Pitt, West Virginia will ‘brawl’ at PNC Park next season
Pitt and West Virginia will take the baseball version of the Backyard Brawl to PNC Park on May 14, 2019, the first time those teams have met each other in the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pitt hasn’t played at PNC Park since the 2009 season and owns a 3-2 record there from 2003-2009. All games were against Duquesne, which no longer has a baseball program. West Virginia has defeated Penn State at PNC Park in each of the past two seasons.
The Pitt/West Virginia baseball rivalry dates to 1939, with the Mountaineers owning an 83-73 all-time advantage.
“We are grateful to (President) Frank Coonelly and the Pittsburgh Pirates organization for providing our student-athletes with an unbelievable experience,” Pitt coach Mike Bell said in a statement. “We look forward to continuing to work together to provide our team with memories that will last a lifetime.”
West Virginia has taken the field at PNC Park in each of the last two seasons, claiming victories both times against Penn State.
“The rivalry continues at PNC Park,” Pitt pitcher Chris Gomez said. “Being able to play West Virginia in the best stadium in baseball is very humbling and exciting for our program.”
Added Pitt infielder David Yanni, “Since I’ve been here, games against WVU have always been ones that I circle on our schedule. The games are always so highly anticipated by us players, but also the fans. Now that we have the privilege to play them at one of the most beautiful ballparks in America, the anticipation has been amped up. It is an awesome rivalry to be a part of and I can’t wait to step on the field at PNC Park to take on the Mountaineers.”
Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jerry at email@example.com or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.