The Pitt News

Pitt softball secures series win over NC State

Pitt softball secures series win over NC State

By Rebecca Sauers | Staff Writer

April 24, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt softball team has experienced a somewhat disappointing year — seeing a 9-0 start turn into a 23-21 record — but senior Kaitlin Manuel walked off with a win on Sunday at Vartabedian Field. Down three in the seventh inning, the team rallied to send the game into extra innings before first-year...

Pitt men’s basketball loses commitment from Aaron Thompson

Pitt men’s basketball loses commitment from Aaron Thompson

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

April 22, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team isn’t only suffering from an exodus of transfers — now, it’s losing recruits as well. According to a press release Friday night, the university granted incoming freshman point guard Aaron Thompson a release from his National Letter of Intent, which he signed Nov....

From the diamond to the dugout: Pazos keeps command

From the diamond to the dugout: Pazos keeps command

By Stephen Caruso | Contributing Editor

April 20, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Sports Features

The Pitt baseball team seemed primed for a rare sweep on a summery Saturday in late March against Virginia Tech. The Panthers were up 4-0 in the top of the fifth in the second game of the series. Redshirt junior pitcher Matt Pidich was on the mound and had yet to allow a baserunner. The third and fi...

Women’s basketball renews Backyard Brawl

Women’s basketball renews Backyard Brawl

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

April 20, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Backyard Brawl is returning to yet another sport — women’s basketball. Pitt announced in a press release Thursday afternoon that its rivalry with the West Virginia University women’s basketball program will resume Dec. 7, in Morgantown, West Virginia. The rivalry — which has been dormant for fiv...

Josh Gibson: Unsung, until now

Josh Gibson: Unsung, until now

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

April 20, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports Features

After decades of relative obscurity, a Pittsburgh legend will finally have his story told — albeit in an unlikely place. The Pittsburgh Opera will perform the world premiere of “The Summer King,” which chronicles the life of Negro League baseball star Josh Gibson, from April 29 to May 7 — ticke...

Pitt baseball falls to Golden Flashes, 12-8

Pitt baseball falls to Golden Flashes, 12-8

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 20, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

In the second game of back-to-back mid-week contests, the Pitt baseball team couldn’t keep up with the Kent State Golden Flashes Wednesday night. The Golden Flashes (21-12) knocked the Panthers’ pitchers around from the start, amassing 15 hits in a 12-8 victory. Kent State also took a 7-6 win aga...

Panthers maul Nittany Lions in State College, 9-1

Panthers maul Nittany Lions in State College, 9-1

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 19, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

From the football field to the baseball and softball diamonds, Penn State just can’t find a way to beat Pitt. The Pitt baseball team (16-17, 7-11 ACC) annihilated the Nittany Lions (12-24, 1-8 Big Ten) Tuesday night in State College, Pennsylvania, rolling to a 9-1 win to sweep the season series...

Buckeyes barely beat Panthers softball, 3-2

Buckeyes barely beat Panthers softball, 3-2

By Rebecca Sauers | Staff Writer

April 19, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Sophomore Olivia Gray offered a promising start to the Panthers’ matchup against Ohio State Tuesday afternoon, smacking a leadoff home run over the center field fence to give Pitt an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. “As the first batter, your job is to set the tone for the game, and ideall...

Pitt to host 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships at PPG Paints Arena

Pitt to host 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships at PPG Paints Arena

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 18, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

For the first time in more than 60 years, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships are coming back to Pittsburgh. The NCAA awarded the city of Pittsburgh with the 2019 NCAA Championships on Tuesday afternoon, bringing the sport’s three-day championship event to PPG Paints Arena from March 21-23. ...

Pitt unveils brand-new $13.2 million club sports facility

Pitt unveils brand-new $13.2 million club sports facility

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

April 18, 2017


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

Pitt students and club sports athletes received a much-needed facilities upgrade Monday morning, as the University officially opened the Pitt Sports Dome to the student body. The sunny sky and warm weather were in stark contrast to the dome’s primary purpose as a functional winter facility, somet...

Hurricanes blow by Panthers, win weekend series, 2-1

Hurricanes blow by Panthers, win weekend series, 2-1

By Kait French | Staff Writer

April 17, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt baseball team started the weekend with a convincing win over a historic national powerhouse. But the Panthers’ bats scored just three runs in the next two games to drop their weekend series against the Miami Hurricanes. The Hurricanes (17-19, 9-9 ACC) usually dominate the Panthers (15-17, 7-11...

Glick, Newkirk, Palmer win at Louisville Invitational

Glick, Newkirk, Palmer win at Louisville Invitational

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

April 17, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt track and field team traveled to the Bluegrass State this weekend for Louisville Invitational. In the city famous for the Kentucky Derby, first-year Drew Glick, junior Quadaisha Newkirk and senior Desmond Palmer ran well in this weekend’s meet, with all three completing the weekend with i...

