As the semester draws to a close and spring sports near the end of their seasons, Pitt’s athletics hasn’t been as busy as weeks past. Only a few teams took to the field over the weekend, and here’s how they all fared.
The Panthers put together a series against No. 6 Virginia over the weekend and won two of three games.
Pitt opened the series with a 9-4 victory Friday, thanks to a night of three hits and three RBIs for junior receiver Tatem Levins. He hit a commanding two-run home run in the third inning to give Pitt his first lead, but the Panthers really opened the door in the sixth inning. After a goal-laden walk, senior infielder Jeffrey Wehler hit a fly ball to right field, but the right fielder dropped the ball and Wehler slid safely into third to clear the bases.
First-year infielder Tommy Tavarez capped off the night with a solo shot in the eighth, which helped senior pitcher Matt Gilbertson earn the victory.
Saturday’s second game didn’t go as well for the Panthers, as Virginia demolished Pitt 18-0. Cavalier sophomore Jake Gelof went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs. The Pitt defense also made four errors, which led to three unearned runs.
But the Panthers rebounded in the final game of the series with a decisive 4-1 series victory. Freshman outfielder Nick Giamarusti collected his first college success and his first collegiate RBI on the show.
Next, Pitt will host West Virginia on Tuesday in the second of three Backyard Brawls. This time, the Panthers will play at PNC Park, with a first pitch at 6 p.m. ACC Network Extra will broadcast the game.
The Panthers traveled to South Bend on April 16 to face No. 18 Notre Dame, but couldn’t build on their first-ever ACC win from last week, and the Irish won 19-7.
Graduate student forward Paige Petty scored three goals for the Panthers and junior forward Carlie Leach scored a pair. But Pitt scored just one goal in three of four periods – not enough to push them past the Irish. Junior midfielder Kasey Choma led the Irish with a record five goals, while graduate student striker Maddie Howe scored four and senior midfielder Madison Mote scored three.
For their next game, the Panthers host George Mason on Tuesday at 5 p.m. This will be the team’s last game of the inaugural season.
Pitt hosted Boston College over the weekend for its final home series of the season, where it lost two of three games and split a doubleheader.
the first game thursday saw a two-run Panthers lead evaporate in the sixth inning. Boston College senior catcher Gianna Boccagno hit a home run on the first pitch she saw, then Pitt freshman Kylie Griggs erred with the bases loaded, allowing two other points to cross the plate. A run to seventh capped the Eagles’ 4-2 victory.
The two teams clashed on Friday due to bad weather on Saturday, and the The Panthers won Game 1 7-4, thanks to a five-run fourth inning. Freshman wide receiver Rachel Fuerst hit a two-run dinger, then junior outfielder Bailey Drapola put the game away with a three-run three. But Boston College got their revenge in the nightcap and beat Pitt 7-3 take the series.
The Panthers will visit Bucknell on Tuesday for their next game. It will be the first of eight consecutive road games to finish the season.
The Panthers hosted Michigan on Saturday for their second of two spring games. The two schools contested the full five sets, but Wolverines emerged victorious, three sets to two.
Pitt won the first set 25-19, then Michigan responded with wins in the second and third sets. Both of those wins came as Pitt led by at least five points in each set, including a 20-13 lead in the third set. Pitt forced a fifth set with a four-set victory, but Wolverines found their rhythm and won 15-9 to clinch the Spring Game victory.