

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

January 28, 2019

Pitt swimming and diving headlined an eventful weekend in Pitt athletics, dominating the Western Pennsylvania Invitational and breaking multiple team records in the process.

Pitt Men’s Ultimate brings “end of days” to opponents

Pitt Men’s Ultimate brings “end of days” to opponents

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

January 23, 2019

Pitt’s Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team was voted Pitt’s best club sport. “I think that we are the hardest working team in the country every year in terms of time we put in,” fifth-year senior and captain Hafeez Shams said

Take 5: Kyler Murray is hurting his career, transfer portal is making football fun

Take 5: Kyler Murray is hurting his career, transfer portal is making football fun

By Pitt News Staff

January 16, 2019

Kyler Murray declared for the NFL Draft and in the end, it’s going to cause more harm than good. He won’t become the high draft selection he hoped for and the Oakland A’s will lose because they wasted their No. 9 pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. This moment in history will be known as “The Oakland Screw Job.”

Panthers in the Pros: Black, Perez, Washington, McDonough

Panthers in the Pros: Black, Perez, Washington, McDonough

By Stephen Thompson, staff writer

January 16, 2019

With 15 varsity sports, it is expected that some Pitt alums go on to become professional athletes. While some, like former Pitt football player James Conner, are more well known, there are still Panthers from all different sports performing at the professional level.

Pitt gymnasts embrace team environment

Pitt gymnasts embrace team environment

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

January 16, 2019

Most members of Pitt gymnastics spent their club careers striving for individual recognition and achievement. Now, they relish in being able to accomplish goals as a team.

Weekend Sports: Wrestling, gymnastics notch quality finishes

Weekend Sports: Wrestling, gymnastics notch quality finishes

By Kate Hall and Trent Leonard

January 14, 2019

Several of Pitt’s athletic teams put on a strong showing over weekend, with the gymnastics team breaking multiple program records and the wrestling team continuing its dominant start to the season.

Pitt to discontinue women’s tennis program

Pitt to discontinue women’s tennis program

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

January 10, 2019

Athletic director Heather Lyke announced that Pitt will be discontinuing its women's tennis program after the upcoming spring season.

Pitt Gymnastics set to vault into season

Pitt Gymnastics set to vault into season

By Kate Hall, staff writer

January 8, 2019

Pitt Gymnastics has used its off season to get closer as a team in hopes of topping its fifth place finish at the NCAA regional championships last season.

Panthers prowl during holiday hiatus

Panthers prowl during holiday hiatus

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019

While the students were away, the Panthers’ student-athletes were out to play. You catch up on what you missed and read what Pitt accomplished over break here.

Preview: Track and field sprints into indoor season

Preview: Track and field sprints into indoor season

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

December 5, 2018

Last season, the Pitt men’s track and field team came in last place in the ACC indoor competition. while the women’s team finished 12th out of 15 teams. They believe they can drastically improve on that in 2018.

Volleyball ends season with tournament loss to Michigan

Volleyball ends season with tournament loss to Michigan

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

December 3, 2018

After losing in the second round of the NCAA tournament the past two years, Pitt volleyball thought 2018 was its year — but Michigan ended the Panthers’ dreams of dancing into the Sweet 16 on Saturday night.

Weekend Sports: Basketball and wrestling shine amid football and volleyball losses

Weekend Sports: Basketball and wrestling shine amid football and volleyball losses

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

December 3, 2018

Men’s basketball beat Duquesne in the annual City Game and the wrestling team performed admirably at the Las Vegas Invitational, injecting some Panther pride into an otherwise bleak weekend.

Pitt sweeps Iona to move on to second round of NCAA Tournament

Pitt sweeps Iona to move on to second round of NCAA Tournament

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

December 1, 2018

Pitt Volleyball beat Iona to move onto the second round of the NCAA Tournament Friday.

Volleyball to host opening tournament matches as No. 12 seed

Volleyball to host opening tournament matches as No. 12 seed

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 28, 2018

For the first time in program history, Pitt’s volleyball team will host a playoff round, starting Friday, Nov. 29.

Panther Spotlight: Xavier Johnson, Danielle Garven, Nika Markovic

Panther Spotlight: Xavier Johnson, Danielle Garven, Nika Markovic

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 26, 2018

Xavier Johnson and Danielle Garven have helped out Pitt’s basketball teams in the early going, while Nika Markovic led the volleyball team to a strong regular-season finish.

Thanksgiving Recap: Volleyball, basketball gobble up wins

Thanksgiving Recap: Volleyball, basketball gobble up wins

By Kate Hall, Staff Writer

November 26, 2018

Pitt football fell to Miami, but three other Panther sports picked up the slack with a winning Thanksgiving weekend both home and away.

Weekend Sports: Volleyball clinches second straight ACC title

Weekend Sports: Volleyball clinches second straight ACC title

By Kate Hall, For the Pitt News

November 19, 2018

Records were broken and ACC championships were clinched over the weekend, showing a promising future for the programs heading into the winter seasons.

Weekend Sports: Women’s basketball, volleyball win big

Weekend Sports: Women’s basketball, volleyball win big

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

November 12, 2018

Pitt sports had an impressive weekend collectively, as all six teams playing were victorious in one way or another.

Weekend Recap: Wrestling starts season and Daigneault continues to roll

Weekend Recap: Wrestling starts season and Daigneault continues to roll

By Jack Clay, Staff Writer

November 5, 2018

Valerie Daigneault is undefeated in her swimming events so far this season. The volleyball team improved to 25-1 on the season and the wrestling team only has one more week until their season begins. You can read about all of that and more in this week’s weekend sports recap.

Pitt Announces Addition of Women’s Lacrosse Team in 2021

Pitt Announces Addition of Women’s Lacrosse Team in 2021

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

November 1, 2018

Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced the addition of the women’s lacrosse team on Thursday, its first season will be in spring 2022. Pitt’s last varsity sports addition was over 20 years ago when women’s softball was added in 1998.

Weekend Sports: Volleyball’s win streak snapped at 23

Weekend Sports: Volleyball’s win streak snapped at 23

By Kate Hall, For the Pitt News

October 29, 2018

Pitt’s football team found success Saturday but it was a tough Halloweekend for the University’s other sports, with the No. 5 volleyball team suffering its first loss of the season Sunday.

Weekend Sports: Volleyball notches two ACC wins to stay unbeaten

Weekend Sports: Volleyball notches two ACC wins to stay unbeaten

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

October 22, 2018

Pitt's volleyball team headlined the weekend with two record-breaking games for attendance, along with a fourth-set comeback win over No. 21 Louisville.

Panther Spotlight: Edward Kizza, Amaia Pena, Kayla Lund

Panther Spotlight: Edward Kizza, Amaia Pena, Kayla Lund

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

October 10, 2018

Panther athletes Edward Kizza, Amaia Pena and Kayla Lund are all having standout seasons on the field and on the court, leading their respective teams.

Pitt volleyball sweeps North Dakota for 18th straight win

Pitt volleyball sweeps North Dakota for 18th straight win

By Alex Lehmbeck, Staff Writer

October 10, 2018

The No. 6 Pitt volleyball team took care of business at home Tuesday night, sweeping North Dakota in straight sets to remain unbeaten.

Weekend Sports: Homecoming brings mixed results

Weekend Sports: Homecoming brings mixed results

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

October 8, 2018

In addition to the football team's big win Saturday, several other Pitt sports teams contributed quality performances over the weekend, most notably the volleyball and soccer teams.

Men’s soccer shuts out Columbia, 1-0

Men’s soccer shuts out Columbia, 1-0

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018

Sophomore defender Jose Luis Sena Arbona finally provided the Panthers with the deciding goal in the 78th minute, sealing a 1-0 victory over Columbia.

Weekend Sports: Pitt volleyball, softball continue dominance while soccer teams stumble

Weekend Sports: Pitt volleyball, softball continue dominance while soccer teams stumble

By Andrew Kelly, For the Pitt News

September 30, 2018

Volleyball and softball led the way for Pitt sports over the weekend, picking up two wins each. The Panthers’ soccer teams, meanwhile, didn’t fare so well.

Volleyball picks up the slack for Pitt sports over weekend

Volleyball picks up the slack for Pitt sports over weekend

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

September 24, 2018

While Pitt's soccer teams didn’t fare so well, volleyball picked up the slack by sweeping Virginia Tech for the Panthers' 13th straight win.

Volleyball sweeps Virginia in ACC opener

Volleyball sweeps Virginia in ACC opener

By Alex Lehmbeck, Staff Writer

September 20, 2018

The Panthers came into Wednesday night’s game riding a perfect 5-0 record in ACC openers, and extended that streak to six with a dominant 3-0 win over the Cavaliers.

Weekend recap: Volleyball, softball teams pick up two wins apiece

Weekend recap: Volleyball, softball teams pick up two wins apiece

By Griffin Floyd, For the Pitt News

September 16, 2018

Pitt’s sports teams represented the University well over the weekend, going a combined 4-1.

Weekend Recap: Volleyball stays unbeaten, men’s soccer falls in nail-biter

Weekend Recap: Volleyball stays unbeaten, men’s soccer falls in nail-biter

By Stephen Thompson, For the Pitt News

September 10, 2018

Panther teams faced off against a stacked lineup of nationally ranked teams in volleyball, soccer and cross country over the weekend, achieving mixed results.

Weekend Recap: Volleyball aces weekend games, remains undefeated

Weekend Recap: Volleyball aces weekend games, remains undefeated

By Nick Carlisano, For The Pitt News

September 4, 2018

The Panther's saw promise and defeat this weekend, as the volleyball, men and women's soccer, and cross country teams competed throughout the country. Through a tough tournament, the women's volleyball team remains undefeated.

Panther Spotlight: Kayla Lund, Edward Kizza, Anna Rico

Panther Spotlight: Kayla Lund, Edward Kizza, Anna Rico

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

August 28, 2018

Although the fall sports season is barely a week old, several Panthers have already begun to establish themselves as playmakers on their respective teams.

Panthers reminisce on time with Coach Aprile

Panthers reminisce on time with Coach Aprile

By Tessa Sayers, For The Pitt News

July 18, 2018

Head coach Holly Aprile announced her resignation from Pitt Softball on Sunday. The announcement comes after the softball team’s most successful season yet, which included the program’s first ACC Coastal Division title in its history.

Mike Bell named new Pitt baseball head coach

Mike Bell named new Pitt baseball head coach

By Hannah Schneider, Sports Editor

July 14, 2018

Former associate head coach at Florida State Mike Bell will take over as head coach of Pitt Baseball.

Softball coach Holly Aprile resigns

Softball coach Holly Aprile resigns

By Hannah Schneider, Sports Editor

July 14, 2018

– Aprile coached the Panthers softball team for 10 years. She will coach at Louisville, who the Panthers beat this year to win their first division championship.

Oregon State wins College World Series

Oregon State wins College World Series

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

July 11, 2018

Billy Buckner is a name that lives in infamy throughout the baseball world. Remembered for letting a ground ball pass right between his legs during the 1986 World Series, he cost the Boston Red Sox what would have been their first World Series Championship in 68 years. Instead, the New York Mets took...

Joe Jordano resigns as baseball coach

Joe Jordano resigns as baseball coach

By Hannah Schneider and Joanna Li

June 21, 2018

Joe Jordano resigned as head coach of Pitt’s baseball team Thursday night, according to a report from the Post-Gazette. An official announcement released by the University Friday afternoon confirmed his resignation. “I am honored to have had the opportunity to lead this program with integrity, pas...

5 Panthers drafted to MLB

5 Panthers drafted to MLB

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

June 20, 2018

After finishing the regular season as the 12th seed in the ACC Tournament, the Pitt men’s baseball team pulled off two incredible upsets against eighth-seeded Georgia Tech and top overall seed North Carolina. Although the Panthers would go on to lose in the semifinal to Louisville, it was a strong ...

2 Panthers drafted into MLB

2 Panthers drafted into MLB

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

June 7, 2018

Two Panthers were selected into the MLB on the second day of the 2018 draft, marking the sixth year in a row that Pitt has had at least one player picked to join the league. RJ Freure The Houston Astros drafted Pitt rising junior relief pitcher RJ Freure in the sixth round with the 192nd pick of the...

Pitt swimming and diving signs 12 new athletes

Pitt swimming and diving signs 12 new athletes

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

June 2, 2018

Pitt’s swimming and diving program announced 12 new additions to the upcoming 2018-19 season on Friday. These dozen athletes join the seven other members of the Class of 2018, announced last November. “We believe that each of these kids has the potential to leave Pitt as an accomplished student and a phenomenal athlete,” Pitt head coach John Hargis sai...

Pitt baseball falls to Louisville in ACC semifinal

Pitt baseball falls to Louisville in ACC semifinal

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

May 26, 2018

While it was an exciting run, all good things must end —  and that’s what happened for the Pitt baseball team Saturday afternoon when a 5-2 loss to the No. 5 Louisville Cardinals put an end to the No. 12 Panthers’ ACC Baseball Championship bid in the semifinal round in Durham, North Carolina. A...

Pitt Softball loses ACC Championship game

Pitt Softball loses ACC Championship game

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

May 16, 2018

The Panthers softball team finished its most successful season yet with a 33-18-1 record, earning head coach Holly Aprile the ACC Coach of the Year honor. With two victories over Louisville earlier this month, the Panthers ended the season as ACC Coastal Champions for the first time in school history — and...

Softball team secures first ACC championship in program history

Softball team secures first ACC championship in program history

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

May 5, 2018

The Pitt softball team earned a crucial 9-8 victory over Louisville Friday afternoon to clinch first place in the ACC Coastal Division — marking the team’s first division championship in its 20-year history. The Panthers then took a victory lap on Saturday with a 10-2 win in their second game against...

Lyke Plans to “Flip the Pete”

Lyke Plans to “Flip the Pete”

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

April 25, 2018

Athletic Director Heather Lyke wants to “flip” the basketball court at the Petersen Events Center. She announced that the Athletic Department will be changing the layout of the court at a media roundtable discussion at the Pete Wednesday morning. According to Lyke, when Pitt built the eve...

Q&A: Expert gives tips to stay fit for finals

Q&A: Expert gives tips to stay fit for finals

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

April 23, 2018

Students hardly have time to work out during the semester, but finding time for physical activity becomes even more of a hassle when finals roll around. Putting time in to study for finals may take precedent this week, but there are plenty of benefits to finding a way to work in a quick run or worko...

Weekend recap: Panthers break records, keep winning on track and field

Weekend recap: Panthers break records, keep winning on track and field

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

April 23, 2018

The Panthers come out of this weekend with records set on the track and with both the baseball and softball teams continuing their winning ways on the diamond. As students fight through finals this week, the Panthers are sprinting through the finish line. Baseball Pitt went 2-1 this weekend against Miami, moving th...

Panthers put out Golden Flashes, 6-4

Panthers put out Golden Flashes, 6-4

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

April 19, 2018

Pitt softball moved to within two games of first place in the ACC coastal division after winning their second game in a row, 6-4, against the Kent State Golden Flashes Wednesday. Coming off a series win against Georgia Tech, the Panthers (23-16-1) looked to remain on track on what’s been a somewh...

Golden Flashes blind Panthers, 2-0

Golden Flashes blind Panthers, 2-0

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

April 19, 2018

After winning a huge series against Georgia Tech this past weekend, Pitt baseball looked to stay hot and get revenge on nonconference opponent Kent State. In the second of two matchups between the two clubs this season, Pitt failed to get a runner across home, losing 2-0. The Panthers (19-15) suffered a shutout loss...

Weekend sports: Track tabs top-10s, tennis trips up

Weekend sports: Track tabs top-10s, tennis trips up

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

April 15, 2018

This past weekend for Pitt Athletics looked like a repeat of the one before it. Track athletes again set personal bests and nabbed top finishes as softball and baseball each won two of three and tennis continued to struggle. Baseball Like tennis and softball, the baseball team also hosted Georg...

Mountaineers maul Panthers, 12-1

Mountaineers maul Panthers, 12-1

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

April 12, 2018

Pitt’s bats fell silent on Wednesday as they were unable to score more than one run for the third straight game, losing 12-1 to the West Virginia Mountaineers in Morgantown. West Virginia’s (15-15) offense found life against Pitt (17-13) in the 195th Backyard Brawl and handed the second straigh...

Kent State clobbers Pitt, 4-1

Kent State clobbers Pitt, 4-1

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

April 10, 2018

After falling behind early in the game, the Pitt baseball team was unable to catch up to Kent State, ultimately falling 4-1 to the Golden Flashes Tuesday. The Panthers (17-12 overall, 6-9 ACC) lost to the Golden Flashes (18-10, MAC) in an out-of-conference matchup at the Charles L. Cost Field. ...

Pitt gymnastics sets the bar with record-breaking season

Pitt gymnastics sets the bar with record-breaking season

By Jon Shaiken | Staff Writer

April 10, 2018

Looking back on Pitt’s season, it is hard not to be impressed with the progress the gymnastics team has made under first-year head coach Samantha Snider. Despite finishing at a meager 7-18, new program records and history-making performances defined the Panthers’ season. The Panthers closed out their 2018 season Ap...

Panther Spotlight: Liam Sabino, Kayla Harris, Claudia Bartolome

Panther Spotlight: Liam Sabino, Kayla Harris, Claudia Bartolome

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

April 10, 2018

Conference play is well underway for spring sports, with some Pitt teams performing much better than others. As regular seasons come to a close, here are some standout athletes of the last few weeks. Liam Sabino After dropping its  first three series in ACC play against Virginia Tech, North Ca...

Weekend sports: Softball causes upset, gymnastics competes at regionals

Weekend sports: Softball causes upset, gymnastics competes at regionals

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

April 8, 2018

Though some students may be struggling with the stresses that the end of the semester brings, Pitt athletes weren’t cracking under the pressure over the weekend. Track athletes continue to set personal bests, the baseball team improved on their impressive win percentage and the softball team registere...

Gymnastics competes at NCAA regional competition

Gymnastics competes at NCAA regional competition

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

April 8, 2018

The Pitt gymnastics team competed in the NCAA Regional Championship in the St. John Arena at Ohio State University Saturday, placing fifth overall out of six teams and finishing with a score of 195.125. This season — Samantha Snider’s first year as head coach — was the first time since 2013 ...

Q&A: Desiree Garland gets gold for Pitt

Q&A: Desiree Garland gets gold for Pitt

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

April 6, 2018

Senior Desiree Garland never intended to become a collegiate sprinter — she began her high school career as a jumper. But after she finished with the best 400-meter time in replacement of a missing teammate at one high school meet, Garland’s path as a sprinter was set. She claimed Pitt’s fi...

Randy Waldrum brings change, experience to Pitt women’s soccer

Randy Waldrum brings change, experience to Pitt women’s soccer

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

April 3, 2018

For a team that won just three games last year, hiring one of the most successful women’s soccer coaches in the country might seem unlikely. But that’s just what athletic director Heather Lyke announced in December with the hiring of Randy Waldrum to lead the struggling program. Waldrum has been coaching soccer for the last 30 years. He comes to Pitt as one of the winningest head coaches ...

Cultures come together on Pitt’s tennis team

Cultures come together on Pitt’s tennis team

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

April 3, 2018

A quick glance at the men’s top 10 world tennis rankings reveals that no two players share the same country of origin. The same can be said for the top eight women in the world — an unusual trend considering certain nations tend to specialize and often dominate in other sports. A microcosm of...

Panthers baseball pounces on Penguins, 9-5

Panthers baseball pounces on Penguins, 9-5

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

April 3, 2018

Pitt baseball snagged their third victory in a row this season with a 9-5 win over Youngstown State Tuesday night. The softball team was also set to take on Penn State the same evening, but the game was canceled due to rain. The Panthers (15-10, 4-8 ACC) swapped runs with the Penguins (8-18, 6-3 Horizon) th...

Pitt cheerleaders and dance team showcase skills before heading to championships

Pitt cheerleaders and dance team showcase skills before heading to championships

By Marissa Perino | Staff Writer

April 3, 2018

On quiet upper campus yesterday evening, an eager crowd gathered to support the Pitt cheerleaders and Dance Team. Under the bright lights of the Petersen Events Center, the teams showcased their polished routines, which will debut at the National Cheer Association and National Dance Association Colleg...

Weekend sports: Panthers split across the states

Weekend sports: Panthers split across the states

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

April 1, 2018

The Panthers’ track and field team found both faltered and found success from coast to coast during the weekend while Pitt baseball, softball and tennis stayed home for conference matchups. Track and Field The Pitt track and field team had a jam-packed weekend, with athletes competing in fou...

