The Pitt baseball team concluded its regular season over the weekend. The Panthers didn’t exactly finish strong, going 1-8 in their final nine ACC contests. Most recently, Pitt was swept by No. 7 Clemson and was largely not competitive, getting outscored 25-7 in those three contests.
A bright spot for the team, however, was that they managed to finish over .500 for the first time since joining the ACC with a 27-25 overall record. The 27 wins were the most by the program since winning 42 in their final Big East season in 2013. And another first for the team? They will play in their first ACC Tournament this week.
Pitt proved they have a lot of work to do in the conference over the last few weeks. They finished only 11-19 on the season in the ACC and are far back from the league’s best programs. Pitt did, however, win four ACC series (Virginia, Boston College, Georgia Tech, and Miami) and nearly won a fifth against Duke.
The question now becomes if that’s good enough for athletics director Heather Lyke. Lyke has shown in her short time here that she demands accountability from underperforming coaches. And while head coach Joe Jordano has done some good things at Pitt, the program has struggled to make much progress in the ACC prior to this season. His fate may be partially decided by what Pitt is able to accomplish in the conference tournament.