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Pitt women’s soccer finishes Colorado road trip on high note with overtime win

Pitt women’s soccer finishes Colorado road trip on high note with overtime win

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

August 31, 2015


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After 90 minutes of fruitless offense, Ashley Moreira decided it was time for the Panthers to go home. The sophomore Pitt midfielder netted the game-winning goal just five minutes into overtime, sending the Panthers out of Colorado and back to Pittsburgh with a win over Colorado College on Sunday....

Clean sheet: Men’s soccer defense shines over weekend in interstate matchups

Clean sheet: Men’s soccer defense shines over weekend in interstate matchups

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

August 31, 2015


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Two games, two shutouts. That’s how the Pitt Panthers men’s soccer team began its regular season this past weekend during an eastern Pennsylvania road trip against Lafayette and Lehigh. The Panthers defeated the Lehigh Mountain Hawks 3-0 Sunday afternoon. Senior midfielder Patrick Dixon had two goals an...

Pitt volleyball’s strong schedule, conference paves tough road to tournament

Pitt volleyball’s strong schedule, conference paves tough road to tournament

By Brandon Duerr / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


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Meeting expectations is never easy. But to do so, the Pitt women’s volleyball team will have to overcome a difficult schedule and roster turnover in its upcoming season. The Panthers are coming off a stellar year both overall and in their second season in the ACC.The season saw the team reel off an...

Pitt wrestling seeks revival following a disappointing season

Pitt wrestling seeks revival following a disappointing season

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

August 30, 2015


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Pitt assistant wrestling coach Drew Headlee recognizes that last season was a major disappointment — especially by the team’s self-created standards. “Anyone not standing on that championship podium would say last season was a letdown,” Headlee said of the team’s 8-8 campaign in 2014. “They...

After two futile seasons, Pitt men’s soccer still looking for first ACC victory

After two futile seasons, Pitt men’s soccer still looking for first ACC victory

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


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Every loss takes a toll. Unfortunately for the Pitt men’s soccer team, it’s seen more than its fair share since moving to the ACC two seasons ago, going home winless in all 19 of its in-conference games since the switch. In his 32nd season with Pitt, head coach Joe Luxbacher knows that the path t...

Pitt softball stays hungry for next year after first NCAA berth

Pitt softball stays hungry for next year after first NCAA berth

By Jessica Boddy / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


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The previous record-setting season for Pitt’s softball squad will be a tough one to follow, but the Panthers are ready. Just ask one of the keys to Pitt’s surprise run, Maggie Sevilla. “It was a lot of fun and a great send-off for the seniors, and great for the younger players to get a taste ...

Pitt baseball aims to learn from mental mistakes in new season

Pitt baseball aims to learn from mental mistakes in new season

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

August 30, 2015


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Yogi Berra, that old master of the befuddling — but truthful — phrase, once said “baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical.” For Pitt baseball, nothing could sum up the key to the upcoming season better. Competing in the ACC has been hard for Pitt since its transition two years ag...

Yarnall, Mersing highlight slate of Pitt baseball players in summer leagues

Yarnall, Mersing highlight slate of Pitt baseball players in summer leagues

By Joe Rokicki / For the Pitt News

August 30, 2015


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Sometimes, hitting can be contagious — Pitt first baseman Nick Yarnall hopes for his bat to catch fire with his offseason work this summer. Yarnall, who started 24 games for the Panthers last season, batting .330 with 29 hits, four home runs and 15 RBI in 88 at-bats, is playing left field, first...

Ultimate challenge

Ultimate challenge

By Courtesy of Pitt Ultimate's Facebook page.

July 7, 2015


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Marcus Ranii-Dropcho is looking forward to his first Championships appearance.

National treasure: Quartet of Pitt Ultimate players headed to London for Championships

National treasure: Quartet of Pitt Ultimate players headed to London for Championships

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

July 7, 2015


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Despite all the success that members of Pitt’s Ultimate team — entitled “En Sabah Nur” — have achieved, including winning two consecutive national championships, a quartet of them have their eyes set on something bigger.Trent Dillon, Tyler Kunsa, Marcus Ranii-Dropcho and Max Thorne are among...

New in town

New in town

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

June 30, 2015


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Scott Barnes overlooks his new stomping grounds as Pitt's athletic director.

