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The crowd at the women’s soccer vs. Towson game Sunday.

To delight of fans and players, Ambrose Urbanic Field welcomes crowds back

By Zack Gibney, Senior Staff Writer September 14, 2021
It had been nearly two years since the last time fans packed the bleachers at Ambrose Urbanic Field. Prior to the 2021 season, Pitt athletics announced that after a COVID-19-induced hiatus, spectators would be once again allowed to watch a live sporting event on Pitt’s upper campus.
Senior midfielder Jackson Walti, a returning player on Pitt mens soccer.

Column | Walti, Noel need to lead young stars to keep men’s soccer elite

By Zack Gibney, Senior Staff Writer August 20, 2021
While there is no doubt that coach Jay Vidovich has turned a previously hapless program into a legitimate powerhouse, last year’s “national contender” label and its sustainability will be put to the test. 
At just 18 years old, William Jeffress has shown maturity and personability that is unmatched by most teenagers — setting him up to lead a new-look Panther team.

At 18, Jeffress’ maturity, humility set him apart to lead a new-look Panther team

By Zack Gibney, Senior Staff Writer July 14, 2021
William Jeffress did something nobody else had done in some time — he asked how his coach was holding up. At just 18 years old, Jeffress has shown maturity and personability that is unmatched by most teenagers, setting him up to lead a new-look Panther team.
Club and intramural sports, such as men’s club lacrosse, are a popular way for students to stay active and continue to play the sports they love.

Column | Play club, intramural sports to stay active

By Zack Gibney, Staff Writer June 27, 2021
Pitt has a plethora of options that allow students to stay active without having to make the same degree of commitment to play a Division I sport. Whether you’re looking to play competitively or just to pass time with friends, there is no shortage of opportunities at Pitt.
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.
Staff writer Zack Gibney argues that Pitt Baseball’s omission from the National Tournament exposes the selection committee and the entire system’s inconsistencies and flaws.

Column | Pitt omission from NCAA Baseball Tournament magnifies flawed system

By Zack Gibney, Staff Writer June 9, 2021
While Pitt Baseball's sluggish finish was certainly a variable that the team could have avoided, its absence from the national bracket comes thanks to a lack of diligence on the part of the committee, a patently ridiculous ranking system and an absence of consistency.
The Panthers will send their first relay team to nationals in seven years, as the foursome posted their season-best and fifth-fastest in program history with a time of 3:06.92 in the 4x400m event.

Men’s 4×400 relay team qualifies for NCAA Outdoor Championships

By Zack Gibney, Staff Writer June 2, 2021
The NCAA Track and Field East Preliminary Round came to a close over the weekend in Jacksonville, Florida. Multiple Panthers had solid performances, but the weekend was headlined by the Pitt men’s 4x400m relay team earning a bid to the NCAA Outdoor Championships after finishing No. 7 overall at the event.
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.
Although the overall team scores left Pitt’s track and field program below most of the other ACC programs, there were some notable individual performances at the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend.

Three trips to the podium headline Panthers’ performance at ACC Outdoor Meet

By Zack Gibney, Staff Writer May 19, 2021
Three trips to the podium, two first-team all-ACC performances to go along with six second-team selections and four school records headlined the weekend for the Panthers. The men’s team finished 10th place overall at the event while the women’s team placed 12th.
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