Orange Alert: Syracuse softball sweeps Panthers

Orange Alert: Syracuse softball sweeps Panthers

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

April 17, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Going into the weekend series against the evenly-matched Syracuse Orange, the Pitt softball team expected a competitive game. After three straight losses, the Panthers came out to claim last place in the ACC standings. The Panthers scored just four runs over the course of three games against the Orang...

Pitt tennis remains winless in ACC

Pitt tennis remains winless in ACC

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

April 17, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The struggling Pitt tennis team, which hasn't won a team match since March 11, went into this weekend completely winless in the ACC. That didn't change over Easter weekend as the Panthers (3-14, 0-13 ACC) lost at home Friday against the No. 40 Virginia Cavaliers and Sunday to the No. 45 Miami Hurricane...

Henderson shines as Gold team defeats Blue at Pitt’s Spring Game, 23-14

Henderson shines as Gold team defeats Blue at Pitt’s Spring Game, 23-14

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

April 15, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team will enter the 2017 season without either star running back James Conner or quarterback Nathan Peterman, who both left the Panthers for the NFL Draft. But junior wide receiver Quadree Henderson showed why Pitt will still be an explosive offense by dazzling during Saturday’s...

GALLERY: Pitt football’s Spring Game

GALLERY: Pitt football’s Spring Game

By Anna Bongardino | Staff Photographer

April 15, 2017


Filed under Football, Visual

After Wednesday's draft, Pitt's Gold Team defeated the Blue Team in the annual Spring Game held at Heinz Field Saturday, April 15. Quadree Henderson racked up 137 yards and a touchdown for the Gold Team in a 23-14 win.   ...

Keith Gavin returning to Pitt as new head wrestling coach

Keith Gavin returning to Pitt as new head wrestling coach

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 14, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Heather Lyke made the first big hire of her tenure as Pitt’s athletic director Friday morning, naming former national champion Keith Gavin as the Panthers’ new head wrestling coach. “We are thrilled to announce Keith Gavin as the new head coach of the University of Pittsburgh wrestling progra...

Gold team rules: Rosters set for Saturday’s spring game

Gold team rules: Rosters set for Saturday’s spring game

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 13, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team’s players and coaching staff gathered in the team room Wednesday morning at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side for some very important business: picking teams for Saturday’s Blue-Gold game. Linebackers coach Rob Harley will coach the Blue team, while running backs and spe...

Q&A: Joslin Sellers engineers final success on the track

Q&A: Joslin Sellers engineers final success on the track

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

April 11, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Senior distance runner Joslin Sellers has been carving out her spot on the track since the seventh grade. This year, as she finishes up a nearly ten-year running career, she solidified a high-ranking position in Pitt history after finishing the 2016-17 indoor season with not one but two record-breaki...

McKayla Taylor named ACC Player of the Week

McKayla Taylor named ACC Player of the Week

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

April 11, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Thanks to an excellent week at the plate and in the field, junior Pitt shortstop McKayla Taylor became the ACC’s Softball Player of the Week Tuesday afternoon. The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the honor Tuesday afternoon. The Florida State Seminoles swept the Panthers in Tallahassee the weekend ...

From Pitt to the pros: Spratling sprints to stardom

From Pitt to the pros: Spratling sprints to stardom

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

April 10, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

Brycen Spratling sports Nike shoes, sweatpants and a short-sleeve black-and-blue shirt while warming up for his workout. He slowly trots around the track, bouncing to the beat of the music in his earbuds. An unknowing observer might assume he’s just there for a routine jog. But once he takes off, ...

Former Pitt PG Justice Kithcart Transferring to Old Dominion

Former Pitt PG Justice Kithcart Transferring to Old Dominion

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 10, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Justice Kithcart is the first of the five departing players — not including the four graduating seniors — from last year’s Pitt men’s basketball team to find a new home. Kithcart announced Monday afternoon via Twitter he will be transferring to Old Dominion University, a member of Conference USA. “Moving to the 757 like I’m the answer...

Head diving coach Julian Krug says goodbye after 38 years

Head diving coach Julian Krug says goodbye after 38 years

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 10, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

One of the longest-tenured and most accomplished coaches in Pitt Athletics history is leaving the program, as Julian Krug announced his decision to retire Friday after 38 years as the Panthers’ head diving coach. “The intent has been coming on for some time. Face it, I’m 70 years old, I’ve...

Pitt softball pummels Virginia Tech Hokies in sweep

Pitt softball pummels Virginia Tech Hokies in sweep

By Brandon Glass | For The Pitt News

April 10, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt softball team likely will not reenter the Top 25 rankings this season, but with this weekend’s sweep of the Virginia Tech Hokies, the Panthers gained three critically needed in-conference wins. Pitt (21-16, 4-11 ACC) started an extended home stretch by winning back-to-back in-conference...

Panthers baseball swept by Virginia Cavaliers

Panthers baseball swept by Virginia Cavaliers

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

April 10, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After coming back to win its series against the Duke Blue Devils last weekend and defeating in-state rival Penn State 3-2 Tuesday, the Pitt baseball team sought to continue its winning form against the Virginia Cavaliers this weekend. But the Pitt baseball team (14-15, 6-9 ACC) instead struggled in...

