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Pitt Baseball Prepares to Make Leap throughout 2023 Season



Pitt is presently making ready to begin their 2023 season, as they accomplished their first weekend of official practices.

The Panthers are coming off a 2022 season that noticed some nice efficiency, but in addition some letdowns. The staff began with a stable report, profitable three sequence at residence in opposition to ranked ACC groups, however completed with eight losses within the last 9 common season video games.

Pitt then defeated each No. 7 Georgia Tech and No. 2 Louisville to win their Pool within the ACC Match, earlier than dropping to No. 10 NC State within the Semifinals.

Regardless of an ideal efficiency within the ACC Match, Pitt did not make the NCAA Match attributable to that poor common season end. This additionally damage them in 2021, as they misplaced 9 of their last 11 video games after a stable begin in convention play.

Mike Bell enters his fifth season as head coach of the Panthers and is worked up to maintain this system enhancing. He signed an extension within the offseason that may preserve him on the helm of this system by the 2027 season, which Bell mentioned reveals the assumption that Panthers athletic director Heather Lyke locations in him.

He favored what he noticed from the staff throughout fall ball in September and October and likewise the work many on the staff did within the offseason, like competing in novice leagues throughout the nation.

“Once you discuss to a few of these returning guys, it’s in all probability probably the most competitors they’ve had inside a gaggle,” Bell mentioned at media availability final Friday.

The Panthers will look to exchange a piece of their starters from final season, each on offense and the pitching employees.

Catcher Tatem Levins leaving for the draft creates an enormous entire offensively and defensively. Levins led Pitt with a .320 batting common, 68 hits, 16 residence runs and 53 RBIs. He additionally commandeered a pitching employees with aces like Matt Gilbertson and Billy Corcoran, who earned All-ACC honors.

Infielders in first baseman Bryce Hulett and second baseman Jeffrey Wehler, second and third on the Panthers in hits in 2022, respectively, additionally graduated. Outfielder Ron Washington Jr., who completed second on the Panthers with 15 residence runs in 202, and infielder Brock Franks, who tied for third on the Panthers with 9 residence runs final season, aren’t on the staff this season both.

Pitt loses Gilbertson to commencement and Corcoran to the draft, that means they should discover their No. 1 and No. 2 starters for subsequent season. In addition they lose bullpen pitchers in Baron Stuart, Dylan Lester, C.J. McKennitt and Ben Dragani, 4 of the highest 5 reduction pitchers by way of innings pitched.

The Panthers do deliver again some expertise that’ll be vital for them this season. Outfielders in junior Dom Popa and graduate Kyle Hess, infielders in graduate Sky Duff and sophomore Tommy Tavarez and catchers in sophomore Luke Lambert and junior Johnny Lengthy III all present wanted expertise for this Panthers staff.

Senior right-handed pitcher Logan Evans returns with probably the most innings pitched from final yr and sophomore right-handed pitcher Jonathan Bautista pitched because the mid-week starter and lengthy reliever final season for Pitt. Count on each to take steps by way of their expertise and innings pitched.

Redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Brady Devereux is the main reduction pitcher for the Panthers from 2022 with 47.0 innings pitched. Sophomore left-handed Quin Konuszewski additionally brings expertise with 15.0 innings pitched in his first season as a Panther.

“It’s at all times the following man up, it’s at all times a brand new staff,” Bell mentioned on the roster outlook for the Panthers in 2023. “We now have guys that we now have introduced in. We really feel that they’re proficient and it’s going to offer alternatives for these guys. We like what we see. They simply haven’t finished it on the primary stage or the convention stage…There are a number of at-bats to exchange. There are a number of innings to exchange, however our roster is deep, and so they simply received to exit and do it.”

Senior catcher/first baseman Jack Anderson, performed primarily as a delegated hitter final yr. He joined the staff final yr and mentioned that the staff is bonding nicely going into the season with a number of new faces. He spoke fondly of two pitchers in Florida State switch junior right-handed Dillyn Simmons and Auburn switch junior left-handed Jack Sokol as two gamers which have impressed him to this point in follow.

Anderson hit a stable .280 with six residence runs for the Panthers final season. The staff will depend on him extra subsequent season for larger at-bats and extra manufacturing on the plate and Anderson has labored arduous this offseason to enhance his hitting.

“There’s positively issues every single day I’m taking a look at,” Anderson mentioned on his enchancment within the batter’s field. “Individually, my swing, what I can do to cowl extra pitches. Throughout final yr, I’d say in direction of the back-half, groups began throwing me loads inside. So, I’ve simply been specializing in hitting these pitches, hit fastballs inside, be capable of keep on off-speed pitches away. So simply staying with my method and protecting my mechanics down.”

