The Pitt baseball team continued its recent hot streak last week. The Panthers not only won a mid-week matchup against Youngstown State, 9-5, but also took two games out of three from Boston College over the weekend.
The Panthers are 5-1 over their last six contests, improving their record to 17-11.
Unfortunately, this weekend’s games weren’t televised so you couldn’t watch the action. But the Panthers defeated the Eagles in the first half of a double header, 9-4, before taking Game 2 in extra innings, 6-4. On Sunday, the team was shut out, 8-0, but still won its second straight series by winning both games on Saturday.
Defeating Boston College in the series was a virtual must. The Eagles are 10-19 overall and 5-10 in the conference making them arguably the worst team in the ACC. If Pitt wants to do much of anything this year, beating teams like Boston College this season has to happen.
Pitt technically remains last in the ACC Coastal but that’s deceiving as the team s actually in the middle of the pack of the conference. Three Coastal teams have 6-9 conference records (Pitt, Virginia, Virginia Tech) but the Panthers look better than each of those teams and have better overall records. Pitt’s 17-11 record and 6-9 conference mark is also better than both Notre Dame and Boston College from the Coastal.
Additionally, the next two conference teams with slightly better conference records (Miami at 7-8 and Wake Forest at 6-8) both have significantly worse overall records than Pitt. The Panthers look like the 7th or 8th best team in the conference right now, which places them squarely in the middle of the ACC.
The team needed to show improvement this year and, so far, they’re doing that.
Weather permitting, Pitt has mid-week games this week against Kent State and West Virginia before a series with Georgia Tech over the weekend. The Yellow Jackets series will be particularly interesting as they are right around where Pitt is at 19-13 and 8-7 in the conference.