May 28, 2013
THIS WEEK IN PANTHERS ATHLETICS
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
UPCOMING PITT SPORTS SCHEDULE (Complete Schedule)
Track and Field: at NCAA National Championship Meet, Eugene, Ore.
PITT ATHLETE OF THE WEEK:
Track and Field: Brycen Spratling. A junior, Spratling qualified for the NCAA National Championship Meet by placing sixth in the 400 meter dash at the NCAA East Regionals on Friday with a time of 46.51. He also helped the men’s 4x400 meter relay team reach NCAA’s by running the anchor leg of the event and advanced the Panthers from sixth in their heat when he received the baton, to second when the race was over. Spratling will head to Eugene with the nation’s 15th fastest time in the 400 meter dash, and the 4x400 team will bring the nation’s sixth fastest time to the meet. (Read more).
OTHER TOP PITT WEEKLY PERFORMANCES:
Baseball: Sam Parente. The senior captain led the Panthers in every offensive category at the Big East Tournament, including batting average (.471), hits (8), runs (3), doubles (2), triples (1), RBI (6), slugging (.706) and on base percentage (.526). Parente started all 57 games this season and finished the campaign with a .329 batting average, 71 hits and 51 RBI. (Read more).
Track and Field: Carvin Nkanata: Nkanata qualified for the NCAA Championship Meet in the 200 meter dash by placing fourth overall at the NCAA qualifying meet on Saturday in Greensboro, N.C. He ran a 20.53 in the finals and will head to Eugene as a contender for the individual title as he boasts the nation’s 4th fastest time. Nkanata was also a part of the 4x400 meter relay team that punched its ticket to Eugene. (Read more).
Baseball: Ethan Mildren: Mildren pitched eight innings in Pitt’s Big East Tournament opener against St. John’s. He allowed just four hits and one earned run while striking out five Red Storm batters in the Panthers’ 10-2 victory. Mildren was the ace of the staff for Pitt this season. He registered a team-best 10 victories and also led the Panthers with a 2.35 ERA and 114.2 innings pitched. (Read more).
The ACC Community Connections program, now in its third full year, takes place at all of the conference’s Olympic sport championships. The program aims to provide local elementary students the chance to talk with ACC student-athletes and learn about their sports. The ACC also makes a book donation to the library of each participating school. This past week, at the ACC Baseball Championship, several student-athletes met with students at elementary schools in Durham, N.C. to stress the importance of exercise and maintaining good study habits (http://www.theacc.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/052513aaa.html). This is just another example of the ACC promoting personal growth beyond the classroom and field of play.
PITT PANTHERS TELEVISION SCHEDULE (Comcast Channels 188 or 210)
Entire Broadcast Schedule Link
Sunday, June 2
Football Spring Game (replay), 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Men’s Soccer vs. Marquette (replay), 1-3 p.m.
Men’s Soccer vs. Connecticut (replay), 3-5 p.m.
Football Spring Game (replay), 5-7 p.m.
For more information, please contact the Pitt Athletic Media Relations Office at (412) 648-8240.
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