By Dale Grdnic The Pitt football team knows it’s going to be difficult to fill running back LeSean McCoy’s sizable cleats — and offensive output — after he turned pro, so the Panthers won’t try to do it with just one player. Redshirt sophomore Shariff Harris, redshirt freshman Chris Burns and freshmen Dion Lewis and Raymond Graham are the frontrunners to replace McCoy — a second-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL Draft this past spring — as Pitt’s starting running back. Redshirt junior Kevin Collier, who moved to fullback, actually has the most experience with 37 career carries for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Redshirt sophomore Henry Hynoski, a true fullback, also should get a share of the carries. Harris has 12 carries for 21 career yards with each coming last season. “I see ability, but some inexperience,” Pitt running backs coach David Walker said during springRead More »
Game 3: Pirates vs Braves (1:05 p.m.) * Top prospect Pedro Alvarez will get his first start of the spring today, replacing Eric Hinske in the lineup. Alvarez doubled, RBI in yesterday’s game. Pirates lineup 1. Nate McLouth (CF) 2. Jack Wilson (SS) 3. Freddy Sanchez (2B) 4. Ryan Doumit (C) 5. Adam LaRoche (1B) 6. Pedro Alvarez (DH) 7. Jose Tabata (RF) 8. Ramon Vazquez (3B) 9. Jeff Salazar (LF) Tom Gorzelanny will be the Pirates starting pitcher
Trailing 2-0 with one out in the ninth inning, the Pirates farm system came through Thursday afternoon. Jose Tabata and Neil Walker each walked and top prospect Pedro Alvarez doubled scoring Neil Walker. Alvarez reached for a outside fastball and connected as the ball hit the left/center fence. With the bases loaded Jose Tabata scored on a groundout at first to tie the game at 2-2. Tabata, Walker, and Alvarez all played key roles in the Pirates 3-2 win. The Pirates open the grapefruit league 2-0 Other than Ian Snell, who struggled with his control, the Pirates pitched very well.