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Pitt baseball moves to 6-1 with weekend sweep over Grambling State

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Pitt's baseball team opened its season last weekend going 3-1. The Panthers finished with a disappointing loss to Niagara but rebounded well this weekend.

Pitt swept Grambling State in three games, dominating in each one. The Panthers won by at least eight runs in each contest, with 16-6, 14-6, and 18-5 victories. While the final score in Sunday's 18-5 victory was lopsided, that was a close contest until the Panthers blew things open for a 15-run (nope, not a typo) seventh inning.

Sunday's win was extra special as it was the 800th career win for head coach Joe Jordano.

On the series, Pitt had a huge trio of games from junior Nick Yarnall. Yarnall had five home runs in the three-game set, but the unbelievable part is how he did it. Twice, Yarnall homered two times in the same inning, going deep twice in the fifth inning of Game 2 and twice in the 7th of Game 3. To do that in back-to-back games is incredible when you think about it.

Also of note was that the team was again without ace and top pitching prospect T.J. Zeuch. Zeuch didn't go last week, either, and I haven't seen anything on his status yet.

Next up for the program is a three-game set against New Orleans next week. That one will also be on the road, so the Panthers should have some more warm weather down south. After that, Pitt will get into ACC play with a series against North Carolina the following weekend.

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