Pitt baseball beating teams with the long ball this season

Justin Sullivan

Pitt's baseball team is off to an amazing 19-6 start this season. The Panthers' pitching has been solid and, as we saw last weekend against Towson, has even carried the team at times. But Pitt has won their fair share of games with offense.

The Panthers are certainly moving runners and scoring with timely base hits, but the team is excelling when it comes to power as well. As of last week, Pitt ranked 12th in the nation home runs.

Individually, the Panthers didn't have any players among the top 50 in the nation in hits, but that's not true when it comes to home runs. Outfielder Steven Shelinksy was tied for ninth in the nation with seven heading into this past weekend. He hit one more against Towson on Friday to give him eight on the season. Casey Roche's five also ranked him in the top 50, tied for 34th.

Once the competition gets a bit tougher, Pitt may slow down a bit when it comes to home runs. But for now, they're among the NCAA's best.

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