Pitt Set for First Season with Conference Divisions

Panthers will be a Part of the ACC Coastal Division.

PITTSBURGH – With the addition of Duke as a Division I softball team, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) will split into the Atlantic and Coastal Divisions for the 2018 season. The University of Pittsburgh, who finished ninth in the ACC Preseason Poll, will be a part of the Coastal Division.

Joining the Panthers in the Coastal Division will be Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Florida State, the No. 6 team in the nation and projected ACC Champion heading into the 2018 season, will be a part of the Atlantic Division along with Boston College, Louisville, NC State, Notre Dame and Syracuse.

The ACC will now feature 12 total teams, eight of which Pitt will face this season. In the squads’ first year in the Coastal, the Panthers will face every opponent in the division. From the Atlantic Division, Pitt is set to square off with the Seminoles, Cardinals and Wolfpack.

The Panthers season gets underway this weekend as the team heads to Fullerton, Calif., for the Titan Classic, hosted by Cal State Fullerton. The three-day tournament will feature the home team, along with Utah State, Rutgers and Loyola Marymount.

2018 ACC Softball Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Florida State (11) – 121
2. North Carolina (1) – 105
3. Notre Dame – 97
4. Louisville – 90
5. Boston College – 85
6. Syracuse – 62
7. Virginia Tech – 57
8. Virginia – 43
9. Pitt – 42
10. NC State – 41
11. Georgia Tech – 29
12. Duke – 20

Atlantic Division

1. Florida State (11) – 121
2. Notre Dame- 97
3. Louisville – 90
4. Boston College – 85
5. Syracuse – 62
6. NC State – 41

Coastal Division

1. North Carolina (1) – 105
2. Virginia Tech – 57
3. Virginia – 43
4. Pitt – 42
5. Georgia Tech – 29
6. Duke – 20

Source- Pitt Media Relations

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