It's still biting cold outside, but it isn't too early so start looking towards baseball season. As MLB pitchers and catchers begin to report to spring training across the country, some news has broken related to the national pastime at the collegiate level in Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Panthers' baseball team, coming off a program-best 42 wins in 2013, will have ten games broadcast online via ESPN's free streaming service, ESPN 3. The team only had six total games streamed on ESPN3 last year, and the Panthers – who climbed as high in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's national rankings as No. 16 – will be getting some added exposure.
"This is yet another great benefit to being a part of such a prestigious conference to be able to be televised 10 times for this upcoming baseball season," said Jordano, whose team returns six starting position players and two of their top three pitchers from 2013. "It provides our recruits, fans, alumni and friends of the program to see us in action throughout the season. We look forward to our challenge as we continue to build a program that will sustain success at the highest level. Television exposure is one aspect of that process moving forward. It is an exciting time for Pitt Baseball and all sports at the University of Pittsburgh."
The games being televised include three of the toughest series of the season for the Panthers. The first has the Panthers traveling to Chapel Hill, NC to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels, ranked No. 13 in the first NCAA preseason poll, with the the three-game series taking place between March 7th through March 9th. The next three-game series being broadcast will be when the Panthers host the No. 2 ranked Virginia Cavaliers at Cost Field April 4th through April 6th. The final streamed series of the season will also take place at Cost Field, when Pitt matches up against the Clemson Tigers, who are also ranked in the preliminary NCAA rankings at No. 17.
Pitt will also have the opener of their three-game series vs. Virginia Tech, taking place on March 14th at 3 PM, streamed on ESPN3, although the final two games of the series will not be available on the site.
The Panthers open up their season on Friday, February 14th, traveling down to Conway, South Carolina to take on the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers at noon.