Feb. 16, 2014
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh baseball team (2-0) used a balanced offensive attack, with five players recording RBI, and a solid relief outing from Hobie Harris (JR/McKinney, Texas) to defeat Coastal Carolina (0-2), 10-6, this afternoon at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.
Harris (1-0) earned the win after a solid 4.1 innings of relief while Tyler Herb (0-1) took the loss.
Pitt got on the scoreboard first taking advantage of sloppy Chanticleer defense in the first. Boo Vazquez (JR/Youngstown, Ohio) reached on a single through the right side of the infield and was able to score thanks to a pair of wild pitches. Casey Roche (SR/Downingtown, Pa.) reached on a dropped third strike and quickly moved into scoring position by swiping second. Jordan Frabasilio (JR/Chandler, Ariz.) then hit an infield single to short and got caught in a rundown long enough to allow Roche to score and give the Panthers a 2-0 advantage.
Coastal tied the score in the home half of the first and took the lead in the fourth chasing Pitt starter Rhys Aldenhoven (SR/Victoria, Australia) from the game and bringing Harris into the fray with a runner on third and two down. Harris came in poised and got Michael Paez to harmlessly fly out to center ending the threat.
The Panthers regained the lead in the top of the fifth with a three spot. Matt Johnson (JR/Plano, Texas) led off the inning with a rope down the right field line. Manny Pazos (FR/Miami, Fla.) followed by working a walk after falling behind in the count 1-2. Dylan Wolsonovich (SO/Ford City, Pa.) reached on an error to load the bases and Stephen Vranka (SR/Monroeville, Pa.) followed with a walk of his own to bring home Johnson and force Herb from the game. Vazquez then stepped to the dish and sent a 3-1 pitch through the right side of the infield for a pair of RBI to give Pitt the 5-3 lead.
Harris then mowed down the Chants in order in the bottom of the fifth, getting the CCU batters to go three-up-three-down on a mere seven pitches.
Pitts’ bats stayed hot in the middle innings as they added a run in the sixth, three in the seventh and one in the eighth to push the lead to 10-3.
Eric Hess (SR/Erie, Pa.) led off the sixth with a rope up the middle and came home on a throwing error with two outs.
In the seventh, Steven Shelinsky Jr. (SR/Furlong, Pa.) started the frame getting hit by a 1-2 pitch. Frabasilio reached on a throwing error to put a pair on for Hess who moved them over with a perfect bunt to the pitcher. Johnson was then intentionally walked to load the bases for Pazos who grounded out to third but had enough steam on the ball to bring home Shelinsky and keep the inning alive for Pitt. Wolsonovich took advantage on the very next pitch by ripping a double into left field for a pair of RBI.
Roche led off the eighth crushing a no doubter of a home run into the seats in left to give the Panthers a 10-3 lead which they took into the bottom of the ninth.
While Pitt’s bats were working so was Harris as he ran through the sixth, seventh and eighth without allowing a single run.
Coastal finally got to Harris for three in the ninth, his fifth inning of work, but Andrew Belfiglio (SO/Newtown Square, Pa.) was able to retire the final two batters to lock up the win, 10-6.
The Panthers and Chanticleers are currently wrapping up their series with the second game of a double header, a seven inning affair.
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