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Pitt Baseball: Midweek losses hurting Panthers' season

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Fresh off of a promising showing against No. 1 Virginia over the weekend, Pitt's baseball team again stumbled, dropping a 7-5 game to Akron on Tuesday. While the Panthers have shown some promise this year, midweek games have proved to be a difficult obstacle for the team.

Pitt actually started out very well in the midweek games this season, winning their first four defeating Presbyterian (twice), Youngstown State, and Akron. The Panthers, though, haven't been as fortunate lately.

Pitt lost a disappointing 6-3 game against West Virginia a few weeks ago on March 25th. The following week, they dropped another game to the Mountaineers and also fell to Youngstown State. Yesterday's defeat to the Zips gave them their fourth straight midweek loss.

The frustrating thing is that those haven't been losses against world beaters. Youngstown State has been horrendous and sits at 5-21 on the year. Akron and West Virginia are significantly better but both are hovering around the .500 mark. Simply put, a team like Pitt that has competed well in the difficult ACC should be doing better in the midweek games. The Panthers won a series against a ranked Georgia Tech team and took a game from No. 1 Virginia. The team has to clean up better against the weaker teams on the schedule.

One thing that's plagued Pitt this year has been a large amount of errors. The Panthers had seven (yeah, that's not a typo) against Akron and that's just far too many. Seems like one step forward one step back for this team.

This weekend, Pitt heads to Miami to take on the ranked Hurricanes.

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