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Zeuch headlines five Panthers selected in 2016 MLB Draft

Pitcher T.J. Zeuch is one of five Pitt Panthers selected in the 2016 MLB Draft. - Credit: Jeffrey Gamza/Pitt Athletics

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

June 14, 2016

Junior pitcher T.J. Zeuch became Pitt’s first player taken in the first round of the MLB Draft in 35 years Thursday night. By the end of the 2016 MLB Draft, five Panthers heard their names called. Zeuch became Pitt’s highest draft pick of all time and only the second Panther ever selected in the fi...

Los Angeles Dodgers draft Pitt’s Nick Yarnall in 35th round

Pitt's Nick Yarnall (33) became the fifth Panther selected in the 2016 MLB Draft.  Emily Klenk | Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

June 11, 2016

Junior utility man Nick Yarnall is Pitt’s fifth player selected in the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft. The Los Angeles Dodgers took Yarnall in the 35th round of the draft (No. 1061 overall) on Saturday night. He joins pitcher T.J. Zeuch, shortstop Charles LeBlanc, catcher Alex Kowalczyk and outf...

LeBlanc, Zeuch, Yarnall and Chentouf earn All-ACC honors

Charles LeBlanc was voted by the coaches as the best shortstop in the ACC in 2016. | Courtesy of Pitt Athletics

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

May 23, 2016

With their season coming to a close this past weekend, four Pitt Panthers earned All-ACC baseball honors on Monday afternoon. Sophomore shortstop Charles LeBlanc — who hails from Quebec — highlighted the selections, becoming the first Pitt player to make the All-ACC first team since the Panther...

Penn State defeats Pitt, 11-6, sweeps season series

Penn State swept the season series against Pitt for the second consecutive year. Photo Courtesy of Linsey Fagan

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

May 12, 2016

The Pitt baseball team drew 12 walks and knocked 12 base hits Wednesday night, but the number players and coaches will likely remember is 18. As in, 18 men left on base. Pitt (25-20 overall, 10-13 ACC) dropped the second game of its home-and-home season series against Penn State (26-23 overall) at C...

Pitt baseball defeats Youngstown State in rain-shortened game, 5-3

Pitcher Collin Liberatore (32) picked up his third win of the season against Youngstown State on Tuesday night. Photo Courtesy of Linsey Fagan

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

May 10, 2016

Mother nature may have erased five runs off the Pitt baseball team’s stat sheet, but she arrived too late to wipe out the Panthers’ win. Pitt (25-19 overall, 10-13 ACC) returned home after a successful weekend at Notre Dame with a rain-shortened 5-3 victory over the Youngstown State Penguins (...

Pitt thwarts Youngstown State in mid-week showdown

Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Staff Writer

April 20, 2016

In enemy territory, the Pitt baseball team had no problem icing the Youngstown State University Penguins. Thanks to a quick 6-0 lead against YSU, the Panthers defeated their Ohio rivals by a score of 17-5 on Wednesday night at Eastwood Field. The Panthers threatened early, loading the bases with two outs...

Yarnall powers Pitt to weekend sweep over Grambling State

By Steve Rotstein / Staff Writer

February 28, 2016

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 aims to learn from mental mistakes in new season

Nate Smith / Senior Staff Photographer

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

August 30, 2015

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

Courtesy of Kalamazoo Growlers

By Joe Rokicki / For the Pitt News

August 30, 2015

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...

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