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Pitt baseball on the rise with a series win against No. 11 North Carolina

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Last weekend it was a win against No. 1 Virginia for the Pitt baseball team. This weekend, the Panthers had another impressive showing with a series win against No. 11 North Carolina.

The Panthers sandwiched a 3-1 loss on Saturday with a 12-9 win on Friday and a walk-off 3-2 win on Sunday. Eric Hess was the hero with an RBI single in extra innings to give the team the win and the series.

As usual, Pitt got decent starting pitching. Sunday's pitcher Matt Berube had the best outing, going seven innings giving up a single run while striking out seven. Aaron Sandefur took the loss on Saturday despite giving up only two runs (one earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Ace T.J. Zeuch struggled in the opener, giving up three runs in only four innings. But he also struck out seven batters and none of those runs were earned due to a two-out error (after which, North Carolina scored three runs).

Pitt got off to a slow start to the season but the Panthers are on quite the roll lately. After taking a game against Virginia last weekend, the team swept a two-game series with Niagara in mid-week action. They then took two out of three against the Tar Heels to win four out of five.

At only 8-9, the Panthers still have a ways to go. But this weekend's games gave them three wins over Top 15 teams on the year and hanging with one of the ACC's best teams is a really good sign.

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