Pitt travels all the way down to Florida for the primary 4 weekends of the yr beginning on Feb. 17. They’ll tackle non-conference opponents for the primary three weekends and end with a sequence in Tallahassee in opposition to ACC powerhouse Florida State.

Junior outfielder CJ Funk will be a part of Popa and Hess within the outfield for the Panthers in 2023. He’s excited to go all the way down to Florida to benefit from the heat climate, see his teammates show their abilities and shake the “rust” off going into ACC play.

“Once we go down there and we’re competing, I feel a number of guys are going to get these alternatives and have their time to shine,” Funk mentioned. “Once we go down there, hopefully we see who steps up when the lights activate. There’s going to be loads of alternatives for that to occur and I hope individuals profit from them.”

The massive objective for Pitt going into this season is making the NCAA Match. Pitt has solely made the NCAA Match 3 times in program historical past, most just lately as 1995.

It additionally doesn’t assist Pitt that they play in among the best conferences within the ACC, that means they’re enjoying a few of the hardest competitors within the nation each weekend in direction of the top of the season.

Funk mentioned that the Panthers’ development over the previous two seasons encourages him that this program is near lastly attaining that objective, it doesn’t matter what the critics say.

“Baseball is a loopy sport,” Funk mentioned. “There’s going to be belongings you don’t anticipate, issues that you simply’ve by no means seen earlier than that you simply’re going to proceed to see on this sport. Anybody can present up on any given evening. I feel that’s the mentality that we now have. Going in opposition to a few of these groups which might be extra extremely checked out than we’re, to know that we’ve finished it the previous two years that I’ve been right here. Going in opposition to ranked opponents and going and taking the sequence from them. It positively could be finished, and I we now have the instruments and belongings to have the ability to try this right here.”


Historical past: Duquesne, Pitt Attain 20 Wins in Identical Season for Simply Second Time Ever



PITTSBURGH — For simply the second time within the historical past of the packages,, each Pitt and Duquesne have reached 20 wins in the identical season.

The final, and solely different time that the 2 packages each received 20 video games was in 2008-09, when Pitt completed 31-5 and Duquesne went 21-13. Jamie Dixon was main the Panthers and Ron Everhart was in yr three main Duquesne on the time.

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The Duquesne program has received 20+ video games 15 instances in its historical past, whereas Pitt has surpassed 20 wins 23 instances.

Duquesne, led by Jimmy Clark III, David Dixon, and firm, took down UMass on Wednesday evening by a rating of 88-79 to enhance to 20-10 on the yr. Pitt fell to Notre Dame, 88-81, dropping its document to 21-9 on the yr.

The Dukes win over UMass locked of their first 20-win season since 2019-20. Pitt, however, has not received 20 video games for the reason that 2015-16 season, the final of the Dixon period. Duquesne is at the moment sitting at 10-7 in league play, good for fifth place within the Atlantic 10. Pitt, at 14-5 within the ACC, is tied for first within the ACC with Miami and Virginia.

The Panthers will face off in opposition to the Hurricanes on Saturday in Coral Gables, Florida for the convention crown. Duquesne will wrap up its common season with a matchup in opposition to Fordham (23-6, 11-5 Atlantic 10) on Saturday.

Listed below are the years by which every program has received 20+ video games:


2022-23, 2015-16, 2013-14, 2012-13, 2011-12, 2010-11, 2009-10, 2008-09, 2007-08, 2006-07, 2005-06, 2004-05, 2003-04, 2002-03, 2001-02, 1990-91, 1987-88, 1986-87, 1981-82, 1973-74, 1930-31, 1929-30, 1927-28


2022-23, 2019-20, 2008-09, 1980-81, 1971-72, 1970-71, 1968-69, 1961-62, 1954-55, 1953-54, 1952-53, 1951-52, 1949-50, 1946-47, 1939-40

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Fordham Loses to George Mason, Giving Duquesne Shot at Double-Bye in A-10 Match



Fordham misplaced to George Mason Wednesday night time on the street, 684-5, giving Duquesne a shot to earn a double-bye within the Atlantic 10 Match.

