Feb. 23, 2013
Spartanburg, S.C. - The University of Pittsburgh (4-0) baseball team used a three RBI game from Elvin Soto (SO/New York, N.Y.) and a solid eight inning start from Ethan Mildren (JR/Hopwood, Pa.) to beat Wofford (3-2), 4-3, this afternoon at Russell C. King Field.
Mildren (1-0) picked up the win after pitching eight innings of four hit ball, allowing only two earned runs and striking out seven. Brandon Yarusi (0-1) took the loss for the Terriers, while Tanner Wilt (SO/Allison Park, Pa.) earned his second save of the year for Pitt.
The Panthers got on the board first in the top half of the second inning. Eric Hess (SO/Erie, Pa.) led off the frame with a double to right centerfield and was quickly moved over to second on a bunt by Bennette Hill (FR/Olive Branch, Miss.). Evan Oswald (SR/Butler, Pa.) was able to bring Hess home with a sharp hit grounder to secondbase where the only play was to first making the score 1-0.
After a leadoff single by Casey Roche (JR/Downingtown, Pa.), Pitt was able to add to its lead in the top of the third inning when Elvin Soto (SO/New York, N.Y.) belted a 1-0 offering from Yarusi into deep right field to push the lead to Panther lead to 3-0.
Wofford was able to get a pair of runs back in the bottom of the frame when Josh Hyman doubled down the rightfield line to score a pair of Terriers. However, