Pitt Baseball Host No. 11 Florida State Over the Weekend

PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh baseball team will make its home debut this weekend, hosting No. 11 Florida State in an ACC clash from Charles L. Cost Field.

 

The teams will open the series on Friday at 6 p.m., with Saturday’s action to follow at 3 p.m. and the series finale slated for 1 p.m. on Sunday.

 

HOW TO FOLLOW

  • Live stats provided by PittsburghPanthers.com
  • Friday | Saturday | Sunday
  • A live video stream of the game will be available here
  • Florida State radio will be available here

 

WEEKEND PROMOTIONS

  • Friday night Panther fans can embrace the cold as the first 200 fans through the gate will receive a free pair of #H2P gloves
  • Sunday afternoon is Little League Sunday at Charles L. Cost Field, children are invited to run the bases following the contest and can stay for autographs from their favorite Panthers

 

LEADING OFF

  • The Panthers make their 2016 home debut over the weekend, hosting No. 11 Florida State at Charles L. Cost Field for the second weekend of ACC play
  • Pitt (8-6-0) hosts the Seminoles (13-4-0) for the first time in series history
  • The Panthers enter the weekend having defeated Kent State 9-4 on the road Wednesday evening, snapping a 10-game win streak by the Golden Flashes
  • Florida State fell to No. 1 Florida on Tuesday following a three-game sweep of then undefeated Georgia Tech in the opening weekend of ACC play

 

SCOUTING FLORIDA STATE

  • Florida State sits in second in the Atlantic Division of the ACC, boasting an overall record of 13-4-0 and an unblemished mark of 3-0-0 in ACC play
  • The Seminoles swept a then undefeated Georgia Tech team to open conference play and, most recently, dropped a 6-0 decision at No. 1 Florida
  • Senior John Sansome is pacing the Seminoles offense, earning the start in all 17 contests and producing a .471 average, going 32-of-68 with 22 runs, two doubles, three home runs and 24 runs batted in
  • On the mound, starter Mike Compton has led the way with a record of 3-1 and a 2.28 ERA in four starts, while three relief pitchers with 10+ innings of work have managed to hold opponents without an earned run 

 

SERIES WITH FLORIDA STATE

  • The Panthers have yet to claim to win against the Seminoles, as Florida State leads the all-time series 22-0, dating back to 1983
  • In the team’s first series of ACC action in 2015, Florida State, then ranked 13th in the nation, claimed the series sweep, earning a 15-2 win in the opening game before claiming both contests of a doubleheader, 6-5 and 10-6

 

STREAKING

  • Junior catcher Manny Pazos leads the Panthers with a three-game hit streak as teammates Yaya Chentouf, Charles LeBlanc, Aaron Schnurbusch and Ron Sherman are each riding two-game streaks
  • Charles LeBlanc has reached base safely in 21 straight contests, while Alex Kowalczyk has reached safely in 20 straight and Nick Yarnall has touched successful in 13 consecutive with each streak dating back to the 2015 season

 

UP NEXT

  • Pitt will continue its seven-game home stand next weekend, welcoming Boston College to Charles L. Cost Field ThursdaySaturday
  • A single game with Kent State will follow mid-week as the Panthers will again hit the road heading into April

 

ACC AMONGST THE TOP

  • Six ACC schools find themselves in the top 25 of each of the four major polls, with seven schools making an appearance in three
  • In the D1Baseball.com weekly poll, Louisville leads the pack at No. 5, followed by North Carolina in sixth, Miami at No. 10, Florida State at No. 11, North Carolina State in 13th, Virginia at No. 18 and Clemson in 19th
  • Louisville again tops the list in the NCBWA poll at No. 4, followed by Miami in sixth, Florida State in eighth, North Carolina at No. 10, Virginia in 12th, North Carolina State at No. 18 and Clemson in 25th
  • Earning the No. 2 spot in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, Louisville paces the group, followed by Miami at No. 6, Virginia in seventh, Florida State in 14th, North Carolina State at No. 19 and North Carolina in a tie for 20th
  • Perfect Game puts Louisville at No. 4, followed by North Carolina in eighth, Miami at No. 9, Florida State in 11th, Virginia in 13th, North Carolina State at No. 14 and Clemson at No. 21

YARNALL EARNS WEEKLY AWARDS

  • Utility man Nick Yarnall collected a pair of weekly awards following the Grambling State Series, as the Landsville, Pa., native was named the Co-ACC Player of the Week and one of Collegiate Baseball’s National Players of the Week
  • Yarnall dominated in the three-game stand, batting to a .571 average, going 8-of-14 with five home runs and eight runs batted in
  • The junior led the Panthers in average, hits, home runs, runs batted in, total basses, slugging percentage and on-base percentage on the weekend
  • Yarnall went yard twice in one inning in two contests, sending two balls over the fence in the fifth inning of the second game and going deep twice in the seventh inning of the series finale.

 

GOING THE DISTANCE

  • It was a long weekend of baseball for Pitt at the Historic Dodgertown Classic as three of the four outings approached or surpassed the four-hour mark
  • The Panthers competed in a 4:07 nine-inning contest against Niagara, an 11-8 loss against Ohio State in 13 innings checked in at 4:54, while the final game of the tournament lasted 3:56

 

ZEUCH GARNERS TOP ACC PROSPECT HONORS

  • Junior starting pitcher T.J. Zeuch was named to D1 Baseball’s Top Prospects List for the 2016 draft, checking in at No. 7 on the list as the fourth-highest ranked pitcher
  • Zeuch also earned the honor from Baseball America, checking in at No. 8 as the fifth-highest ranked pitcher
  • He earned a 5-6 record in 2015, posting a 3.87 ERA in 14 starts with 90 strikeouts and just 25 walks, while posting a respectable 1.36 WHIP

 

RETURNING TALENT

  • Pitt returns a majority of its starters, as seven fielders with 30 or more starts and two pitchers with 10 or more starts will return for the 2016 campaign
  • T.J. Zeuch leads the way on the mound with a record of 5-6 in 14 starts, recording 90 strikeouts in 88.1 innings pitched
  • At the dish, Charles LeBlanc collected a .291 average in his freshman year, leading the Panthers with 57 hits, including 12 doubles, three triples and three home runs in addition to a .429 slugging percentage and 30 runs batted in

 

NCAA CHAMPS TO VISIT COST

  • Pitt will welcome reigning national champion Virginia to Charles L. Cost Field for a doubleheader on Saturday, April 30 before concluding the three-game series on Sunday, May 1
  • Virginia dropped the first game of the 2015 College World Series to Vanderbilt 3-1 before storming back to capture the next two wins to secure the first National Championship in program history
  • The Panthers have managed to win a game versus Virginia in each of the past two seasons, taking the first win in Cary, N.C., last season
  • Pitt is 2-4-0 against the Cavaliers since joining the ACC

 

VISITORS PAY THE COST

  • The Panthers are 77-42-0 (.647) all-time in games played at Charles L. Cost Field
  • The team has accrued an impressive 42-26-0 (.618) mark in conference play at the Cost and recorded 22 games in which they have scored 10 or more runs, compared to five for the visitors
  • Pitt will play 24 home contests in 2016 with the home debut slated for Friday, March 18 against Florida State

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