Panthers drop home-and-home with in-state rival
Panthers surrender seven runs in eighth, fall 9-6
Pitt takes first meeting against West Virginia this season, 4-1
17-run performance gives Pitt third straight win
Solid performance from Sam Mersing silences West Virginia bats
2016: Served primarily as Pitt’s mid-week starter in his junior season … appeared in 12 games, earning the start in 11 contests … pitched to a record of 5-3 … tossed a total of 56.2 innings, allowing 73 hits, 39 earned runs and 20 walks … recorded 42 strikeouts … opened the year on Feb. 20 with a start against Toledo … went 5.1 innings to earn the win, recording seven strikeouts while allowing just one earned run off of four hits and one walk … moved to 2-0 on Feb. 26 at Grambling State … allowed one earned run off of seven hits and two walks, striking out six … appeared in relief for 3.0 innings at New Orleans and 1.2 innings at North Carolina … returned to the starting rotation at Kent State on March 16 … pitched 5.0 innings, allowing four runs off of eight hits and one walk, recording four strikeouts to move to 3-1 … earned another victory over Kent state on March 30 … tossed 7.1 innings, allowing three runs off of eight hits and one walk, striking out four … captured a win at West Virginia on April 12 … tossed 6.0 innings of scoreless work, surrendering just three hits and one walk while striking out seven … threw 7.0 innings of efficient work in a win against Maryland Eastern Shore on May 4 … went 7.0 innings, allowing two runs off of four hits and two walks with six strikeouts … concluded the season with starts against Penn State (May 11) and West Virginia (May 17) at home.
2015: Made his season debut and second career start against Niagara in game two, taking a perfect game into the fourth inning, struck out six and allowed only two hits and two runs in 5.1 innings ... Made his second start of the season against Akron and pitched 3.0 innings... Earned the win at Youngstown State pitching five innings with five strikeouts and only allowing two runs off of two hits ... Handed his first loss after allowing four runs in 5.0 innings against West Virginia ... Pitched a career-long 6.0 innings, striking out five and giving up just one run on three hits ... Had a no-hitter that lasted 6.2 innings and pitched a career-long 8.2 innings against Kent State and allowed just one run on two hits while striking out a personal best seven batters ... Made first relief appearance of the season in the finale at No. 13 Florida State ... Received a no decision at Penn State after striking out five and allowing four runs, three earned, in 5.2 innings... In finale against GT, pitched 4.0 innings and recorded three strikeouts ... Gave up no runs in four total innings of relief in the Virginia Tech series.
2014: Made 13 appearances including one start as a freshman...finished the year with a 2-2 record...registered a 5.12 ERA over 19.1 innings pitched...threw a perfect inning with a strikeout in first career appearance against Butler...threw a career-high 3.2 innings against Presbyterian, striking out a career-high seven batters...threw 3.0 innings of shutout relief in a win against Youngstown State.
High School: Finished with a career record of 17-7 and an ERA lower than 2.00 through all four years of high school...was named to the WPIAL Class AAA All-Section team all four years...finished with high honors academically...was a member of the Allegheny Pirates for two years.
Personal: Born on November 19, 1994...son of Louis and Julie Mersing...has one older sister, Kelsey.
Leblanc Named Perfect Game All-American
AROUND THE DIAMOND: Season Wrap Up with Coach Jordano
Four Land on All-ACC Academic Teams
Leblanc Garners ABCA All-Region Recognition
Leblanc Named NCBWA All-American
Leblanc Named Finalist for Brooks Wallace Award