Three Panthers Drafted, Four Receive Professional Contracts
Pitt's 2017 Season Comes to a Close
Panthers Plate Two in the Final Inning for 5-4 Victory
Banman Homers as Pitt Drops Series Opener
Panthers in Search of ACC Tournament Berth
Pitt Baseball vs. Miami | April 14, 2017
The Pitt baseball team defeated Penn State 3-2 at Charles L. Cost Field, April 4, 2017.
The University of Pittsburgh baseball team swept Virginia Tech on March 25, 2017 at Charles L. Cost Field.
Pitt vs. Notre Dame | March 17, 2017 | Charles L. Cost Field
Career: Named to the 2016 All-ACC Academic Team … has appeared in 142 contests in three seasons … has earned 133 career starts … owns a .275 career average … has tallied 140 career hits with 21 doubles, 14 triples and nine home runs … adds 65 career RBIs … owns a .424 career slugging percentage and a .366 career on-base percentage … has stolen 16 career bases (16-27) … has committed just two errors in three seasons in 300 attempts (.993%).
Record Watch: Is Pitt’s all-time hit by pitch leader, with 37 … ranks 10 above the second place mark … ranks third in Pitt history with 14 triples … is one back of second place and four back of the top spot (Ben Copeland, 18) … in 2016 tallied seven triples, which were the second most in Pitt history in a single season … was struck by 13 pitches in both 2015 and 2016, which ranks fifth most in a single season in Pitt history … 11 hit by pitches in 2017 rank 12th most … is 12 games away from the top 20 games played in Pitt history … is four games away from the top 20 games started in Pitt history … is 30 at bats away from the top 20 at bats in Pitt history … is nine hits away from the top 20 hits in Pitt history … is eight doubles away from the top 20 doubles in Pitt history … is six total bases away from the top 20 total bases in Pitt history.
2017: Surged late for the Panthers in his redshirt junior season … made 51 appearances, earning the start in 50 as Pitt’s centerfielder … hit .281 to finish second on the team in average … added 55 hits with a team-best 15 doubles, in addition to two triples, three homers and 24 RBIs … recorded a slugging percentage of .423, good for third on the team and on-base mark of .360 … committed just one error the season, which snapped a streak of 110 games without an error … tallied 14 multi-hit games, third most on the team … strung together a 10-game hit streak and 16-game reached base streak on the season … put on an offensive show in the second game of the season, tallying three doubles, going 3-5 with two RBIs against Kansas State … in the series finale against Siena at Historic Dodgertown, he was struck by his fourth pitch of the season, becoming the all-time hit by pitch leader in Pitt history … went 2-5 with a homer in game two of the doubleheader with USC Upstate … was 3-5 with an RBI and a walk as Pitt defeated Notre Dame in the second game of the doubleheader … went on a six-game hit streak leading into the first game of the Virginia series … hit .330 in the second half of the year, upping his average by nearly 100 points … was 2-4 with a three-run homer in the finale against nationally ranked Virginia … went 2-5 with a double and run scored in the opener against Miami … was 3-4 with a run scored, walk and stolen base at Penn State … started an eight-game hit streak during the SIU Edwardsville series .. was 2-3 in the opener against Maryland Eastern Shore, adding a pair of runs scored and a stolen base … was Pitt’s top offensive performer against Georgia Tech … did not commit an out until his third at bat of the final game against the Yellow Jackets … went 7-9 in three games, hitting at a .778 average … registered two RBIs, two doubles, two walks and two hit by pitches against the Yellow Jackets … scored the game winning run against Youngstown State as a pinch runner in extras … went 2-5 with an RBI, run scored and pair of doubles in the opener against NC State … was 2-3 with an RBI, run scored, double and walk in the opener against Wake Forest … concluded the season with a 1-5 performance against Wake Forest, adding an RBI, run scored and triple.