Ace in waiting

Ace in waiting

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

June 23, 2015


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Pitt junior pitcher TJ Zeuch will be relied upon heavily 

Promising T.J. Zeuch appears poised to be Panthers’ ace next season

Promising T.J. Zeuch appears poised to be Panthers’ ace next season

By Joe Rokicki / For The Pitt News

June 23, 2015


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Each time a pitcher takes the mound, he’s tasked with creating a masterpiece — hurlers must paint the corners and brush back players. The strike zone is an easel.Pitt’s baseball team has an artist of its own in rising junior pitcher T.J. Zeuch. Accuracy, precision and velocity are each components of the fu...

June 24 News and Notes: Catching up on Pitt sports from the past week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

June 23, 2015


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TRIO OF PICKUPS: This week, three members of the 2016 recruiting class announced verbal commitments to the Pitt football program.Central Catholic defensive back Bricen Garner, Bedford, Ohio running back Chawntez Moss and Lafayette, Va. linebacker Chase Pine alldeclared their intention to commit to Pat N...

Three Panthers selected in 2015 MLB draft

Three Panthers selected in 2015 MLB draft

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

June 10, 2015


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For the third straight year, the MLB Draft has put three Panthers on the road to the bigs.In the 28th round of the MLB Draft on June 10, the Oakland Athletics drafted junior starting pitcher Marc Berube. In the 31st round, the New York Yankees selected senior relief pitcher Hobie Harris. Finally, in the ...

A jump above

A jump above

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

June 2, 2015


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Ron Sherman fields a play at third baseman.

Summer Surveys: Ron Sherman

Summer Surveys: Ron Sherman

By Jessica Boddy / Staff Writer

June 2, 2015


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With Summer Surveys, The Pitt News hopes to better familiarize the Pitt community with some top Panther athletes. In this installment, we got to know Pitt baseball senior infielder Ron Sherman. What’s a goal you have for the summer?To learn how to play the piano. I’ve always loved instruments, so it’s t...

Wrestle-mania

Wrestle-mania

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

May 28, 2015


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Pitt wrestling had another strong season in 2015, further establishing themselves as ACC contenders.

Looking back: a topsy-turvy year in Pitt Athletics

Looking back: a topsy-turvy year in Pitt Athletics

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

May 28, 2015


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Everybody wants to brag about their school.Maybe it’s just human nature to want your friends to know that your school’s sports teams are better than theirs. Regardless, you better make sure that if you’re going to brag about Pitt athletics, you know what you’re talking about.That being said, le...

Summer Surveys: Shelby Pickett

Summer Surveys: Shelby Pickett

By Jesssica Boddy / Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


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With Summer Surveys, The Pitt News hopes to better familiarize the Pitt community with some top Panther athletes. In this installment, we got to know Pitt softball rising senior infielder Shelby Pickett.1. Who’s your favorite athlete? Andrew McCLUTCHen (McCutchen, but that’s what I call him!)2. D...

Zeuch! There It Is!

Zeuch! There It Is!

By Heather Tennant / Senior Staff Photographer

May 26, 2015


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T.J. Zeuch's progression entering next season will be a key for Pitt's ability to compete in the ACC.

Pitt baseball needs added consistency to compete in loaded ACC

Pitt baseball needs added consistency to compete in loaded ACC

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

May 26, 2015


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Joining a new athletic conference is never easy. Pitt head baseball coach Joe Jordano is learning that firsthand.Since Pitt hired him in 1998, Jordano led Pitt to nine Big East tournaments, including five straight from 2009-2013, and became the winningest coach in Pitt baseball history. Under Jordano, the te...

Beast Mod-ic

Beast Mod-ic

By Meghan Sunners / Senior Staff Photographer

May 19, 2015


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Jenna Modic had a big weekend, highlighted by a grand slam against Cal.

Pitt softball dream season ends despite successful weekend slate

Pitt softball dream season ends despite successful weekend slate

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

May 19, 2015


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After a defining season, in which the Pitt softball team set a program high for wins, the Panthers were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament Regional round this weekend. The team went 2-2 overall in its slate of games in Ann Arbor, Mich., from Friday to Sunday. FRIDAY, MAY 15: CALIFORNIA 11, PITT 3Pitt...

Lucky 13

Lucky 13

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

May 19, 2015


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Jacob Wright excelled in the lead-off spot this year for Pitt.

