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Left: Derek West in 2019. Thomas Yang | Senior Staff Photographer. Center: Connor Perry in 2018. Thomas Yang | Senior Staff Photographer. Right: RJ Freure in 2018. TPN file photo.

Pitt minor leaguers traverse obstacles on and off the field in pursuit of MLB dreams

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor February 17, 2021
Major League Baseball’s farm system isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. Long hours, minimal compensation — instability only amplified further during the COVID-19 pandemic. But for many former Panthers, it’s all worth it for that shot at the big leagues.
The upcoming conference schedule for Panthers baseball consists of 12 ACC opponents as opposed to the normal 10, and several ranked opponents.

Building off a short 2020 season, Pitt baseball ready to take leap in 2021

By Alexander Ganias, Staff Writer February 3, 2021
Pitt baseball held its first team practice of 2021 on Friday, over nine months after the team’s last game — a long wait for a team coming off of a promising shortened season.
Pitt baseball head coach Mike Bell announced the Panthers 2021 ACC schedule on Tuesday.

Pitt baseball’s ACC schedule includes seven ranked opponents

By Alexander Ganias, Staff Writer January 20, 2021
Pitt baseball head coach Mike Bell announced the Panthers 2021 ACC schedule on Tuesday, which will feature 12 conference series, two more than the traditional 10.
The Tampa Bay Rays' Mike Zunino, right, celebrates a solo home run with teammate Kevin Kiermaier against the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series at Petco Park in San Diego on Oct. 17.

World Series Preview: Talented Dodgers to prevail over outmatched Rays

By Dalton Miller, Staff Writer October 20, 2020
The series will turn out competitive, but the Dodgers will win in six games.
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams pitches against the Cleveland Indians during an exhibition game at Progressive Field.

Column | The Pirates are sinking, abandon ship?

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer September 6, 2020
To be an awful team is one thing, but to be an awful team with the worst series of injuries in the major leagues is another. The four starting pitchers remaining from the 2019 team have barely played.
Canadian striker Chantelle Parker joins the 2020 Pitt women’s soccer team.

First-year Panthers to get to know

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor July 21, 2020
But don’t wait until you step into Heinz Field, the Pete or Fitzgerald Field House to start learning about your classmates. Get to know some of the stars of the class in 2020 before you join them in Pittsburgh.
Many athletes don’t have access to much of the equipment they normally would to train and have had to adapt to at-home workouts.

Pitt athletes ad-lib training at home

By Alex Lehmbeck, Staff Writer April 13, 2020
Organized sports in the United States are now paused due to coronavirus concerns, and the athletic world has come to a grinding halt. But players still need to stay ready for next season.
Pitt baseball head coach Mike Bell announced the Panthers 2021 ACC schedule on Tuesday.

Penguins prevail 7-5 in Pitt baseball’s home opener

By Henry Jackson, Staff Writer March 5, 2020
After getting off to one of the hottest starts in program history, Pitt baseball struggled to find a rhythm Wednesday against Youngstown State and fell in its home opener.
Sophomore outfielder Kyle Hess is the team leader in hits (17), RBIs (18) and total bases (32).

Panther Spotlight: Hess, Vera, Phillips impress as spring rolls in

By Ben Mankowski, Staff Writer March 3, 2020
Kyle Hess, Blaise Vera and Breanna Phillips all impressed for their respective Pitt sports teams over the past week.
Pitt starter junior Chris Cappas threw five scoreless innings against Lehigh, giving up one hit and striking out a career-high nine batters to earn his first victory of 2020.

Pitt baseball picks up 4 wins in Florida over weekend

By Marshall Worth, Staff Writer March 1, 2020
Pitt baseball continued its red-hot start to the season over the weekend, sweeping its quartet of matchups against Lehigh and Central Connecticut State in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational in Sanford, Florida. With the wins, Pitt improved its record to 10-1, good for its best start since 2002 and first-place in the ACC Coastal division.
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