Pitt tennis trampled by Demon Deacons, Hokies

Pitt tennis trampled by Demon Deacons, Hokies

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

April 10, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After dropping both contests during last weekend’s trip to North Carolina, the Pitt tennis team attempted turning its season around as it hosted No. 28 Wake Forest Friday and Virginia Tech Saturday. The team had no such luck, as the Panthers lost two weekend matches to elongate their losing streak...

Over Knight Sensation: Brittany Knight carving out starring role for Panthers

Over Knight Sensation: Brittany Knight carving out starring role for Panthers

By Rebecca Sauers | Staff Writer

April 6, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Sports Features

You can’t pitch any better than Pitt true freshman Brittany Knight did Feb. 10, in her first game of college competition. Still, she was startled when a trainer approached her during a practice the next week. “Oh, congrats on ACC Pitcher of the Week,” the trainer said. “I was like, ‘...

Pitt softball gets back on track with 8-3 win at Saint Francis

Pitt softball gets back on track with 8-3 win at Saint Francis

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 5, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Returning from a humbling three-game sweep at the hands of the No. 1 Florida State Seminoles, the Pitt softball team got back on track Wednesday night. The Panthers (18-16) defeated the Saint Francis Red Flash (27-9) 8-3 in an extra-innings nonconference clash in Loretto, Pennsylvania. Pitt snapp...

Pitt baseball prevails over Penn State, 3-2

Pitt baseball prevails over Penn State, 3-2

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

April 5, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

In front of a crowd nearly double the usual turnout, the Pitt Panthers struck out 13 Nittany Lion batters over nine innings to beat its in-state rival. The Panthers (14-12 overall, 6-6 ACC) came from behind to secure their win over Pennsylvania State University (10-17 overall, 0-3 Big Ten) in fro...

Panic at the Pete: Wise, Johnson’s transfers cause for alarm

Panic at the Pete: Wise, Johnson’s transfers cause for alarm

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 3, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns, Women's Basketball

It started with a harmless announcement March 13. That’s when sophomore guard Crisshawn Clark revealed his intention to transfer from the Pitt men’s basketball team after missing the entire 2016-17 season with a torn MCL and meniscus. Clark could have provided some useful depth for the Panthers if health...

Pitt baseball battles back against Blue Devils

Pitt baseball battles back against Blue Devils

By Kait French | Staff Writer

April 3, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt baseball team seemed in for a long weekend after suffering a 14-0 blowout in the series opener against Duke Friday. But thanks to an extra inning comeback and an excellent performance from senior pitcher Josh Falk, the Panthers took two of three from the Blue Devils. “I was very please...

Pitt track travels to Florida, California

Pitt track travels to Florida, California

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

April 3, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Panthers scattered over the country this weekend, with the the track and field team splitting up across three different meets in two different states. The majority of athletes made their way to Gainesville, Florida, for the 2017 Pepsi Florida Relays. The meet took place over three days this we...

Have mercy: Pitt softball swept by Seminoles

Have mercy: Pitt softball swept by Seminoles

By Rebecca Sauers | Staff Writer

April 3, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt softball team needed mercy this weekend in Florida battling against the best team in the country. In NCAA softball, if a team is leading by eight or more runs after five innings, the game is ruled so uncompetitive that it doesn’t need to be played any longer. That’s what happened this...

Pitt tennis falls in North Carolina to Duke, NC State

Pitt tennis falls in North Carolina to Duke, NC State

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

April 3, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Riding a four-game losing streak, the Pitt women’s tennis team looked to turn its season around during this weekend’s trip to North Carolina. Unfortunately for the Panthers (3-10, 0-8 ACC), the weekend brought no respite. The team played against No. 17 Duke in Durham Saturday and No. 26 North Ca...

Leading returning scorer Cameron Johnson leaving Pitt

Leading returning scorer Cameron Johnson leaving Pitt

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 1, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After having three players transfer in the past three weeks, the Pitt men’s basketball team is now losing its leading returning scorer. Redshirt sophomore guard Cameron Johnson is pursuing his transfer from the university. Johnson’s father Gil confirmed the news to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette early Sat...

Pirates 2017 season preview

Pirates 2017 season preview

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 31, 2017


Filed under Sports

As spring training winds down and the calendar flips to April, sports fans across the country are coming to a welcome realization. Opening Day is almost upon us. The 2017 Major League Baseball season kicks off Sunday, April 2, with a three-game slate featuring the defending World Series champion Chica...

Pitt assistant Jeremy Ballard leaving to become associate head coach at VCU

Pitt assistant Jeremy Ballard leaving to become associate head coach at VCU

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

March 30, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt confirmed Thursday that assistant coach Jeremy Ballard is set to leave the Panthers to become an associate head coach at Virginia Commonwealth University next year. After dealing with three other departures from the Pitt basketball program in the last two weeks, Pitt head coach Kevin Stalli...

