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Junior infielder Sky Duff celebrates a grand slam to right-center field during Pitt’s first home ACC series win of the 2021 season vs. Miami.

Pitt baseball looks to rebuild after emotional 2021 campaign

By Zack Gibney, Senior Staff Writer January 12, 2022
Head coach Mike Bell and the Panthers will now look to recalibrate as they head into the 2022 season — one with no shortage of questions to be answered.
Pitt Club Hurling at the Al O’Leary tournament in Akron, Ohio.

Club hurling provides students with ‘a whole new friend group’

By Zack Gibney, Senior Staff Writer November 17, 2021
Pitt club hurling competes at the highest level of collegiate hurling — the National Collegiate Gaelic Athletic Association — and won back-to-back national titles from 2019 to 2020.
A stream of Pirates fans cross the Roberto Clemente bridge.

Point-Counterpoint | Money is the root of the Pirates’ problems

By Zack Gibney, Senior Staff Writer November 17, 2021
Senior staff writer Zack Gibney argues the Pirates’ shallow pockets put them at an insurmountable disadvantage compared to other MLB teams.
Pitt’s Rodrigo Almeida prepares to kick the ball at a game against the University of Massachusetts at Ambrose Urbanic Field on Monday.

From Brazil to Pittsburgh, Rodrigo Almeida embodies Pitt’s vision of a soccer program

By Zack Gibney, Senior Staff Writer October 28, 2021
A native of Salvador, Brazil, Almeida picked up soccer at a young age. The game was a part of Almieda’s life in his youth and he grew to love it more as he got older.
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 13, 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 22, 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.
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