Pitt baseball wins school-record 40th game with season ending series against Louisville ahead

Pitt did what they've done all season long - sweep teams.

The baseball team won three straight from Villanova this weekend and with an 18-3 record, sit alone in first place ahead of Louisville. The win was the 40th on the season and broke the old school record of 39 from the 1995 team. As I theorized as a possibility last week, that season-ending series with the Cardinals now will be with the Big East title on the line.

It's pretty simple if Pitt wins the series. If they take two out of three or sweep Louisville, they're the regular season Big East champs. From what I can gather from the conference's tiebreaker rules, a series loss, though, likely knocks them out of the running.

If you're feeling adventurous, here are the Big East tiebreaker rules to determine seedings for the conference tournament. A two-way tie is fairly straightforward, and Pitt would lose that since the tiebreaker is head to head. But a three-way tie is where things would get complicated. If Pitt goes 1-2 against Louisville and Seton Hall sweeps St. John's, you have three teams each with five losses. It's actually not all that far-fetched.

Based on what I've figured out, I think Pitt still loses out. But there are a ton of weird components (i.e. group record against each of the other two teams, but Seton Hall hasn't played Pitt or Louisville ...).

The bottom line is that the Panthers really need to take care of business and win two out of three next weekend against Louisville to ensure they win the crown and walk away with the top seed.

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