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Panther sports stay active during summer break

Panther sports stay active during summer break

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

August 27, 2018


Filed under Sports

The summer season was far from uneventful, as both the softball and baseball teams capped off postseason runs in May while the men’s basketball and football teams stayed hot on the recruiting trail.

Mike Bell named new Pitt baseball head coach

Mike Bell named new Pitt baseball head coach

By Hannah Schneider, Sports Editor

July 14, 2018


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

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

Oregon State wins College World Series

Oregon State wins College World Series

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

July 11, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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

Midwest Mayhem secures 2018 Cap Classic championship

Midwest Mayhem secures 2018 Cap Classic championship

By Ben Zimmer | For The Pitt News

June 29, 2018


Filed under Sports

More than 200 teams traveled from Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania to participate in the 2018 Pittsburgh Cap Classic. This year’s championship game on Sunday saw defending champions Mon Valley Miners of Monogahela, Pennsylvania suffer a brutal 7-0 loss to the Midwest Mayhem ...

Joe Jordano resigns as baseball coach

Joe Jordano resigns as baseball coach

By Hannah Schneider and Joanna Li

June 21, 2018


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

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

5 Panthers drafted to MLB

5 Panthers drafted to MLB

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

June 20, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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

2 Panthers drafted into MLB

2 Panthers drafted into MLB

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

June 7, 2018


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

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

Pitt baseball falls to Louisville in ACC semifinal

Pitt baseball falls to Louisville in ACC semifinal

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

May 26, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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

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

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

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

April 15, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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

Kent State clobbers Pitt, 4-1

Kent State clobbers Pitt, 4-1

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

April 10, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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

Weekend sports: Softball causes upset, gymnastics competes at regionals

Weekend sports: Softball causes upset, gymnastics competes at regionals

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

April 8, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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

Weekend sports: Panthers split across the states

Weekend sports: Panthers split across the states

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

April 1, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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

Weekend sports: Panthers provide weak performances

Weekend sports: Panthers provide weak performances

By Jon Shaiken | Staff Writer

March 26, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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

Few bright spots for Panthers in cloudy sports weekend

Few bright spots for Panthers in cloudy sports weekend

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

February 26, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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

Weekend sports: Baseball opens season, wrestling tries to pack the Pete

Weekend sports: Baseball opens season, wrestling tries to pack the Pete

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

February 19, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

It was a quiet weekend on upper campus as Pitt sports traveled across the states to take on new and familiar foes. While many students stayed in Oakland this weekend, the baseball team travelled to Florida to compete against Oakland University. And while Pittsburgh experienced some snow, baseball and s...

Editorial: Cleveland mascot’s departure signals good first step

Editorial: Cleveland mascot’s departure signals good first step

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 1, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

With statues of Confederate generals removed across the South last summer and likenesses of Christopher Columbus vandalized across the North last October, it was only a matter of time before the next symbol of racism in America came down. This time, it was in our own backyard. The Cleveland India...

Georgia Tech sweeps Pitt baseball, ending win streak

Georgia Tech sweeps Pitt baseball, ending win streak

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

May 10, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Riding a four-game win streak into its weekend series against Georgia Tech, the Pitt baseball team looked to get above .500 for the first time since April 7. Instead, the Yellow Jackets (23-21, 8-15 ACC) swept the Panthers (21-24, 8-16 ACC), winning a pair of one-run games before finishing the series...

Around the bases: defining hookup euphemisms

Around the bases: defining hookup euphemisms

By The Pitt News Staff

February 14, 2017


Filed under Uncategorized, Video, Visual

First base, second base, third base, home. We've heard these euphemisms to describe varying levels of intimacy since grade school, but it seems no one can agree on exactly what they mean. Some of us at The Pitt News had strong opinions, but in the end, it's up to you to decide. Despite the stories w...

COLUMN: It’s not too early to start thinking about baseball

COLUMN: It’s not too early to start thinking about baseball

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

January 18, 2017


Filed under Sports Columns

As a football fan, I tuned in to watch all four of this weekend’s NFL playoff games. Despite the NFL’s assurances of excitement that bombarded me, courtesy of their enormous advertising machine, I could not help but walk away from the latest slate of games dissatisfied. This weekend featured a game with the larges...