Pitt ends down season on high note with series win against Virginia Tech

Pitt ends down season on high note with series win against Virginia Tech

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

May 19, 2015


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Sitting at 18-31, all Pitt baseball had to play for was pride.With a weekend series win against Virginia Tech (27-26, 13-16 ACC), they accomplished that goal.Out of contention for the ACC tournament with a 9-20 conference record, the Panthers played well against a team fighting for their own tourney ...

Modic grand slam propels Pitt one step closer to Super Regionals

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

May 16, 2015


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Despite a loss in its first contest of the 2015 NCAA Tournament, the Pitt softball team survived on Saturday, winning its two Sunday games to remain in play for a Super Regional berth.The Panthers could not afford a misstep in either game following their loss to Cal on Friday, as the Regional round is double...

Pitt softball drops tournament opener to California

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

May 16, 2015


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An early lead doesn’t always mean success. Though Pitt struck first in their first game of the NCAA Tournament yesterday, the University of California, Berkeley Golden Bears responded immediately, sealing a mercy rule loss in Ann Arbor, Mich. After first pitch at 3:30, Pitt scored two runs in the top of th...

King Slayer

King Slayer

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

May 12, 2015


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Senior pitcher Savannah King will take the mound for Pitt in their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance

After big ACC Tournament, softball earns first-ever NCAA bid

After big ACC Tournament, softball earns first-ever NCAA bid

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

May 12, 2015


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For the first time in program history, the Pitt softball team is going dancing.Following a surprising run to the ACC Tournament Championship, the Panthers learned Sunday evening that they earned the school’s first-ever selection to the NCAA Tournament.Pitt will open up tournament play in the regiona...

Pitt baseball loses two of three to Yellow Jackets in Atlanta

By Stephen Caruso / Staff Writer

May 12, 2015


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Georgia Tech struck early and often last weekend, setting up Pitt baseball’s third consecutive conference series loss, as it lost two of three games in Atlanta.Starting pitching, or a lack thereof, served as foreshadowing for each game’s winner. Only in games where their starter pitched more th...

Pickett up the slack

Pickett up the slack

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

May 9, 2015


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Shelby Pickett secured two double plays in the ACC Championship loss to Florida State.

Pitt softball falls to Florida State late in ACC Championship

Pitt softball falls to Florida State late in ACC Championship

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

May 9, 2015


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After a surprising surge to the ACC Tournament Championship game, the Pitt softball team fell in the final game, losing to the top seeded Florida State Seminoles 6-2.Florida State, the 10th ranked team in the nation, jumped out to a quick lead against Panther ace Savannah King, scoring unanswered runs in the first...

Pitt softball knocks off UNC for shot at ACC championship

Pitt softball knocks off UNC for shot at ACC championship

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

May 8, 2015


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The difference one year makes. After failing to make the ACC tournament last year, Pitt’s softball team is headed to this year’s tournament championship game. With a 4-0 win over the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill,No. 6 seed Pitt will play No. 1 seed and No. 8 overall Florida State in the champi...

Tyler Wilps

Tyler Wilps

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

April 14, 2015


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Tyler Wilps faces his West Virginia opponent.

Max Thomusseit

Max Thomusseit

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

April 14, 2015


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Max Thomusseit goes for a takedown.

Wilps, Thomusseit look back on prolific Pitt careers

Wilps, Thomusseit look back on prolific Pitt careers

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

April 14, 2015


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When Max Thomusseit and Tyler Wilps joined Pitt’s wrestling team, each was joining forces with an older brother. But by end of their careers, they would be like brothers themselves.The pair of redshirt seniors will leave behind countless hours of blood and sweat, handfuls of accolades and their home for the last f...

Mersing’s pitching gem wasted in 1-0 loss

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

April 14, 2015


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Sophomore Sam Mersing's masterful pitching performance was not enough as Pitt's baseball team lost to Kent State on Tuesday, 1-0.Mersing did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the seventh inning, when Kent State's sophomore Conner Simonetti hit a home run to break the scoreless tie and put t...

Firepower

Firepower

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

April 12, 2015


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McKayla Taylor hit four home runs over the weekend against Syracuse, driving in 17 runs.

Panthers trounce Orange in record-setting weekend

Panthers trounce Orange in record-setting weekend

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

April 12, 2015


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Anybody looking at the box score from one of Pitt and Syracuse’s Saturday games might have thought the teams played a surprise game of spring football, as Pitt won 22-7.But the sport in question was softball, as the Panthers (29-14, 9-9 ACC) used an offensive surge to sweep the weekend road series from t...

