Pitt baseball’s magical string of upset victories finally ran out on Saturday afternoon, as the Panthers lost, 5-2 to Louisville in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament.
The Panthers trailed early, as the Cardinals pushed three runs across against sophomore starter Dan Hammer (2-6), while Pitt was unable to crack Louisville starter Nick Bennett.
Pitt closed the gap in the sixth inning with a two-run home run off the bat of freshman Ron Washington, Jr., but the Cardinals plated two more in the seventh off Yaya Chentouf to pull away.
The Panthers’ season ends with a 2-1 showing in the ACC Tournament in the team’s first postseason appearance since joining the conference in 2013. Pitt finished the season 29-26, with the most wins and first winning season while playing in the ACC.
It won’t be a long offseason for many Panthers, as the MLB Draft begins in just nine days. Seniors Nick Banman, Frank Maldonado, T.J. Pagan, Caleb Parry and Matt Pidich have played their final game in a Pitt uniform, while 11 more players are draft-eligible.
Pitt skipper Joe Jordano will look to replenish his roster with a highly rated recruiting class that’s led by Penn Cambria left-handed pitcher Mason Ronan.