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Pitt Baseball Climbs in Latest National Rankings

Pitt Baseball Climbs in Latest National Rankings

The Pitt baseball team continued their rise in the national rankings–and as one of the best stories of the college baseball season.

Following being ranked last week for the first time since 2013, Mike Bell’s team moved up a few spots in the just released Baseball America rankings. Coming off weekend wins over Virginia, the Pitt Panthers have moved up to No. 14 in the national rankings. This is a jump of five spots for the Panthers, who are 11-4 overall, 8-3 in the ACC and 5-1 vs. top 25 teams.

Some other ACC teams ahead of Pitt in the Baseball America rankings are No. 12 Notre Dame, No. 11 North Carolina, No. 10 Georgia Tech, No. 7 Louisville. The top five consists of No. 1 Arkansas, No. 2 Mississippi State, No. 3 Vanderbilt, No. 4 Mississippi and No. 5 Florida.

Over the weekend, the starting duo of Mitch Myers and Matt Gilbertson shutdown Virginia as Pitt took the first two games of the series. In game one, Myers pitched a complete game, allowing only three hits and one run. On Sunday, Gilbertson followed that up by going eight innings and allowing only two runs.

The Panthers will look for the series sweep as they wrap up their weekend series against Virginia, with a first pitch of 2 p.m. The Panthers schedule for the rest of the week includes their home opener on Wednesday as they host Bucknell, followed by a weekend series at home against No. 22 Virginia Tech (March 26-28).

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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