Panthers slam state rival Nittany Lions, 7-1

Panthers slam state rival Nittany Lions, 7-1

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

With the rival Penn State Nittany Lions in town and bragging rights on the line, the Pitt softball team left no doubt about who the best softball team in the state is Wednesday night. The Panthers (17-13) climbed out of an early 1-0 hole with seven unanswered runs in a 7-1 victory against the Nitta...

Raiders relocate to plunder Vegas’ pockets

Raiders relocate to plunder Vegas’ pockets

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

My dad became a Baltimore Colts fan when he was 5 years old because he liked the color blue. By the time he was in his 20s and living in Baltimore, he was a season ticket holder and a fanatic. But when the Colts left the city in 1984 — due to the State of Maryland refusing to pay for renovatio...

Mountain too high to climb against WVU, Pitt falls 8-4

Mountain too high to climb against WVU, Pitt falls 8-4

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

March 29, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

In the first of two Backyard Brawl games this season, the Pitt baseball team fell to the West Virginia Mountaineers, 8-4, due to a horrendous fifth inning in which the Panthers gave up five runs and committed three errors. The Panthers (11-11 overall, 4-5 ACC) were unable to surmount a seven-run ...

Tight end Matt Flanagan transfers from Rutgers

Tight end Matt Flanagan transfers from Rutgers

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under Football

It’s been nearly two months since Pitt locked up ESPN’s No. 31 football recruiting class in the country on National Signing Day, but the Panthers haven’t stopped adding to next year’s roster. Rutgers tight end Matt Flanagan announced his decision Monday to enroll at Pitt in the fall as a graduate transfer. Flanagan ...

TPN Panthers of the Month: Andin Fosam and Josh Falk

TPN Panthers of the Month: Andin Fosam and Josh Falk

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Andin Fosam Andin Fosam, a junior thrower from Robbinsville, New Jersey, had already proved before March that she was one of the best throwers in the ACC. After this month, though, Fosam now is considered one of the best in the country. At last month’s ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships, Fosam finis...

Pitt baseball sweeps Virginia Tech behind stellar starting pitching

Pitt baseball sweeps Virginia Tech behind stellar starting pitching

By Kait French | Staff Writer

March 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt baseball team is back above .500 after picking up a crucial three-game sweep against a conference rival. Pitt (11-10 overall, 4-5 ACC) hosted the Virginia Tech Hokies (14-12 overall, 3-6 ACC) at Charles L. Cost Field for a three-game showdown over the weekend, and the Panthers won all three....

Pitt softball notches first ACC win in series finale vs. Boston College

Pitt softball notches first ACC win in series finale vs. Boston College

By Rebecca Sauers | For The Pitt News

March 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After eight straight losses to open up conference play, the Pitt softball team picked up its first ACC win of 2017 Saturday night. The Panthers (16-13 overall, 1-8 ACC) fell to the Boston College Eagles (17-12 overall, 4-2 ACC) in the first two games of the weekend series at Vartabedian Field. Pit...

Giordano caps college career as four-time All-American diver

Giordano caps college career as four-time All-American diver

By Kait French | Staff Writer

March 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Dominic Giordano secured his legacy as Pitt’s most decorated diver in program history at the 2017 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships over the weekend in Indianapolis. Giordano failed to defend his title Friday in the three-meter dive, but he still made history in the final competiti...

Fosam, Michael-Khensu shine at CMU Invitational

Fosam, Michael-Khensu shine at CMU Invitational

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

March 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

On a warm Friday and Saturday at Carnegie Mellon University’s Gesling Stadium, the Pitt track and field team finally got to compete close to home in its second meet of the outdoor season. The Panthers must have enjoyed the familiar setting, as multiple stadium records fell at the CMU Invitational over...

Pitt’s leading scorer and rebounder Brenna Wise to transfer

Pitt’s leading scorer and rebounder Brenna Wise to transfer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 24, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Just days after the Pitt men’s basketball team had its third player leave since the end of the season, the women’s basketball team’s star player is heading out the door. School officials announced Friday that sophomore forward Brenna Wise will pursue a transfer from the program. “Brenn...

TeShan Campbell says goodbye to Steel City

TeShan Campbell says goodbye to Steel City

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 24, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After 21 years in the steel city he’s called home, TeShan Campbell is moving out. Campbell announced his decision Monday to transfer to Ohio State University to spend the final two years of his college career wrestling for coach Tom Ryan and the Buckeyes. The standout sophomore started out wrest...

Dominic Giordano places 16th in 1M dive at NCAA Championships

Dominic Giordano places 16th in 1M dive at NCAA Championships

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 23, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt senior diver Dominic Giordano is already adding to his well-stocked trophy case at the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Giordano earned Honorable Mention All-American honors on day one of the 2017 NCAA Championships in Bloomington, Indiana, placing 16th in the one-meter springboard div...