Ace on the hill

Ace on the hill

By Nate Smith / Senior Staff Photographer

April 12, 2015


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T.J. Zeuch struck out seven in a complete game win Friday against Wake Forest.

T.J. Zeuch gem sparks 2-1 series win against Wake Forest

T.J. Zeuch gem sparks 2-1 series win against Wake Forest

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

April 12, 2015


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Following a game in which he set career worsts in earned runs and hits, Pitt sophomore pitcher T.J. Zeuch needed confidence.“After the last two weeks, any pitcher [is] going to have his confidence shaken,” said Zeuch, who went 0-2 with a 12.00 ERA and 2.56 WHIP in his last two starts.Carrying a thr...

Panthers win defensive struggle against Kent State

By Jessica Boddy / Staff Writer

April 8, 2015


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The Pitt softball team didn’t let an afternoon downpour affect its game on Wednesday, and it weathered the storm to score just enough to beat the Kent State Golden Flashes.Both teams exhibited stellar defense during the 3 p.m. matchup, as Pitt (26-14, 6-9 ACC) defeated Kent State 1-0 at Vartabedia...

The Stopper

The Stopper

By Emily Klenk / Staff Photographer

April 8, 2015


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Sam Mersing's strong six innings helped end Pitt's seven game losing streak.

Pitt’s offensive explosion snaps losing streak

Pitt’s offensive explosion snaps losing streak

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

April 8, 2015


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Pitt’s baseball game against the Youngstown State Penguins happened at the perfect time. The team’s last win came on March 25 against the Penguins, and it had not won since — until the teams played again on Tuesday.The Panthers (12-19, 4-11 ACC) snapped their seven-game losing streak with a co...

Baseball

Baseball

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

April 7, 2015


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Pitt managed only five runs in its three-game weekend series against Notre Dame.

Three keys to Pitt baseball’s upcoming games

Three keys to Pitt baseball’s upcoming games

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

April 7, 2015


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Impending rain on Tuesday ensured that Pitt’s baseball homestand will extend unimpeded through the weekend.The Panthers (11-19, 4-11 ACC) would have traveled to Akron for the teams’ second matchup of the year, but instead will play their next game at home on Wednesday against Youngstown State.The ...

King of the hill

King of the hill

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

April 5, 2015


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Savannah King has pitched to a 0.64 ERA in the ACC Tournament, bringing Pitt to the cusp of its first conference title.

King’s solid performance does not salvage series

King’s solid performance does not salvage series

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

April 5, 2015


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After starting the season with startling success, the once-predatory Panther softball team has become the prey.The team’s struggles continued on Saturday when Pitt fell to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Pittsburgh by a score of 3-2, marking its seventh loss in the last eight contests.The Panthers (25...

Bright spot

Bright spot

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

April 5, 2015


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Jordan Frabisilio hit a consolation home run in Pitt's 8-1 loss on Saturday.

Panthers’ offense disappears in three weekend losses

Panthers’ offense disappears in three weekend losses

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

April 5, 2015


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While some children spent their Easter weekend searching for hidden eggs, Pitt’s baseball team spent the weekend searching for its offense.Behind two stellar pitching efforts from visiting Notre Dame, the Panthers (11-19, 4-11 ACC) suffered a weekend sweep to the Fighting Irish. The Panthers have now lost s...

Tyler Wilps

Tyler Wilps

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

April 1, 2015


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Tyler Wilps lost on a late controversial call at the end of the 174-pound finals.

Wilps recounts controversial championship finish

Wilps recounts controversial championship finish

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

April 1, 2015


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Less than six inches separated Tyler Wilps from the top spot of the podium at the NCAA Wrestling Championships on March 21.Wilps, a redshirt senior, only needed to position his hands about six inches further apart on his opponent to secure a national championship. Instead, he fell to Penn State’s Mat...

Baseball

Baseball

By Emily Klenk / Staff Photographer

April 1, 2015


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Pitcher Sam Mersing throws the ball to the plate.

Baseball

Baseball

By Emily Klenk / Staff Photographer

April 1, 2015


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Pitcher Sam Mersing throws the ball to the plate.

Stranded runners doom Pitt in loss to West Virginia

Stranded runners doom Pitt in loss to West Virginia

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

April 1, 2015


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Pitt and West Virginia’s backyard brawl continued on the baseball diamond Tuesday night, but the Panthers struggled offensively in the game.A strong effort from junior Mountaineer pitcher Jeff Hardy helped defeat the Panthers (11-16, 4-8 ACC) at Charles L. Cost Field, as West Virginia won 4-1.Hardy t...

Sun sets on Pitt’s playoff push: A story of sports cliches

By Chris Puzia and Stephen Caruso / The Pitt News staff

April 1, 2015


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Editor's note: This story is satirical. Pitt looks to bounce back after a tough road loss in unfamiliar waters. The Panthers quickly found themselves up the creek without a paddle after the defense stood tall against an anemic Pitt offense.After a hard-fought battle, Pitt lost to Notre Dame on the ro...

Going soft

Going soft

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

March 26, 2015


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Shelby Pickett leads Pitt in with a .422 batting average this season.

Pitt baseball, softball each face crucial series this weekend

Pitt baseball, softball each face crucial series this weekend

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 26, 2015


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Pitt’s softball team’s five-game homestand came to an early end when Wednesday’s doubleheader against St. Bonaventure was canceled because of rain. Next, the team travels to Tallahassee for a weekend series against Florida State.The baseball team will also begin a weekend road series, as it tr...

Staff Ace

Staff Ace

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

March 24, 2015


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Savannah King has dominated for the Panthers this season.

Baseball, softball gear up for midweek action

Baseball, softball gear up for midweek action

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 24, 2015


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Wednesday marks a busy day on the diamond. Both Pitt’s baseball and softball teams have non-conference games before gearing up for their customary weekend series.The baseball team (10-12, 4-5 ACC) travels to Youngstown State University for a one-game series, with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m. The ...

Stalled

Stalled

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

March 22, 2015


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Tyler Wilps received a late stalling penalty against Matt Brown of Penn State on Saturday.

Wilps loses national championship on last-second miscues

Wilps loses national championship on last-second miscues

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 22, 2015


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The last 10 seconds of Tyler Wilps’ wrestling career might have been his most memorable ­— and his most heartbreaking.The redshirt senior, who had wrestled his way to the 174-pound national championship bout on Saturday night against Penn State’s No. 2 Matt Brown, finished as runner-up in a controve...

Late heroics

Late heroics

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

March 22, 2015


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Giorgiana Zeremenko hit the game-winning home run against North Carolina State.

Walk off shot lifts Pitt over North Carolina State

Walk off shot lifts Pitt over North Carolina State

By Jessica Boddy / Staff Writer

March 22, 2015


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Despite facing a deep 8-3 seventh-inning deficit, freshman Giorgiana Zeremenko and the rest of Pitt’s softball team kept calm.In the second matchup of the day at Vartabedian Field on Saturday, the efforts of senior outfielder Carly Thea, junior outfielder Ashlee Sills and freshman infielder McKayla Ta...

Heating up

Heating up

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

March 19, 2015


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The Pitt baseball team hopes to remain hot in ACC play during their weekend series at Duke.

Wrestlers make final push as baseball, softball enter crunch time

Wrestlers make final push as baseball, softball enter crunch time

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

March 19, 2015


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Baseball Pitt heads into its next ACC series with some momentum, coming off a series win against the then-No. 11 North Carolina Tar Heels as well as taking one of three from the No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers. The Panthers (9-10, 3-3 ACC) will travel south to Durham, N.C., to take on the Duke Blue Devils (...

Going yard

Going yard

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

March 18, 2015


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First baseman Eric Hess hit a home run on Tuesday.

Panthers win slugfest in last game of homestand

Panthers win slugfest in last game of homestand

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

March 18, 2015


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After grabbing his 500th win as manager of the Pitt baseball team with a 13-7 victory over Akron, it’s hard for Joe Jordano not to look back on his tenure fondly. “It puts you in a position to a reflect a little bit,” Jordano said. “This is my 18th year here. I’ve had some great coaches, ...

Extra inning win highlights series victory over No. 11 North Carolina

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

March 15, 2015


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Pitt’s baseball team re-entered conference play to take two out of three games against perennial ACC contender No. 11 North Carolina over the weekend.The Panthers entered the series after sweeping a two-game set against Niagara in their first home games of the year on Tuesday and Wednesday.The series op...

Pitt steals a win from No. 1 Virginia in weekend series

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

March 8, 2015


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Despite facing the top-ranked team in the country, Pitt baseball held its own against Virginia in Charlottesville.The Panthers secured a monumental upset on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader, as they took down the No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers 1-0. Pitt’s ace T.J. Zeuch made his first conferenc...

Litany of Pitt teams hope to return to winning ways this weekend

Litany of Pitt teams hope to return to winning ways this weekend

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 5, 2015


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Several Pitt teams are looking toward this weekend as a chance to catch fire and end some recent disappointing runs.The men’s basketball team enters Saturday’s game on a two-game losing streak, the baseball team had a losing record in each of its three weekend series so far and Pitt’s wrestling team ...

Acting athletic director talks replacement, future plans

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 25, 2015


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By the time Pitt students take their final exams this semester, they may have a new athletic director.Dr. Randy Juhl, Pitt’s vice chancellor for research conduct and compliance, has served as acting athletic director since former athletic director Steve Pederson and Pitt mutually agreed to part ways on ...

Pitt swimmers

Pitt swimmers

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

February 25, 2015


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Pitt will compete in the ACC Championships from Wednesday-Saturday.

Pitt swimmers and divers prepare for Georgia championships

Pitt swimmers and divers prepare for Georgia championships

By Brandon Duerr / Staff Writer

February 25, 2015


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Dominic Giordano knew before his dive on Saturday that his win depended on nearly perfect form.His back 1 1/2 somersault and 3 1/2 twist earned him 97.35 points out of a possible 99 and ensured that he grabbed the top spot, and in the process, the sophomore diver won his and Pitt’s first ACC diving titl...

Backyard Brawl

Backyard Brawl

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

February 22, 2015


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Troy Reaghard lost his bout after moving up two weight classes on Sunday.

Backyard wrestling: West Virginia tops Pitt in latest Backyard Brawl

Backyard wrestling: West Virginia tops Pitt in latest Backyard Brawl

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

February 22, 2015


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The West Virginia wrestling team traveled only 77 miles from Morgantown to Pittsburgh to add on to a disappointing season for the Pitt wrestling team.After falling to the No. 15 Michigan Wolverines earlier in the weekend, the Panthers (8-8, 2-3 ACC) closed out their dual season with a 24-14 loss to th...

Pitt drops two more in slow start

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

February 22, 2015


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In its second weekend of play, Pitt’s baseball team lost two out of three games in the Wofford-USC Upstate Tournament to drop its record to 2-4 on the year.The Panthers had an inconsistent offensive display for the second straight weekend, scoring 10 runs in their lone win against the University of Sout...

Pitt drops two of three in season opener

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

February 15, 2015


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Pitt’s pent-up energy to start its 2015 baseball season quickly fizzled out during its opening weekend.After an offensive outburst to begin the weekend, Pitt baseball was shut out in its last two games at the Snowbirds Classic in Florida.The Panthers opened their season on Friday with an 18-1 win ...

Brycen Spratling

Brycen Spratling

By Pitt Athletics

February 15, 2015


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Brycen Spratling set a 500 meter indoor world record on Saturday.

Former Pitt runner sets world record

Former Pitt runner sets world record

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

February 15, 2015


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A former Pitt track athlete is now a world record holder.Brycen Spratling, who finished his senior season last spring, set a new standard in the indoor 500-meter event of 1:00.06 while competing at the Millrose Games in New York City on Saturday.As the only unsponsored athlete in his event, Spratling defea...

Morgan Harvey

Morgan Harvey

By Photo courtesy of Morgan Harvey

February 12, 2015


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Morgan Harvey with her parents at a high school track meet.

Off and running: After scholarship turmoil at Tennessee, Morgan Harvey finds refuge at Pitt

Off and running: After scholarship turmoil at Tennessee, Morgan Harvey finds refuge at Pitt

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 12, 2015


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When Morgan Harvey walked into her track and field coach’s office at the University of Tennessee, she didn’t expect to leave the room without an athletic scholarship.Yet, the tissues that head coach Beth Alford-Sullivan laid on a table warned her that this wasn’t a standard player-coach meeting....

Pitt announces athletic director search committee

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 10, 2015


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Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher has appointed a 14-member search committee to recommend candidates to become the school’s next athletic director, according to a release on Tuesday.Dr. Randy Juhl, Pitt’s vice chancellor and current acting athletic director, will chair the committee. Pitt also brough...

Zeuch! There it is.

Zeuch! There it is.

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photgrapher

February 9, 2015


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Sophomore pitcher TJ Zeuch will be counted on heavily in the 2015 season for the Panthers.

