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Pitt Baseball Picked Last in ACC Coastal



Pitt baseball has been picked finish in last place in the ACC Coastal Division this spring by the conference’s head coaches.

With 18 vote points, the Panthers finished last in the Coastal and with just one more point than last-place Notre Dame in the conference at large.

The Panthers are coming off a 21-34 season that saw them finish 8-22 and dead last in the ACC, missing the conference tournament in head coach Mike Bell’s first season.

Of the 14 teams in the conference, 12 have made the tournament since 2017. Before that, 10 teams made the postseason in 2015-16 and eight in 2014.

Pitt has missed the conference tournament in five of six seasons in the conference and has finished in last place in the Coastal Division twice.

The Panthers did make the tournament in 2018, winning their first two games to advance out of pool play before falling to Louisville in the semifinals in the final season for former head coach Joe Jordano.

Louisville was named the conference’s overall favorite and the best team in the Atlantic Division, while Miami is the top pick to come out of the Coastal. The Cardinals finished as the top overall seed a year ago, but were eliminated in pool play of the ACC Tournament.

North Carolina eventually emerged as the ACC champions in 2019. The Tar Heels were picked second behind Miami the Coastal and received one first-place vote.

Clemson and Georgia Tech also received divisional first-place votes.

Pitt’s season starts on Feb. 14 with a doubleheader against Indiana State and St. Joseph’s in Port Charlotte, Fla. The Panthers’ home opener is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3 against Youngstown State. ACC play starts on Friday, March 6 for the first of three games at Coastal favorites Miami.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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