Pitt baseball, track and field coaches announce 2016-17 schedules

Pitt baseball, track and field coaches announce 2016-17 schedules

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 16, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

For Pitt head baseball coach Joe Jordano and head track and field coach Alonzo Webb, revealing their teams’ respective 2016-17 schedules on Tuesday meant new opportunities for their teams to show significant advancement as ACC competitors — a task both coaches think is achievable by the end of their seasons. Jordano made the announcement in a press release ...

Gallery: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs

By Matt Hawley | Staff Photographer

July 12, 2016


Filed under Sports, Visual

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Pitt topples West Virginia University, 4-1

Pitt topples West Virginia University, 4-1

By Steve Rotstein / Staff Writer

April 13, 2016


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

Although fellow Pitt baseball starting pitchers T.J. Zeuch and Aaron Sandefur are grabbing all the headlines this year, Sam Mersing snagged the spotlight against West Virginia Tuesday night. Mersing allowed just three hits and one walk with seven strikeouts over six scoreless innings to improve to 5-2 on th...

Leblanc, Harris earn player of the week honors

Leblanc, Harris earn player of the week honors

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

April 4, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

While only one of the two teams earned an ACC series win this weekend, players on both the Pitt softball and baseball teams earned conference honors Monday afternoon. The ACC recognized softball’s Kayla Harris as the conference’s co-pitcher of the week, while baseball’s Charles Leblanc took home the...

Zeuch, Sandefur lead Pitt baseball to first ACC series win of season

Zeuch, Sandefur lead Pitt baseball to first ACC series win of season

By Steve Rotstein / Staff Writer

March 28, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

T.J. Zeuch’s return couldn’t have come at a better time for the Pitt baseball team. With their ace back after missing the early portion of the season due to injury, the Panthers have won three out of four since his season debut last week against Florida State, as Zeuch helped power the Panthers...

Gallery: Pitt Baseball vs. BC 3/24/16

Gallery: Pitt Baseball vs. BC 3/24/16

By Jordan Mondell | Staff Photographer

March 25, 2016


Filed under Sports, Visual

Yarnall powers Pitt to weekend sweep over Grambling State

By Steve Rotstein / Staff Writer

February 28, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Nick Yarnall hit baseballs so hard this weekend that he might have to check his aluminum bat for dents.  The junior led off the top of the third inning for the Panthers Friday afternoon with a solo blast to center field. But his weekend was just getting started, as he would tee off on five home runs ...

Pitt baseball opens season, goes 3-1 in Florida

Pitt baseball opens season, goes 3-1 in Florida

By Steve Rotstein / Staff Writer

February 21, 2016


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

The Pitt baseball team started its 2016 season at the Historic Dodgertown Classic in Vero Beach, Florida, with an offensive explosion against Niagara University but lagged behind for the weekend’s main event against Ohio State. During the tied season opener Friday night, cleanup hitter Alex Kowalczyk calml...

Pitt baseball releases 2016 schedule

Pitt baseball releases 2016 schedule

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 8, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt announced its 2016 baseball schedule Monday, unveiling another series of steep challenges in the competitive ACC. The regular season starts on Feb. 19, with the Historic Dodgertown Classic in Vero Beach, Florida, where Pitt opens up against Niagara. Head coach Joe Jordano said in a release that ...

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


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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...

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


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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...

Three Panthers selected in 2015 MLB draft

Three Panthers selected in 2015 MLB draft

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

June 10, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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 ...

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


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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...

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


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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 ...

Pitt baseball loses two of three to Yellow Jackets in Atlanta

By Stephen Caruso / Staff Writer

May 12, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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...

Mersing’s pitching gem wasted in 1-0 loss

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

April 14, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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...

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


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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...

Pitt’s offensive explosion snaps losing streak

Pitt’s offensive explosion snaps losing streak

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

April 8, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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...

Three keys to Pitt baseball’s upcoming games

Three keys to Pitt baseball’s upcoming games

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

April 7, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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 ...

Panthers’ offense disappears in three weekend losses

Panthers’ offense disappears in three weekend losses

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

April 5, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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...

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


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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...

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


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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...

Baseball, softball gear up for midweek action

Baseball, softball gear up for midweek action

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 24, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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 ...

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


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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 (...

Panthers win slugfest in last game of homestand

Panthers win slugfest in last game of homestand

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

March 18, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Women's Basketball

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 ...

Pitt drops two more in slow start

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

February 22, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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 ...

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


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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...

