May 14, 2014
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - It is a must-win situation for the University of Pittsburgh baseball team (22-27, 11-16 ACC) this weekend as the Panthers conclude the regular season at Notre Dame (19-31, 6-21 ACC) in a three game set at Frank Eck Stadium.
The series opener is set for Thursday evening at 5:35 p.m., while Friday's contest is also scheduled for 5:35 p.m. The series finale on Saturday is slated for 1:05 p.m.
The Panthers are currently in a tie for the 10th and final ACC Tournament spot with NC State. Both teams are 11-16 in conference and both are on the road visiting the bottom two teams of the ACC (Pitt at Notre Dame, NC State at Virginia Tech).
If both teams are tied at the conclusion of the weekend, the tie break would be decided by the best win versus a common opponent (the first tie break is head-to-head, and the second is winning percentage vs. divisional opponents. Pitt and NC State did not play this season and they are both 8-10 vs. their divisional opponents, meaning the third tie break is best win vs. a common opponent).
If both teams win 2-of-3 this weekend, it could potentially set up a three way tie with Wake Forest if the Demon Deacons get swept by No. 1 Virginia. If both Pitt and NC State sweep their opponents and Virginia sweeps Wake Forest, Pitt and NC State would jump the Demon Deacons and they would be left out of postseason play.
If Pitt and NC State both sweep and Wake Forest takes one from Virginia, it could potentially set up a four-way tie for the final three spots, adding Georgia Tech to the mix who is done with conference play at 14-16. In that case, the tie break would go to the best win versus a common opponent.
Obviously there is a lot that still needs to be played out this weekend, but for the Panthers the task is to simply win all of their games this weekend and see where they stand at the end.
The Panthers will look to rebound from last weekend when they were swept by Maryland at home. That home sweep marked just the second time Pitt has ever been swept at home since the Petersen Sports Complex was built in 2011 (UConn in 2012). Pitt finished with a 10-9 record at home this season and is 65-29 all-time at Charles L. Cost Field (.691%).