Play ball! Panthers look to improve in second year in ACC

Play ball! Panthers look to improve in second year in ACC

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

February 9, 2015


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In its second season in the competitive ACC, Pitt baseball expects a major improvement after a disappointing 2013-2014 in which it failed to make the conference tournament.Many problems still reside that need fixing in order to make that leap, especially with a depleted pitching staff following the l...

Split weekend

Split weekend

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

February 8, 2015


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Pitt lost to Virginia Tech on Friday, then shut out Clarion on Sunday.

Pitt blanks Clarion in one of program’s most lopsided wins

Pitt blanks Clarion in one of program’s most lopsided wins

By Chris Puzia /Sports Editor

February 8, 2015


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After a blowout loss at Virginia Tech and a long bus ride home, Pitt’s wrestling team returned to the friendly mats of the Fitzgerald Field House to try and make up for the loss. It did, in overwhelming fashion, two days later.On Sunday, the No. 13 Panthers (8-5, 2-2 ACC) shut out Clarion 51-0 in ...

Close loss

Close loss

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

January 25, 2015


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Nick Bonaccorsi and the No. 10 Panthers dropped their first-ever ACC game on Sunday.

Panthers lose first-ever ACC match at No. 14 Virginia

Panthers lose first-ever ACC match at No. 14 Virginia

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 25, 2015


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The Pitt wrestling team faced a blow on Sunday that it had yet to meet in its program: an ACC loss.The team’s first-ever ACC conference loss came against No. 14 Virginia, 17-16, on the road Sunday.The No. 10 Panthers (7-4, 2-1 ACC) won eight straight ACC matches dating back to 2013, when the team jo...

Road trip

Road trip

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

January 25, 2015


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The Pitt gymnastics team competed at New Hampshire over the weekend.

Gymnastics, track and field compete on road

Gymnastics, track and field compete on road

By Alex Fischbein / Staff Writer

January 25, 2015


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Pitt’s gymnastics team traveled to New Hampshire to compete this weekend, while the track and field team performed at the Youngstown State Invitational. Here’s how they fared.GymnasticsPitt’s gymnastics team (2-4, 0-3 EAGL) traveled to Durham, N.H., to face off against the University of New Hampshire. Pitt had a couple bright moments in junio...

Leap ahead

Leap ahead

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

January 22, 2015


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The Pitt gymnastics team looks to get back on track this weekend.

Gymnastics, track and field ready for weekend meets

Gymnastics, track and field ready for weekend meets

By Brandon Duerr / Staff Writer

January 22, 2015


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This weekend, two of Pitt’s varsity sports teams will head away from the city to compete in weekend meets. Here is a preview of their weekend action.GYMNASTICSThe gymnastics team will travel to the home of its East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) foe New Hampshire in Durham to try to pick up a ke...

Joe Luxbacher

Joe Luxbacher

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

January 21, 2015


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Men's soccer head coach Joe Luxbacher watches his team play.

Varsity, club, intramural soccer thrive at Pitt

Varsity, club, intramural soccer thrive at Pitt

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

January 21, 2015


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Allison Combs looks contemplatively at the grass. Her thoughts whirl as she tries to focus her eyes beyond the ground in front of her. She inhales, steps back and lets it fly. The ball goes soaring through the air.Rewind to 1863, and see the same scene unfolding: the game of soccer.Although the idea ...

Carry out

Carry out

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

January 20, 2015


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Pitt faced eight nationally ranked wrestlers in their loss to Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Pitt unable to rebound from slow start, lose to Oklahoma State

Pitt unable to rebound from slow start, lose to Oklahoma State

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

January 20, 2015


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Despite a string of victories from redshirt upperclassmen Tyler Wilps, Max Thomusseit and Nick Bonaccorsi, the Pitt wrestling team couldn’t climb out of an early hole against a top-ranked adversary.A few pivotal moments did not fall in favor of the Panthers (7-3, 2-0 ACC) as they lost in Stillwater,...

Three for three

Three for three

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

January 11, 2015


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Dom Forys controls his opponent during Pitt Duals, in which Pitt won all three of its matches.

Solomon grabs heavy win for Panthers in Pitt Duals

Solomon grabs heavy win for Panthers in Pitt Duals

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

January 11, 2015


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Despite moving up a weight class, head coach Jason Peters asked Ryan Solomon twice on Sunday to win a match for the Pitt wrestling team. And, both times, he delivered.The redshirt freshman, forced to wrestle often larger opponents, won twice against North Carolina and Duke to clinch team wins in both mat...

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