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Zeuch headlines five Panthers selected in 2016 MLB Draft

Zeuch headlines five Panthers selected in 2016 MLB Draft

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

June 14, 2016


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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

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

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

June 11, 2016


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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...

Chicago White Sox draft Pitt’s Aaron Schnurbusch in 28th round

Chicago White Sox draft Pitt’s Aaron Schnurbusch in 28th round

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

June 11, 2016


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Pitt senior outfielder Aaron Schnurbusch became Pitt’s fourth player taken in the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Saturday afternoon. Schnurbusch was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 28th round (No. 836 overall) on Day 3 of the draft. Earlier in the day, senior catcher Alex Kowalcz...

Pitt’s Alex Kowalczyk drafted in 12th round by Texas Rangers

Pitt’s Alex Kowalczyk drafted in 12th round by Texas Rangers

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

June 11, 2016


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Pitt catcher Alex Kowalczyk joined pitcher T.J. Zeuch and shortstop Charles LeBlanc as the third Panther selected in the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Saturday afternoon. The Texas Rangers selected Kowalczyk in the 12th round (No. 369 overall) on Day 3 of the draft, Pitt’s second player drafte...

Texas Rangers draft Pitt shortstop Charles LeBlanc in 4th round

Texas Rangers draft Pitt shortstop Charles LeBlanc in 4th round

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

June 10, 2016


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Shortstop Charles LeBlanc is now the second Pitt Panther selected in the 2016 MLB Draft. The Texas Rangers drafted the Quebec native in the fourth round with the No. 129 overall pick in the draft on Friday afternoon. LeBlanc joins former pitcher T.J. Zeuch, selected in the first round by the Toronto ...

Blue Jays select Pitt’s T.J. Zeuch No. 21 overall

Blue Jays select Pitt’s T.J. Zeuch No. 21 overall

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

June 9, 2016


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

Former pitcher T.J. Zeuch became only the second Pitt Panther ever selected in the first round of the MLB Draft Thursday night. Zeuch is Pitt’s first top pick since the Texas Rangers drafted Al Lachowicz No. 24 overall in 1981. The Toronto Blue Jays drafted Zeuch No. 21 overall in the 2016 MLB Fi...

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

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

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

May 23, 2016


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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...

Pitt baseball finishes season with two losses vs. Duke

Pitt baseball finishes season with two losses vs. Duke

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

May 21, 2016


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Although the Pitt baseball team didn’t achieve the goal it set at the beginning of the year, the 2016 season as a whole can be viewed as a successful one. The Panthers (25-26 overall, 10-18 ACC) remained in ACC Tournament contention until the final weekend after being picked to finish dead last before ...

Pitt baseball swept in Miami

Pitt baseball swept in Miami

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

May 15, 2016


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The Pitt baseball team had three chances to shock the No. 4 Miami Hurricanes at Alex Rodriguez Park over the weekend, but came away empty-handed. Although the Panthers (25-23 overall, 10-16 ACC) put up a fight on the road against the ACC Coastal Division-leading Hurricanes (40-9 overall, 19-6 ACC), ...

Pitt baseball swept by defending champion Virginia

Pitt baseball swept by defending champion Virginia

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

May 1, 2016


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The Pitt baseball team had its six-game winning streak snapped against the reigning College World Series champion Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday afternoon. The home series began with a doubleheader on Saturday. No. 20 Virginia (30-17 overall, 14-10 ACC) took game one of the series by a 5-1 score,...

Zeuch carries on family tradition

Zeuch carries on family tradition

By Steve Rotstein / Staff Writer

April 22, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Sports Features

It was the bottom of the eighth inning March 7, 2015, in Cary, North Carolina, and an upset was in the making. The Pitt Panthers were facing the No. 1 team in the country — the eventual College World Series champion Virginia Cavaliers. The stands were packed with MLB scouts hoping to catch a glim...

Pitt baseball brings down Virginia Tech on the road

Pitt baseball brings down Virginia Tech on the road

By Steve Rotstein / Staff Writer

April 17, 2016


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Although the Pitt baseball team maintained its reputation for dropping the series opener, it still picked up a road ACC series win in Blacksburg, Virginia, last weekend. Virginia Tech (12-25, 3-15 ACC) took game one Friday, 5-4, the seventh consecutive time Pitt has lost a series opener. The Panthers (...

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


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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...

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


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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...

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


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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...

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


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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...

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