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Pitt baseball tops Penn State, continues momentum

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The Pitt baseball team continued its momentum on Tuesday, defeating Penn State, 3-2 at home. The Panthers (14-12) got a little timely hitting and some strong pitching to pick up another win.

One of the highlights was football coach Pat Narduzzi throwing out the first pitch. One of the lowlights? Someone apparently didn't get Narduzzi's proper size as that jersey looks like a pretty tight fit.

The win over the Nittany Lions is just the latest in a mini-resurgence after a slow start. A couple of weekends back, the Panthers swept Virginia Tech in a three-game series. And while they dropped a non-conference game to West Virginia after that, they went on to take two out of three from Duke and then beat Penn State this week. Add it all up and the Panthers have won six of their last eight contests.

And don't look now, but the Panthers' 6-6 ACC record has them tied for second in the Coastal.

The Panthers probably aren't going to be challenging for an ACC title this year and the schedule does get more difficult. Right now, they're just scrapping out wins with a limited roster. They don't have anyone hitting even .280 and their .234 team batting average is among the worst in college baseball. Plus, after the departure of first-round MLB draft pick T.J. Zeuch, the rotation is missing a truly dominant ace. The staff has been solid and the pitching is ahead of the hitting, but there's work to be done there, too. But for now, anyway, the team is at least competing and on a bit of a streak.

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