2016: Landed on the All-ACC Academic Team … was one of the most consistently productive performers for the Panthers in a breakout redshirt sophomore season … earned 49 starts in the outfield, serving primarily as the Pitt right fielder … batted .330 to finish second amongst the Panthers and 25th in the ACC … led the league in triples, smacking seven on the season to rank seventh in the NCAA … was the only Panther to generate a perfect fielding percentage, not committing an error in 96 attempts … tied for third in the ACC with 13 hit by pitches, marking the second straight season in which he was hit by a pitch 13 times … finished the season with 61 hits (61-185), adding five doubles, seven triples, one home run and 25 RBIs … ranked fifth on the team with a slugging percentage of .449 … drew 14 walks … added five stolen bases on eight attempts … on-base percentage of .415 ranked third amongst the Pitt offense … collected his first hit of the year in the season opener against Niagara on Feb. 19, going 1-3 with a run scored, walk and hit by pitch … recorded his first RBI of the year the following game with a 1-3 performance against Toledo … was hit by three straight pitches to open the season as he was plunked against Ohio State, adding two hits in the extra-inning loss … was 8-14 in a three-game series at Grambling State, collecting five RBIs, five runs scored and a stolen base, including one double, one triple and one homer … went 3-4 with an RBI and a double on March 20 as Pitt claimed a win over nationally ranked Florida State … helped guide the Panthers to a series win over ACC foe Boston College … went 4-10 with one RBI, two runs scored and one double … helped win to a win over eventual ACC champion Clemson on April 2 … went 1-4 with an RBI, run scored and two hit by pitches … in a two-game series against Georgia Tech, he went 3-7 with a run scored, one hit by pitch and one walk … collected six hits in a three-game series at Virginia Tech (6-13) with three RBIs, two runs scored, two triples and one stolen base … went 3-5 with three RBIs, two triples, one run scored, one walk and one hit by pitch in a dominant win at Youngstown State on April 20 … was again solid for the Panthers in a three-game series against ACC rival Notre Dame … went 5-11 with three RBIs, two runs scored, one triple and one walk as Pitt took two-of-three from the Fighting Irish … drew three walks and went 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored against Penn State on May 11 … against Coastal Division champion Miami in game two, he went 3-5 with a run scored and a walk to keep pace with the Hurricanes … in his final game of the season, he went 2-4 with an RBI, two runs scored, one double, one triple and a hit by pitch against Duke.
2015: Was the ECAC South Division I Rookie of the Week on March 16 … hit a two-run homer in his second career at bat against St. Louis … walked in his only plate appearance versus Kansas State … made first career start in centerfield against Ohio State … scored two runs at USC Upstate after pinch running and drawing a walk … started and recorded a walk against ETSU … singled and scored a run as a starter in the opener against VCU … started, hit a solo homer and reached base in three of four trips to the plate with two hit by pitches in the finale versus VCU … had a hit in all three games against No. 1 Virginia … tripled and scored the only run in Pitt’s win against No. 1 Virginia … had two hits, one RBI, one stolen base and scored a pair in the opener against Niagara … singled and stole a base in game two with Niagara … hit .400 (4-10) in three games with No. 11 North Carolina … in the opener with North Carolina, homered and scored twice … had two hits and drove in a run in game two against UNC … doubled and scored twice in the finale with UNC … singled and stole a base against Penn State … legged out two triples, scored three runs and stole a base against Akron … went 2-4 in game one at Duke … homered in game two at Duke … singled, drove in a run and stole a base in the finale at Duke … hit a homer with two RBIs in the opener at NC State … notched a three-run bases-clearing triple against Wake Forest in the series finale ... scored a run in the opener with Fairfield … posted two hits and scored twice at Penn State.
2014: Was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll … redshirted as a true freshman.
High School: Selected to the Essex County NJ Al-Star Baseball team … competed with the New Jersey 9ers 17U prime team … a 2012 All-Tournament Team selection for the Perfect Game World Wood Bat Association 17U Championships in Marietta, Ga. … had the highest batting average (.739) at the Championships with 17 hits … a captain for the Seton Hall Prep Baseball team … named First Team All-State and First Team All-SEC in his senior season, batting .433 with a .571 on-base percentage … Seton Hall Prep went 30-3 that season en route to sectional and county championships … also played football in high school … was a captain and was named to the First Team All-SEC conference on both offense and defense.
Personal: Born Dec. 11, 1994 … son of Gina and Frank Maldonado … has one older sister, Alexa, and two younger brothers, Nick and Chris … sister played softball for Notre Dame all four years and was a member of the USA Women’s National Baseball Team.
Final Season Notes: Panthers Conclude 2017 Season
Manny Pazos Signs with Seattle
Mitchell Selected by Kansas City in MLB Draft
Mattson Drafted by Los Angeles Angels
Falk Tabbed by Oakland in MLB Draft
Skip Talk: Jordano Discusses 2017 Season