This Week In Panthers Athletics

There's plenty of anticipation and excitement around campus this week as the Pitt Panthers had three players chosen in the NFL Draft. There is plenty of other Panthers athletic action going on besides football this week.


The Pitt track and field teams travel back to Philadelphia this weekend for the Big East Outdoor Championships hosted by Villanova from Friday, May 2, through Sunday, May 4. Last week, the Panthers competed in the Penn Relays, where the men's and women's teams posted solid finishes. Kim Rorabaugh was a standout for the women's squad as she claimed second in the hammer throw with a distance of 54.10 meters, while pole vaulter Ron Walter helped the men's team with a runner-up mark of 4.90 meters.


Pitt (27-20, 10-8 Big East) has a full week ahead as the Panthers host a doubleheader against Youngstown State on Tuesday, April 29, at 2 p.m. Pitt then travels to St. Francis on Wednesday, April 30, for another 2 p.m., doubleheader, and returns to Trees Field for a Big East weekend against Notre Dame (Saturday, noon) and DePaul (Sunday, 11 a.m.). The Panthers are coming off losses against Syracuse, where senior Jessica Dignon led the team with a .500 batting average, a .833 slugging percentage and two doubles. The two doubles allowed Dignon to break two school records as she now has 15 single-season doubles and 43 career doubles.


Pitt baseball (14-24, 6-12 Big East) has two mid-week matchups before diving back into Big East action this weekend at Villanova. First, the Panthers travel to Kent on Tuesday, April 29, for a 3 p.m., non-conference showdown. They then return to Trees Field on Wednesday, April 30, for another non-conference game with Cleveland State at 6 p.m. The Villanova series will run from Friday to Sunday with game times of 3:15 p.m., on Friday and Saturday and a 12:15 p.m., start on Sunday. Coach Jordano's squad was 2-1 against Georgetown this past weekend. Jordan Herr paced the Panthers at the plate, batting .600 with three home runs, five RBI and six runs scored. Sophomore hurler Nate Reed picked up his team-high fifth win of the season after holding the Hoyas to two runs on three hits and striking out nine batters in a full nine innings of work.

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