Panthers make last impression on NFL scouts at Pitt’s Pro Day

Panthers make last impression on NFL scouts at Pitt’s Pro Day

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 23, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

With a little over a month left before the 2017 NFL Draft, the Pitt football team’s draft-eligible standouts made one last impression on NFL teams Wednesday morning. Dozens of NFL scouts, coaches and reporters packed the practice facility at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side, as 19 Pa...

Kayla Harris carves up Kent State in 7-0 shutout

Kayla Harris carves up Kent State in 7-0 shutout

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 23, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

History nearly repeated itself Wednesday afternoon at the Pitt softball team’s 2017 home opener at Vartabedian Field. Junior pitcher Kayla Harris came five outs away from tossing her second perfect game in less than a month, but instead had to settle for a one-hit shutout in Pitt’s 7-0 win over the Kent State Golden Flashes (8-14). The Panthers (15-11 ove...

Damon Wilson transferring from Pitt men’s basketball team

Damon Wilson transferring from Pitt men’s basketball team

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 23, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Another day, another player transferring away from the Pitt men’s basketball team. Sophomore Damon Wilson announced his intention to transfer from the team Wednesday, barely one week after true freshman Corey Manigault and sophomore Crisshawn Clark decided to leave the team. “I am grateful for my ...

Pitt wrestlers reflect on mixed season, look to next year

Pitt wrestlers reflect on mixed season, look to next year

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 22, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt wrapped up its season at the NCAA Division I Championships last weekend without an All-American wrestler for the second year in a row. After a season marred by senior 149-pounder Mikey Racciato’s curious absences and dismissal, a midseason coaching change and now sophomore TeShan Campbell’s impe...

Panthers can’t complete comeback at Kent State, fall 7-6

Panthers can’t complete comeback at Kent State, fall 7-6

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

March 22, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Despite beginning the game with an early lead and a late offensive surge, the Pitt baseball team couldn’t come back against the hosting Kent State Golden Flashes Tuesday afternoon. Facing a three-run deficit in the ninth inning, the Panthers (8-10, 1-5 ACC) were able to plate two to make the score ...

Heather Lyke introduced as Pitt’s new athletic director

Heather Lyke introduced as Pitt’s new athletic director

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 20, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports

Basketball season is over, but history was made Monday on the hardwood floor of the Petersen Events Center. Less than three months after Scott Barnes’ departure, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher hired Heather Lyke as Pitt’s new athletic director, making Lyke the first woman to serve as full-time a...

ACC Champion wrestler TeShan Campbell to transfer to Ohio State

ACC Champion wrestler TeShan Campbell to transfer to Ohio State

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 20, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt wrestling team absorbed another huge blow just two days after the conclusion of the 2016-2017 season, as 165-pound ACC Champion TeShan Campbell announced his intention to transfer to Ohio State University. “Pitt Wrestling, you showed me so much over these two past years — we made some grea...

Pitt baseball avoids sweep with 2-1 win in extras

Pitt baseball avoids sweep with 2-1 win in extras

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 20, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After two games, 23 innings and nearly eight hours of baseball on a frigid Sunday at Charles L. Cost Field, the Pitt baseball team snapped a seven-game skid and earned its first ACC win of 2017. The Panthers (8-9 overall, 1-5 ACC) avoided a sweep against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-12 overall, 2...

Rathsack sets record, named All-American at NCAAs

Rathsack sets record, named All-American at NCAAs

By Kait French | Staff Writer

March 20, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After multiple record-setting swims at the ACC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, Pitt junior Lina Rathsack parlayed that momentum into national recognition at the 2017 NCAA Championships. Rathsack earned all four of the Pitt swimming and diving team’s points at the national championships t...

Pitt softball swept by Louisville over weekend

Pitt softball swept by Louisville over weekend

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

March 20, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt softball team's season continued its nosedive this weekend after losing three games in a row to the Louisville Cardinals. Coach Holly Aprile and the Panthers (14-11 overall, 0-6 ACC) started the season 9-0, elevating the program to No. 19 in the country, the highest ranking in the history o...

Kelly finishes first in 5000m at Yellow Jacket Invitational

Kelly finishes first in 5000m at Yellow Jacket Invitational

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

March 20, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

With a first-place finish from junior Amy Kelly and several Panthers placing in the top 10, Pitt track and field ran past the competition in Friday’s Yellow Jacket Invitational at Georgia Tech’s George C. Griffin Track in Atlanta. Kelly’s win — her top finish since last April — came in th...

Panthers finish fifth at EAGL Championships

Panthers finish fifth at EAGL Championships

By Ted Zhang | Staff Writer

March 20, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Despite benefiting from some standout individual performances, the Pitt gymnastics team couldn't defend its crown as conference title-winners at Saturday’s East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championship. Sophomore Brittany West and senior Tracey Pearson had standout performances during Saturday’...

No Panther wrestlers left in title contention at NCAAs

No Panther wrestlers left in title contention at NCAAs

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 17, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After a successful opening round at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, all four of Pitt’s competitors dropped out of contention for first-place titles by the end of the second session Thursday night. Junior 133-pounder Dom Forys, sophomore 165-pounder TeShan Campbell and redshirt junior heavyweight ...

