Pitt baseball ends disappointing first season in ACC; misses postseason tournament

Coming into this season, Pitt's baseball program was on the rise. After a disappointing year, though, the team has taken a step back.

The Panthers' season officially ended on Saturday with a 5-4 loss to Notre Dame. That defeat capped a six-game losing streak as Pitt stumbled their way to the finish line in sweeps to the Irish and Maryland. Those six losses also helped seal the team's postseason fate.

Pitt not only won't be playing in the NCAAs this year, but they didn't even reach the ACC postseason tournament that hosts the top ten teams. The Panthers were neck and neck with North Carolina State heading into this weekend, but the three Irish losses knocked them out of contention.

All in all, it was a pretty disappointing season. At only 22-30 on the season and 11-19 in the conference, Pitt didn't have a year to remember. We all knew that the move to the ACC was going to mean a more difficult schedule, but finishing significantly below .500 after last year's successes is hard to swallow.

There were a few bright spots that I'll hit on a little later. But the bad far outweighed the good and the Panthers are heading home without even reaching the conference tournament.

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