No. 17 Pitt baseball will spend yet another weekend idle due to a persisting COVID-19 outbreak among the team. The Panthers were scheduled to play four games against the Northern Kentucky Norse at Charles L. Cost Field this weekend, before the series was cancelled on Monday afternoon.
“The cancellation is due to the Panthers remaining in COVID protocol. The team is adhering to the outlined protocols within the ACC Medical Advisory Group report,” a release from the program said.
This is the second series affected by COVID-19 protocols for Pitt this season. The first came last weekend, when the Panthers were forced to call a marquee 3-game set vs. No. 7 Louisville due to positive tests, contact tracing and quarantining within the program.Team activities have been shut down since Tuesday.
Despite their inactivity, Pitt actually jumped up a spot in the ACC Coastal Division leaderboard. The Panthers entered last weekend sharing second place with Georgia Tech. But after the Rambling Wreck dropped two of three to Florida State and first-place Virginia Tech was swept by NC State, Pitt sits alone at the top of the division and third in the conference overall at 14-10.
The Panthers dropped one spot — from 16 to 17 in D1Baseball.com’s top-25, but still climbed to No. 14 in Baseball America’s poll, tying the highest it’s ever reached in any national ranking in program history.
The Panthers are next scheduled to be in action on May 5 against West Virginia. Pitt took the first game of the home-and-home series against the rival Mountaineers 5-1 back on April 6. First pitch of game two against WVU is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.