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Pitt Volleyball and men’s soccer appear primed to repeat and perhaps improve on their already exceptional 2021 seasons. Baseball will need to reload before they can one-up their last record-setting spring.

Column | Volleyball, men’s soccer poised to expand on historic springs

By Stephen Thompson, Senior Staff Writer August 17, 2021
Many teams emerged gracefully from the COVID-19 pandemic, but few are equipped to renew their success this year. Volleyball and men’s soccer are poised for historic seasons, while baseball will need to reload before it is back to competing on a national stage.
Ahead of a 2021-22 school year where many of Pitt’s teams have lofty hopes, senior staff writer Kyle Saxon ranks the top five athletic programs to watch next year.

Column | The top five Pitt programs to watch in 2021

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer June 28, 2021
Over the past year, several Panther teams reached unprecedented heights and are poised to find even more success in the coming season.
Staff writer Griffin Floyd argued that if students want to see Panther teams succeed at the highest level, they must turn to non-revenue sports such as baseball and women’s volleyball.

Column | To get full Pitt Athletics experience, fans must invest in non-revenue sports

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer June 27, 2021
Non-revenue sports are an untapped gold mine for viewing pleasure, especially as they leave Pitt’s flagship sports in the dust from a competitive standpoint.
After a nearly unpredictable start to the College World Series, staff writer Zack Gibney predicts which teams will rise and fall.

Prediction: Red-hot NC State will keep momentum rolling, win College World Series

By Zack Gibney, Staff Writer June 23, 2021
In a virtually unpredictable tournament thus far, here’s an outline of how the rest of the College World Series may unfold.
The MLB’s passive nature regarding defending and ensuring the integrity of the game has set themselves up to be marred by scandals. Pictured is New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole.

Column | MLB cannot be passive when policing pitchers’ foreign substance use

By Zack Gibney, Staff Writer June 15, 2021
After being embarrassed and having the game’s integrity be put into question in past scandals, most would assume the league had learned its lesson and would be more willing to address issues that harmed the game’s honor. Instead, MLB and their lackluster commissioner are once again struggling to defend their own rulebook.
Despite an impressive resumé, Pitt was left out of the National College Baseball Tournament. The Panthers will be forced to watch the tournament from home as several teams they have beaten themselves compete for a national title.

Panthers fail to earn bid to national baseball tournament

By Dalton Coppola, Sports Editor June 2, 2021
After the College World Series Selection show on Monday, the Panthers received the news that their season was over after the selection committee did not extend them a tournament bid.
The Panthers were unable to capitalize on a phenomenal complete game performance from junior pitcher Matt Gilbertson, as the Panthers fell to NC State 3-2 — putting an end to their ACC Championship chase.

Gilbertson’s dazzling pitching performance not enough as Panthers fall to NC State 3-2

By Zack Gibney, Staff Writer May 28, 2021
The No. 10 Panthers (23-20) fell to the No. 3 NC State Wolfpack (29-15) 3-2 at the ACC Baseball Tournament at Truist Field in Charlotte, North Carolina, putting an end to Pitt’s ACC Championship aspirations.
Pitt came into their ACC Baseball Tournament slate on Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina against the North Carolina Tarheels as losers in eight of their last 10 to finish their regular season. As the No. 10 seed, the lowest seed in their pool, a loss would send the Panthers back to Pittsburgh empty handed.

Panthers keep ACC Title hopes alive with 5-3 win over UNC

By Dalton Coppola, Sports Editor May 26, 2021
Tuesday would not mark the end of the Panthers’ run at their first ACC Title as Pitt defeated the Tar Heels 5-3.
After a roller-coaster of a season, Pitt’s baseball program earned itself a spot in the ACC Tournament in Charlotte N.C. Pitt enters the tournament as the No. 10 seed, placed in Pool C along with the No. 3 NC State Wolfpack and the No. 6 North Carolina Tar Heels.

Panthers look to rediscover early-season magic ahead of ACC Tournament

By Dalton Coppola, Sports Editor May 24, 2021
After a roller-coaster of a season, Pitt’s baseball program earned itself a spot in the ACC Tournament in Charlotte N.C. Pitt enters the tournament as the No. 10 seed, placed in Pool C along with the No. 3 NC State Wolfpack and the No. 6 North Carolina Tar Heels.
The Panthers fell 8-2, as they were out-dueled on the mound and out-slugged by the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Panthers fall to Mountaineers in Backyard Brawl

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor May 6, 2021
With the Panthers still trying to knock off some of the rust from their long break, Pitt fell to the Mountaineers 8-2.
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