The Pitt baseball team hit a mid-week roadblock this week, dropping games to Kent State and West Virginia. But the Panthers got back on track and remained hot in the ACC, taking two out of three games from Georgia Tech to win the series.
It marks the third consecutive ACC series won by the team.
Pitt (19-14) had a really good shot to sweep the series. The lone loss was a 7-3 defeat in Friday’s opener but the Panthers held a 3-1 lead before falling apart in the eighth and ninth innings to lose. The team, however, rebounded to win a pair of close games.
Pitt beat Georgia Tech in a 14-inning marathon on Saturday with a walk-off win off of a Liam Sabino single. The Panthers then pulled out a 6-5 win on Sunday to take the series.
Just as easily as the Panthers could have swept the series, however, they could have actually been swept themselves. in Game 2, Pitt faced a 2-0 deficit and trailed 2-1 until the eighth inning before scoring a pair of runs to briefly take the lead before the game was forced into extras. Then on Sunday, they trailed both 4-2 and 5-4 before scoring two runs in the seventh inning to move ahead. That the Panthers were able to score some runs late for come from behind victories makes the series win even more impressive.
The series win moves Pitt into fifth in the ACC Coastal and only one game back from both the Yellow Jackets and Miami. The Panthers are not likely to threaten for the division title but they could potentially move up as high as third, which would be a remarkable finish. Lots of baseball to still be played, however, and the team has two very tough series’ remaining on their schedule against ranked Louisville and Clemson squads.
This week, Pitt has mid-week rematches against West Virginia and Kent State before taking on Miami over the weekend.