One of baseball’s finest: Blind sportswriter Ed Lucas shares his experiences

One of baseball’s finest: Blind sportswriter Ed Lucas shares his experiences

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 10, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

Nestled deep within Union, New Jersey, lives one of baseball’s most significant figures and one of its best stories.Some of the top authorities on baseball history may know who Ed Lucas is, though most don’t. But whether you are a sports fan or not, his story will resonate.Lucas knew baseball legen...

Price of tickets an obstacle in enjoying sporting events

Price of tickets an obstacle in enjoying sporting events

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

October 8, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

It’s been said time and again that the best things in life are free. By that logic, being a sports fan is far from one of the best things in life.The time and emotional energy that many of us invest in our favorite teams is significant. I can’t count the number of times that Penn State football or ...

Large payrolls do not always translate to playoff success

Large payrolls do not always translate to playoff success

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

September 23, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

I grew up thinking I didn’t hate the Yankees. Then, around age 12, I realized what a moron I’d been and thought about the amount of time I wasted not hating the Yankees. So, I blindly hated the Yankees. And then I learned how the world works and how money works ­— what difference is there, re...

Depth put on display in first scrimmage of fall season

Depth put on display in first scrimmage of fall season

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 22, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Early offense allowed Pitt baseball to cruise to a 14-6 victory in a 12-inning exhibition contest over the Ontario Blue Jays.Most of the Panthers’ runs came in three spurts — four each in the first, fifth and 11th inning. In all, they totaled 17 hits, while the Blue Jays — an 18-and-under team from...

Former catcher recaptures spark, work ethic in Single-A

Former catcher recaptures spark, work ethic in Single-A

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 12, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After finishing an All-Big East campaign in 2013 with the Pitt baseball team, catcher Elvin Soto decided to move on to the big leagues and was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 16th round. It’s oftentimes a difficult jump from college to the minor leagues, and Soto followed that trend in ...

Walk-up music a crucial fixture for Pirates players

Walk-up music a crucial fixture for Pirates players

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

May 7, 2014


Filed under Archives

Whenever Pittsburgh Pirates closer Jason Grilli emerges from the outfield to wrap up a game at PNC Park, no matter what the situation might be, there’s always an element of consistency.Much like Mariano Rivera’s adoption of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” Grilli finds motivation from a steady ...

Column: Instant replay in baseball a good thing

Column: Instant replay in baseball a good thing

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

April 2, 2014


Filed under Archives

When it was announced on Jan. 16 that Major League Baseball unanimously decided to expand instant replay, allowing managers to challenge at least one play during the span of each game, many, including myself, were skeptical.The decision expanded the previous incarnation of replay reviews in baseball, as...

Dear Kelly: BUCN Edition, 4/3

By A&E Staff

April 2, 2014


Filed under Archives

Dear Kelly,It’s baseball season again, and that means that my girlfriend is going to abandon me for the other love of her life: the Pittsburgh Pirates. Now it’s all BUCN, all the time — Pirates jerseys, Jolly Rogers, Pirates games, constant flashes of the Zoltan sign and even a life-sized wax scu...

The A&E Staff picks their favorite baseball flicks

The A&E Staff picks their favorite baseball flicks

By A&E Staff / The Pitt News

April 2, 2014


Filed under Archives

With baseball season upon us, the A&E Staff celebrated the occasion by compiling a sample of our all-time favorite baseball films.“Major League” (1989)Simultaneously a satire of every underdog sports story ever told and one of the most entertaining underdog sports films of all time, “Major League” is a different ...

Teenie Harris’s Love of Baseball, on Film

Teenie Harris’s Love of Baseball, on Film

By Vincent Smith / Senior Staff Writer

April 2, 2014


Filed under Archives

Now on display at the Carnegie Museum of Art is an exhibit showcasing Charles “Teenie” Harris’ love for the game of baseball  — and it comes just in time for the start of the Major League season.Harris, the historic photographer who worked for years with the Pittsburgh Courier, an African-American newspaper, amassed ...

Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson

By Photo courtesy Pitt Athletics

March 17, 2014


Filed under Archives

Matt Johnson is hitting .246 and has started all of the Panthers games but one. 

Hobie Harris

Hobie Harris

By Photo courtesy Pitt Athletics

March 17, 2014


Filed under Archives

Hobie Harris has posted a 3.15 earned run average in his team-high eight appearances.

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