This Week In Panthers Athletics

There's plenty of anticipation and excitement around campus this week as the Pitt spring game is coming up on Saturday. There is plenty of other Panthers athletic action going on besides football this week.


The Pitt women's tennis team (11-7, 5-2 Big East) travels to Tampa, Fla., for the Big East Championships this week. As the No. 9 seed in the tournament, the Panthers face eighth-seeded Rutgers at 9 a.m., on Thursday, April 17. The winner of that match meets No. 1 seed Notre Dame on Friday at 9 a.m. Junior Kristy Borza and senior Carlie Smith look to extend their lead in the record book in career singles wins and all-time combined victories.


The University of Pittsburgh will conclude spring drills this Saturday, April 19, with the annual Blue-Gold Game at Heinz Field. The scrimmage will begin at 6 p.m., and will be simulcast live to national and local audiences via the NFL Network and WPCW, Pittsburgh's CW. Bob Pompeani will call the action, while Panthers head coach Dave Wannstedt will provide color analysis. In addition to the action on the field, fans in attendance will be treated to a pregame FanFest event on the Gate A plaza.


Pitt's softball team (24-17, 7-5 Big East) opens a 10-game homestand this week as they host three doubleheaders at Trees Field. First, the Panthers meet cross-town foe Robert Morris on Tuesday, April 15, at 3 p.m. Pitt then resumes Big East play with contests against Seton Hall (Saturday, 11 a.m.) and St. John's (Sunday, noon). Pitt eclipsed a school record with an 8-0 shutout over Louisville over the weekend. The Panthers earned their 12th shutout of the season, breaking the 2000 record of 11. The win was also Pitt's first in that series.


The Pitt track and field teams resume their outdoor season this weekend in the two-day Morgan State Legacy Meet that starts Friday, April 18 in Baltimore, Md. In their two outings this past weekend, Matt Raquet took third in the men's javelin at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., while Alexandra Briggs claimed the women's 1,500-meter crown at the Slippery Rock Invitational. In the field events, Pitt posted a pair of second-place finishes as Garrett Larkin and A.J. Kielinski took runner-up honors in the shot put and discus, respectively, at the SRU Invite.


Pitt baseball resumes action on Tuesday, April 15, in Athens, Ohio, when it meets Ohio at 6 p.m. Following the showdown with the Bobcats, the team returns to Pittsburgh to play Duquesne at PNC Park on Wednesday at 1 p.m., and hosts Big East foe St. John's at Trees Field in a three-game series over the weekend. Senior Sean Conley continues to pace Pitt at the plate as he leads the team in seven offensive statistical categories, including batting average, slugging percentage, runs scored, hits, RBI, home runs and total bases.

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