Top 50 recruit Kizza Edward commits to Pitt men’s soccer

Top 50 recruit Kizza Edward commits to Pitt men’s soccer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 17, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt men’s soccer team hasn’t beaten an ACC opponent in four years of conference play, but the Panthers’ fortunes might soon change. Pitt received a verbal commitment Wednesday from forward Kizza Edward, one of the most prized prospects in the country. Edward, part of the prestigious Socce...

Top-50 soccer prospect Kizza Edward commits to Pitt

Top-50 soccer prospect Kizza Edward commits to Pitt

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 16, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt men’s soccer team still hasn’t beaten an ACC opponent in four years of conference play, but the Panthers’ fortunes might soon be about to change. Pitt received a verbal commitment Wednesday from Montverde Academy forward Kizza Edward, one of the most prized prospects in the country....

Four Pitt wrestlers begin quests for NCAA titles

Four Pitt wrestlers begin quests for NCAA titles

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 15, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

It’s been nearly a decade since Keith Gavin took home the Pitt wrestling team’s most recent individual title at the 2008 NCAA Championships in St. Louis. The annual tournament returns to the Scottrade Center this year, where Gavin reached the pinnacle of the sport by capturing the 174-pound nat...

Students fill out their brackets, with or without Pitt

Students fill out their brackets, with or without Pitt

By Elizabeth Lepro and Bayard Miller | Contributing Editors

March 15, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

As the snow stopped falling Tuesday night, basketball fans on Pitt’s campus were just getting warmed up for the upcoming NCAA Tournament — despite Pitt’s now-deceased season. In the library at about 11 p.m., where students were cramming for next-day exams and working together on group project...

Clark, Manigault transfer from basketball team

Clark, Manigault transfer from basketball team

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 15, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

Say goodbye to the Pitt men’s basketball team’s 2016 recruiting class. All three members of the Panthers’ 2016 class are no longer with the team, as true freshman Corey Manigault followed sophomore Crisshawn Clark in announcing his intention to transfer next season. “We wish Corey and Crisshawn the best of luck as they look to continue their college...

Pitt gymnasts named to All-EAGL, All-Academic teams

Pitt gymnasts named to All-EAGL, All-Academic teams

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

March 15, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt gymnastics team will compete on Saturday in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championship, but several Panthers have already won awards this week. The EAGL named six Panthers to its All-EAGL teams on Monday and a conference-high 18 to the All-Academic team on Saturday. Sophomores Lucy Brett, Mea...

True freshman Corey Manigault leaving Pitt

True freshman Corey Manigault leaving Pitt

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Say goodbye to the Pitt men’s basketball team’s 2016 recruiting class. All three members of the Panthers’ 2016 class are no longer with the team, as true freshman Corey Manigault followed sophomore Crisshawn Clark in announcing his intention to transfer next season. “We wish Corey and Crisshawn the best of luck as they look to continue their c...

Sophomore guard Crisshawn Clark plans to transfer from Pitt

Sophomore guard Crisshawn Clark plans to transfer from Pitt

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Only one of the three members of the Pitt men’s basketball team’s 2016 recruiting class remains, as sophomore Crisshawn Clark announced his intention to transfer next season. Following head coach Kevin Stallings’ dismissal of point guard Justice Kithcart prior to the team’s regular season f...

Swan song: Pitt’s seniors reflect on college careers

Swan song: Pitt’s seniors reflect on college careers

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 14, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Men's Basketball, Sports

When the visitors’ locker room inside the Barclays Center opened to reporters moments after Pitt’s season-ending 75-63 loss to Virginia in the second round of the ACC Tournament, the room was silent. The post-game spread of food and drinks went mostly untouched. As the players sat side by side...

Game changers: Five players who will impact NCAA Tournament most

Game changers: Five players who will impact NCAA Tournament most

By Ted Zhang | Staff Writer

March 14, 2017


Filed under Sports

There are plenty of big-name players leading big-time programs into this year's Big Dance. But none will have a greater impact on which team gets to cut down the nets at the Final Four in Phoenix than these five: Grayson Allen He’s no Christian Laettner — the polarizing college basketb...

Five sleepers with a chance to make a splash in March Madness

Five sleepers with a chance to make a splash in March Madness

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

March 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Every year, shocking upsets in the NCAA Tournament force college basketball fans to throw their office pool brackets into the trash on the opening days of the tournament. No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee State eliminated No. 2 seed Michigan State in the first round last year, while No. 15 seed Florida...

Next year will be turning point for Panthers’ program after lost season

Next year will be turning point for Panthers’ program after lost season

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Now that we know the season is over for Pitt’s men’s basketball team — with no postseason appearance and no winning record for the first time in 17 years — one question remains. Where do the Panthers go from here? Some have called for the axing of head coach Kevin Stallings after just one year on...

