44 days until the ACC: Pitt baseball + ACC = Omaha?
With Pitt having such a successful baseball season, it's time to look at the baseball conference the Panthers will enter in 2014. Simply put - the ACC is the best baseball conference this season. It has the top rated RPI, with four schools in the top ten and nine in the top 26. The ACC also has five or six ranked teams depending on the poll, as well as the top ranked team in the country in North Carolina. Good thing Pitt's on the upswing this season...
Speaking of this season, the Panthers are looking towards the goal of reaching Omaha for the College World Series, something that the school has never done. But after watching Stony Brook and Kent State punch tickets to Omaha last season, Sam Werner of the Post Gazette writes that this team has a "Why not us?" attitude.
As Pitt baseball coach Joe Jordano watched Cinderella stories Stony Brook and Kent State crash the College World Series a year ago, he couldn't shake one thought in his mind: "Why not Pitt?"
A bit ambitious for a team most pegged to finish in the middle of the pack in the Big East Conference? Maybe. But Jordano and, more importantly, his players believed reaching Omaha, Neb., the longtime site of the College World Series, was a realistic goal.