Panthers fall flat on the track in Texas

Panthers fall flat on the track in Texas

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

March 30, 2018

In the scorching Texas heat, five Pittsburgh track athletes competed in the annual Texas Relays — the second biggest relays in the country — at the University of Texas at Austin. The Panthers sent four women — seniors Morgan Harvey, Quadaisha Newkirk and Lalia Ismail and first year Breanna Phil...

Softball falls to Ohio, 6-1

Softball falls to Ohio, 6-1

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

March 27, 2018

Pitt softball (17-12-1) traveled to Athens Wednesday to take on Ohio University (15-12) in a non conference matchup. Pitt baseball was scheduled to take on West Virginia University in the 156th Backyard Brawl in Morgantown, but the game was canceled due to rain. In Ohio, the Bobcats shut down the P...

Weekend sports: Panthers provide weak performances

Weekend sports: Panthers provide weak performances

By Jon Shaiken | Staff Writer

March 26, 2018

Basketball season may be officially over for Pitt, but it was still a packed weekend for athletics, as four teams took the stage with varied results. Gymnastics saw strong individual performances once again and softball swept their series. Baseball had a mixed bag against a ranked Duke, and tenn...

Weekend recap: Pitt track leads the way in disappointing weekend

Weekend recap: Pitt track leads the way in disappointing weekend

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

March 19, 2018

It was an up-and-down weekend for Pitt athletics, as some Panthers were at the hands of crushing defeat, while others found themselves above all the rest. Although baseball and women’s tennis struggled and gymnastics came up just short, softball and track and field both found success in North Carolina...

Swimming and diving seniors sent off at championships

Swimming and diving seniors sent off at championships

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

March 19, 2018

The Pitt swimming and diving team said goodbye to some of its most accomplished female divers in program history at the NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships in Columbus, Ohio, this past weekend. The Panthers had four athletes compete across seven events, with two earning top-25 finishes...

Panthers tap out early at NCAA championships

Panthers tap out early at NCAA championships

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

March 18, 2018

The NCAA Wrestling Championships took place this past weekend at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Pitt was represented by senior Dom Forys, redshirt sophomore Taleb Rahmani and redshirt seniors Nick Zanetta and Ryan Solomon. Forys and Rahmani provided the only highlights of the Panthers’ tournament...

Panther Spotlight: Giorgiona Zeremenko, Matt Pidich, Lydia Rosenthall, Dom Forys

Panther Spotlight: Giorgiona Zeremenko, Matt Pidich, Lydia Rosenthall, Dom Forys

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

March 15, 2018

While the Pitt swimming and wrestling teams send their top individuals to compete at end-of-season tournaments, the baseball and softball squads are just beginning to get into the swing of things. Here are some of the Panthers’ top performers during the transition from winter to spring sports. Gio...

Touching base with the Panthers after break

Touching base with the Panthers after break

By Max Sirianni | Staff Writer

March 13, 2018

Spring break was anything but for the Pitt baseball and softball teams, as both found themselves involved in heated competition over the past week. Both teams found mixed results, the baseball team earning its first conference win of the season and the softball team ending break with a three-game losing ...

Panthers stay busy on break

Panthers stay busy on break

By Jon Shaken | Staff Writer

March 13, 2018

While students fled to warm weather and sandy beaches over break, Pitt sports had a busy week. The women’s diving team saw members qualify for nationals, but gymnastics fell short despite a solid performance. Tennis had mixed results and is still seeking the team’s first ACC win, even with near p...

Few bright spots for Panthers in cloudy sports weekend

Few bright spots for Panthers in cloudy sports weekend

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

February 26, 2018

As winter sports athletes are attempting to close out their seasons, the spring sports are just getting started. And while some members of the track and field team set personal bests and both baseball and softball hit the diamond with winning weekends, both Panthers basketball squads and the tennis ...

Pitt runners compete, set personal bests at ACC Indoor Championships

Pitt runners compete, set personal bests at ACC Indoor Championships

By Jon Shaiken | Staff Writer

February 25, 2018

Though some Pitt runners brought home personal bests from the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend in Clemson, South Carolina, the men’s and women’s teams both struggled overall. Senior Desiree Garland made program history Saturday, earning Pitt’s first-ever ACC women’s in...

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