Pitt women’s basketball team maintains status quo in 2016-17 season

Pitt women’s basketball team maintains status quo in 2016-17 season

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

March 14, 2017


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Around the time North Carolina guard Jamie Cherry buried her fifth 3-pointer of the game in the first round of the 2017 ACC Tournament, the Pitt women’s basketball team was starting to realize its season was over. The Panthers ended the regular season with a 13-16 overall record and a 4-12 record...

Pitt softball team loses two vs. James Madison, splits pair with East Carolina

Pitt softball team loses two vs. James Madison, splits pair with East Carolina

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 13, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After starting the season with nine wins in a row and earning the first national ranking in program history, the Pitt softball team has stumbled into a slump. Inclement weather forced the cancellation of last weekend’s James Madison University Invitational in Harrisonburg, Virginia. So Pitt (14...

Pitt baseball swept by No. 4 Louisville to open up ACC play

Pitt baseball swept by No. 4 Louisville to open up ACC play

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 12, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt baseball team had its first run-in of 2017 with a ranked opponent last weekend. The Panthers pitched well, but appeared completely overmatched at the plate and failed to pick up a win against the No. 4 Louisville Cardinals. Pitt (7-7 overall, 0-3 ACC) opened up ACC play by suffering a th...

ICYMI: Spring Break

ICYMI: Spring Break

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 12, 2017


Filed under Sports

March 3 Wise earns second straight All-ACC Academic selection - Pitt sophomore forward Brenna Wise received her second straight selection to the All-ACC Academic Team after posting a perfect 4.0 GPA in the fall 2016 semester. Wise also led the Panthers in scoring and rebounding for the second year in a ...

No. 21 Virginia eliminates Pitt from ACC Tournament, 75-63

No. 21 Virginia eliminates Pitt from ACC Tournament, 75-63

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 9, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team’s first season under head coach Kevin Stallings — and first losing season in 17 years — appears to be over. The Panthers (16-17) fell to the No. 21 Virginia Cavaliers (22-9), 75-63, in the second round of the ACC Tournament Wednesday night at the Barclays Cen...

GALLERY: Pitt vs Virginia, ACC Tournament 2nd round

GALLERY: Pitt vs Virginia, ACC Tournament 2nd round

By John Hamilton | Visual Editor

March 9, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Uncategorized

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Pitt holds on for 61-59 win over Georgia Tech in first round of ACC Tournament

Pitt holds on for 61-59 win over Georgia Tech in first round of ACC Tournament

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 7, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

It wasn’t easy or pretty, but the Pitt men’s basketball team held on to extend its season for at least another day. The Panthers (16-16) survived a last-minute rally from the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (17-15) to pull out a 61-59 win Tuesday night in the first round of the ACC Tournament at t...

GALLERY: Pitt vs Georgia Tech, ACC Tournament 1st Round

GALLERY: Pitt vs Georgia Tech, ACC Tournament 1st Round

By John Hamilton | Visual Editor

March 7, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Visual

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Pitt baseball drops three out of four in South Carolina

Pitt baseball drops three out of four in South Carolina

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 7, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After a strong start to nonconference play, the Pitt baseball team started to show signs of its inexperience last weekend. The Panthers (7-4) dropped three out of four games against mid-major opponents, scoring a total of only 10 runs over the weekend in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Pitt fell to the Wo...

No. 21 Pitt softball team swept in ACC opener at North Carolina

No. 21 Pitt softball team swept in ACC opener at North Carolina

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 7, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt softball team’s momentum has evaporated after a remarkable start to the season. The No. 21 Panthers (12-5 overall, 0-3 ACC) opened up conference play over the weekend in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where they suffered a three-game sweep against the North Carolina Tar Heels (15-4 overall...

Young named to All-ACC Third Team, Artis earns honorable mention

Young named to All-ACC Third Team, Artis earns honorable mention

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 5, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team finished the regular season in next-to-last place out of 15 teams in the ACC, but the Panthers still had two players recognized as part of the All-ACC teams Sunday afternoon. Senior forward Michael Young repeated as a member of the All-ACC Third Team, while senior p...

Brenna Wise earns second-straight All-ACC Academic selection

Brenna Wise earns second-straight All-ACC Academic selection

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 5, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

In her two years at Pitt, sophomore forward Brenna Wise immediately took over as the women’s basketball team’s best player following star point guard Brianna Kiesel’s graduation. Now, Wise is following Kiesel’s path in the classroom as well as on the court. The Pittsburgh native receiv...

Pitt wrestlers Forys, Rahmani and Campbell capture first ACC titles

Pitt wrestlers Forys, Rahmani and Campbell capture first ACC titles

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 4, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The No. 23 Pitt wrestling team appears to be peaking in the postseason, and the Panthers have three individual ACC titles to prove it. Junior 133-pounder Dom Forys (19-1) and sophomore 165-pounder TeShan Campbell (20-2) showed why they came into the tournament as No. 1 seeds, as each won a pair of ...

Panthers drop regular season finale at No. 23 Virginia, 67-42

Panthers drop regular season finale at No. 23 Virginia, 67-42

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 4, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team’s streak of 16 straight winning seasons came to a crashing halt Saturday afternoon in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Panthers (15-16 overall, 4-14 ACC) put on their worst offensive performance of the season in the regular season finale against the No. 23 Virginia...

