Pitt baseball released their 2023 regular season schedule on Thursday, which features a 55-game slate.
The schedule features the Panthers playing 24 games at home and taking on 12 teams that finished in the top 100 RPI and eight teams that were NCAA Tournament Qualifiers in 2022.
Pitt starts their 2022 campaign by playing the first 15 of their 16 games in the state of Florida.
They begin with three weekend series against Maine in Sarasota from Feb. 17-19, Harvard in Port Charlotte from Feb. 24-26 and two games each against Mount St. Mary’s and Stetson in DeLand from Mar. 3-5. They finish with a single game against South Florida in Tampa on Mar. 7 and a weekend series against Florida State in Tallahassee to kick start ACC Play from Mar. 10-12.
The meeting with Maine is the first since 1997 and the meeting with Harvard is the first ever between the two schools. The matchup with Mount St. Mary’s will be the 9th and 10th meeting and the first since 2004, while the two games against Stetson are the 5th and 6th in the series and first since 1994. The game against South Florida is just the second meeting between the two programs since Pitt left the Big East after the 2013 season.
Pitt opens up the season at Charles L. Cost Field against Bucknell on Feb. 28. They also host non-conference games mid-week games against Youngstown State on Mar. 15 and Kent State on Mar. 22.
The Panthers take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Backyard Brawl three times in 2023, just as they did last season. They start off at PNC Park on Apr. 19, take on the Mountaineers in Morgantown, W.V. on May 3 and then finish at Charles L. Cost Field on May 10.
They will also face their in-state rivals Penn State in the Keystone Classic twice, as they normally do. They go on the road to University Park, Pa. on Mar. 28 and face them at PNC Park on May 16.
Pitt travels to take on Youngstown State on Apr. 4 and also hosts California for a weekend series from Apr. 28-30. Pitt played Cal once in the 1995 NCAA Tournament and won 6-4 in Knoxville, Tenn, which is also their last victory in the NCAA Tournament and the last year they played in it.
The Panthers face another difficult conference schedule this year against one of the best baseball conferences in the ACC.
After taking on Florida State, Pitt hosts North Carolina from Mar. 17-19. The rest of the conference teams they face at home are Virginia Tech from Mar. 24-26, Notre Dame from Apr. 6-8, Wake Forest from Apr. 21-23 and finish up with Miami from May 12-14.
On the road, Pitt faces Duke from Mar. 31-Apr. 2, Virginia from Apr. 14-16, Georgia Tech from May 5-7 and closes out the regular season with NC State from May 18-20.
The ACC Championships moves back to Durham, N.C. at Durham Bulls Athletic Park for 2023. The 12-team tournament occurs from May 23-28.
The Panthers will look to improve upon last season and head coach Mike Bell will expect his team to rise to the challenge and try to make their first NCAA Tournament in almost three decades.