Pitt Panthers fell to Miami Hurricanes 5-3 in the series opener of their final ACC matchup in Coral Gables on Thursday night. Dom Popa led the Panthers with two hits, marking his 16th multi-hit game this season, while Justin Fogel and Tyler Bischke each contributed with RBIs. Pitt originally led 3-1 after a productive top of the sixth, but Miami rallied with a three-run seventh inning and an additional run in the eighth to secure the win. Ryan Andrade provided a strong start, allowing one run on four hits with six strikeouts over 4.2 innings. Key plays included Jayden Melendez’s run scored on a wild pitch and his defensive efforts throwing out two base stealers.

By the Numbers
  • Dom Popa: 2-4, 16th multi-hit game of the season
  • Ryan Andrade: 4.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 6 Ks
  • Miami: 3-run seventh inning to regain lead
Yes, But

Despite a solid start from Ryan Andrade and an early lead, the Panthers couldn't maintain their advantage as Miami's offense surged in the later innings. Contributions from key players like Melendez and defensive highlights were overshadowed by the Hurricanes’ timely hitting.

State of Play
  • Pitt's record in ACC series stands in jeopardy as they drop the opener in this critical matchup.
  • Strong individual performances were insufficient to secure a win against Miami's resilient late-game play.
What's Next

The Panthers will look to rebound in the second game of the series, needing to perform under pressure to stay competitive in the ACC standings. Emphasis will be placed on sustaining offensive momentum and tightening defensive efforts in the latter innings.

Bottom Line

Pitt’s fight was evident, but late-inning resilience from Miami revealed gaps that need addressing. The Panthers must capitalize on their strong starts and find ways to maintain leads to succeed in their final ACC push.