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Pitt baseball team shut out of All-ACC awards

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As I wrote recently, Pitt's baseball team suffered a down season, resulting in missing the ACC Tournament. The Panthers were also on the outside looking in when it came to individual recognition, too.

Pitt had zero players on the three All-ACC squads announced by the conference on Monday. The Panthers were one of only a few teams without a representative. That's a far cry from last year in the Big East when eight players were named to the top two teams (three on the first team) and Joe Jordano was Manager of the Year.

The Panthers lost several of those eight players including Ethan Mildren and Elvin Soto, who were both taken in the MLB Draft. Still, not having a single player on any team shows you how down of a season the team really had.

In particular, the season had to be a tremendous disappointment for Casey Roche, despite a decent individual season. Not only did the team falter badly, but Roche failed to live up to the hype when he was even named as a Preseason All-American.

You could possibly make a case for a couple of guys. Jon Danielczyk was strong in relief with a 4-0 record, 2.61 ERA and tossing nearly a strikeout an inning, for example. But really, hard to say too many guys were worthy of recognition.

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