Sports Recap For Saturday March 17, 2018

Pirates, March Madness, Riverhounds and More on St. Patrick's Day

March 17, 2018 - 11:36 pm

The Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament began Saturday afternoon down at PPG Paints Arena as Villanova and Alabama squared off and the Crimson Tide kept it close in the 1st half, but the Wildcats were able to pull away and defeat Alabama 81-58 to advance to the Sweet 16.  In the second game of the day at PPG Paints Arena, Duke took care of business against Rhode Island as they defeat the Rams 87-62 to advance.  Other teams who advanced to the Sweet 16 Saturday include Gonzaga, Kansas, Loyola-Chicago, Kentucky and Texas Tech.

Pirates and Twins faced each other down in Bradenton today in Spring Training action as Pittsburgh defeat Minnesota 13-5.  Cervelli, Luplow and Rodriguez all homered in the game to support a nice rebound start by Chad Kuhl.  Opening Day in Detroit is now 12 days away.

This weekend the PGA Tour is in Orlando, FL for the Arnold Palmer Invitational and after three rounds Henrik Stenson is in the lead at 12 under par.  Bryson DeChambeau is a stroke back in 2nd place at 11 under and Rory McIlroy rounds out the top 3 as he sits at 10 under.  Tiger Woods is Tied for 10th at 7 under heading into Sunday.  Final round coverage is on NBC Sunday afternoon.

The Riverhounds SC closed out their preseason schedule Saturday afternoon at Highmark Stadium falling to Villanova 1-0.  Pittsburgh finished the preseason with a record of 8-1.  The Riverhounds SC open up the regular season next Saturday (March 24) in Tennessee against Nashville SC at 6 pm.

Pitt Softball is down in Chapel Hill, NC this weekend to face UNC in an ACC Conference Series.  After losing Game One to the Tar Heels Friday night, the Panthers defeat UNC 6-3 Saturday afternoon.  Pitt improves to 14-11-1 (3-2 in ACC) and will go for the series victory Sunday afternoon against the Tar Heels at 1 pm.

Pitt Baseball is also down in Chapel Hill, NC this weekend to face UNC and after dropping Game 1 on Friday, the Panthers fell in Game 2 Saturday afternoon 4-0. Pitt is now 11-6 (1-4 in ACC) and will close out the series Sunday afternoon at 1 pm.

The Penguins are off until Tuesday when they travel to New York to face the Islanders.  But, there is some good news from Penguins practice as Matt Murray did fully participate for the first time since his concussion.