Stallings dismisses first-year PG Justice Kithcart from Panthers

Stallings dismisses first-year PG Justice Kithcart from Panthers

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 3, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt men’s basketball head coach Kevin Stallings dismissed first-year point guard Justice Kithcart from the team Friday morning, according to a Pitt Athletics press release. “It is a privilege to play basketball at the University of Pittsburgh and with that privilege comes the responsibility to conduct...

Men’s swimmers wrap up ACC Championships with 10th-place finish

Men’s swimmers wrap up ACC Championships with 10th-place finish

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 3, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt men’s swimming team continued to make history Wednesday and Thursday night in Georgia as the 2017 ACC Championships came to a close. The Panthers finished in 10th place at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta with 513 team points. This score broke the team’s previous high scor...

Pitting in person: 5 games fans would rather forget

Pitting in person: 5 games fans would rather forget

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

March 3, 2017


Filed under Sports

Last week, as I watched Pitt’s men’s basketball team surrender a 19-point lead against Wake Forest, I felt something all too familiar. The Panthers still led by four with 3:27 to go, yet I knew the team would find a way to lose — which it did, 63-59 after a 10-2 run from the Demon Deacons. ...

TPN Panthers of the Month: Kayla Harris and Ryan Solomon

TPN Panthers of the Month: Kayla Harris and Ryan Solomon

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

March 2, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Kayla Harris Kayla Harris’ last pitching performance was perfect — literally. After setting the tone by striking all three batters out in the first inning, Harris retired every subsequent Southeastern Louisiana batter en route to a 5-0 win and the second perfect game in Pitt history. Her stella...

Panthers’ season ends in 72-60 loss vs. UNC at ACC Tournament

Panthers’ season ends in 72-60 loss vs. UNC at ACC Tournament

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 2, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

In last year’s ACC Tournament, North Carolina’s Jamie Cherry tried her best to spoil the Pitt women’s basketball team’s season, but the Panthers prevailed. This time around, the Tar Heels’ sharp-shooting guard single-handedly sent Pitt home. Cherry scored a career-high 32 points in UNC’s 72...

Cameron Johnson and Ryan Luther named to All-ACC Academic Team

Cameron Johnson and Ryan Luther named to All-ACC Academic Team

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 2, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team’s disappointing 2016-2017 season is almost at a close, but two Panthers earned recognition Wednesday for what they’ve accomplished off the court. Pitt redshirt sophomore guard Cameron Johnson and junior forward Ryan Luther made it onto the All-ACC Academic Team ...

Panther swimmers break records at ACCs

Panther swimmers break records at ACCs

By Kait French | Staff Writer

March 1, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Panthers impressed their fans yet again over the first two days of the ACC Championship meet, complete with three new records and two record-breaking swims. With a time of 6:28.37, Eben Vorster, Luke Smutny, Samy Helmbacher and Brian Lovasik broke the team’s record in the 800 freestyle relay...

Pitt stung by Yellow Jackets, 61-52

Pitt stung by Yellow Jackets, 61-52

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

March 1, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

With one game left in the season, the Pitt men's basketball team is sitting at .500 and tied for 13th place in the conference after another loss Tuesday night. After the Panthers (15-15 overall, 4-13 ACC) won three of four games over a 10-day stretch in mid-February, the team has slipped, losing it...

Rozelle Nix: Big man on campus

Rozelle Nix: Big man on campus

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

February 28, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Features

After years of rigorous work on various courts, Rozelle Nix finally saw his dedication pay off this season. Pitt trailed by five with seven minutes left in the game against the winningest coach of all-time, Mike Krzyzewski, and the No. 21 Duke Blue Devils. Sophomore guard Cameron Johnson missed a ...

Head volleyball coach Dan Fisher given extension

Head volleyball coach Dan Fisher given extension

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

February 28, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Head volleyball coach Dan Fisher has restored the Panthers’ program to national prominence, and he’s being rewarded for his efforts. Interim Athletic Director Randy Juhl announced Monday afternoon Pitt has extended Fisher’s contract for another two years. He is now signed on to stay with the...

Eight Panthers earn All-ACC status at ACC Indoor Championships

Eight Panthers earn All-ACC status at ACC Indoor Championships

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

February 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Although nobody on the Pitt track and field team qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships, several Panthers made it onto the medal stand at the ACC Indoor Championships last weekend. Overall, eight Pitt athletes achieved All-ACC recognition, 16 set personal bests and two broke school records. Still...

Pitt baseball sweeps three-game series vs. Siena

Pitt baseball sweeps three-game series vs. Siena

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

February 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After a 3-1 showing in the season-opening Sunshine State Classic, the Pitt baseball team continued nonconference play in Florida by sweeping a three-game series against the Siena Saints. Pitt (6-1) took some time to get its offense going in the series opener Friday, but the team’s bats came alive la...

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