Panthers’ Ronan switches to Pitt

Mason Ronan averaged five innings per start this spring for the Penn Cambria baseball team, so going the distance wasn’t a problem.

He just didn’t want to make his family and friends go the distance to watch him pitch in college.

So, Ronan, the Panthers’ rising senior left-hander, changed his mind about attending Michigan State two weeks ago. Instead, he made a verbal commitment last week to Pitt, which offered him a scholarship when he came back onto the market.

“Ultimately, it just came down to being close to home. I have a lot of family and friends around here,” said Ronan, citing the roughly 7-hour drive to East Lansing, Mich. had he followed through on his original intention to go to Michigan State. “I had been thinking about it for a while. I just got to thinking about my family. When I decommitted, Pitt offered.”

Ronan was a first-team Altoona Mirror all-star this year. He went 6-1 with a 0.65 ERA, striking out 84 in 43 innings.

Ronan also batted .367 with two home runs. Penn Cambria went 13-4.