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Pitt States Its Case For a Spot In The NCAA Baseball Tournament

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Pitt baseball appears to be in prime position to make their first NCAA Tournament since 1995, but the Panthers don’t want to leave anything to chance. On Sunday, ahead of the full bracket reveal, the team’s Twitter account posted a series of graphics that prominently displayed the key metrics they feel the selection committee should review.

The first, and probably strongest piece of Pitt’s argument, is their 17 wins against RPI Quad 1 opponents, a mark that ranks fourth-highest in the country.

The Panthers (23-20) topped Notre Dame, Duke and Virginia Tech once each, beat North Carolina and Virginia twice and swept Miami, Florida State and Georgia Tech over the course of the regular season. They topped the Tar Heels one more time in The ACC Tournament last week to help solidify their resume.

Pitt ended the year 50th in those same RPI rankings, safely ahead of teams like Maryland and Oklahoma, who are expected to be in the field, as well as bubble teams like Clemson, San Diego and Kansas State.

The Panthers, while playing an extended conference slate that boosted their strength of schedule to 25th in the nation, also accounted for 16 wins in ACC play and six series victories, both program records.

Pitt will learn it’s postseason fate and possible regional tournament assignment this afternoon. The College Baseball Championship bracket will be unveiled during the Selection Show, which airs at noon today on ESPN2.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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