The Rams (23-7 general, 11-6 Atlantic 10) host the Dukes (20-10 general, 10-7 Atlantic 10) on Saturday, March 4 at 2 p.m. at Rose Hill within the Bronx, N.Y. If the Dukes defeat the Rams on the street, they earn the No. 4 seed and a double-bye heading into the Atlantic 10 Match subsequent week on the Barclays Heart in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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A win for Duquesne implies that they get the primary two days off within the convention match. They’d anticipate the winner of the No. 10 vs. No. 15 First Spherical recreation on Tuesday, March 7 at 2 p.m. to tackle the No. 5 seed within the Second Spherical on Wednesday, March 8 at 2 p.m. The winner of that Second Spherical recreation would tackle Duquesne within the Quarterfinals on Thursday, March 9 at 2 p.m.

They misplaced to Fordham at residence, 65-58 on Jan. 21 of their first matchup of the season. Duquense solely made 5 assists as a crew and created 13 turnovers, resulting in an absence of offensive rhythm towards Fordham within the loss.

Duquesne enacted revenge on UMass Wednesday night time, successful 88-79 to earn their twentieth victory of the season, the primary time since 2018-19.

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Duquesne WBB Hangs On To Advance In A-10 Tourney



Wilmington, Del. — The Duquesne Ladies’s Basketball Group efficiently punched its ticket in to the Atlantic 10 Championship second spherical following a 58-57 victory over Loyola Chicago Wednesday afternoon at Chase Fieldhouse.

“It’s March Insanity, that’s the one means you possibly can describe it,” Duquesne coach Dan Burt stated. “We definitely are comfortable to maneuver on and to proceed our season. The perfect phrases which you could hear in March are ‘see you tomorrow’, so we’ll see you all tomorrow.”

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Treasured Johnson led Duquesne (19-11/8-8 Atlantic 10) together with her fourth double-double this season, giving herself a birthday current consisting of 14 factors and 13 rebounds. Each Amaya Hamilton in addition to Tess Myers added 12 factors, whereas Megan McConnell posted 11 factors and eight rebounds. McConnell is now 4 rebounds away from setting Duquesne’s single-season mark.

As a crew, Duquesne received the rebounding battle by a 42-30 rely.

Loyola Chicago (6-24/1-15 A-10) was paced by Sitori Tanin’s 20 factors and eight rebounds. Maya Chandler added 18 factors and a number of essential second-half baskets.

Duquesne opened this contest on a 12-4 run as McConnell overcame a deflected cross to bury an open three-point basket.

It was a banner capturing quarter for the Dukes, who shot 72.7% from the sector and assisted on six of their eight baskets.

The quarter ended with Myers efficiently touchdown a high-flying three-point shot via the underside of the online as Duquesne led 20-7 after the opening 10 minutes.

Although each groups skilled scoring droughts within the second interval, Duquesne briefly loved a 20-point benefit after McConnell buried a three-point basket after Naelle Bernard’s shot pretend drew consideration from a number of Ramblers.

Loyola would battle again to make the rating 35-21 after the primary half.

Following a quick peptalk, the Ramblers would come out for the second half 10 minutes prior and shoot in an effort to get out of the third-quarter funks which have plagued their crew.

The transfer paid dividends as Duquesne was held to seven factors within the quarter, its lowest output since Nov. 19 at Pitt.

Duquesne could be held with no three-point basket within the second half and after connecting on 9 assists in its first 11 pictures, it might be contained to 5 out of the final 14 baskets.

The benefit was reduce all the way down to 42-38 after three quarters.

Loyola Chicago shot 60% from the sector within the remaining quarter, however Duquesne was capable of cling on to the benefit, although the tip of the sport was much more suspenseful than it might have desired.

“We actually didn’t attempt to change something, as a result of all the things was going for us, and once we got here out, we got here out tremendous flat,” McConnell matter-of-factly acknowledged. “There was no power they usually had been enjoying exhausting.”

Main by one level inside the ultimate minute, the Ramblers used their foul to offer, after which Duquesne efficiently inbounded the ball to an unguarded Hamilton who determined to go up for the layup, however she didn’t stick the end.

As a substitute Loyola Chicago had one final likelihood for the win, which noticed Kira Chivers try a shot in visitors, but it surely fell off the mark, permitting Duquesne to advance.

“There was an terrible lot of ‘ahh bullpucky’ and bullpucky was not the phrase I used to be utilizing,” stated Burt. “We didn’t execute. We truly the play we missed the layup on, we executed it completely however we didn’t end the shot. We’ll wash it off as quickly as we strolling outdoors of the locker room.”

Duquesne now advances to face George Washington Thursday at 5 p.m. in second-round motion.

“I feel we acquired a bit too comfy as a result of we had that lead,” Johnson stated. “You’ll be able to’t get comfy it’s March Insanity. We simply have to offer all of it we’ve acquired subsequent recreation.”


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