It took four tries, but the Pitt baseball team finally has its first series win of the season. The Panthers took two out of three games against Virginia over the weekend and it was also the first time the team defeated the Cavaliers in a series since joining the ACC.
Pitt got off to a slow start after losing the opener on Friday, 10-7. But a 7-5 win on Saturday and a 4-1 victory in Game 3 on Sunday gave the Panthers the series victory.
Offense was the name of the game in the first two matchups but Sunday was more of a pitchers duel. Pitt got a great start from junior Blair Calvo, who didn’t give up a run in his five innings of work. Calvo has been roughed up quite a bit in conference play so it was nice to see him get on track. He hadn’t had one good start in ACC play this year in his other three tries as the team’s No. 3 starter and you had to wonder if a bad start would have meant Pitt might try someone else in that spot.
Senior Frank Maldonado was the key for the Panthers. He had an amazing series driving in a total of nine runs - exactly three in each game. In all, he was 5-9 from the plate.
Pitt now sits at 14-10 on the year and 4-8 in conference. Next up will be a weekend series at Boston College. That series is really a must-win for the Panthers as Boston College is only 9-16 on the season and the worst team in the conference.
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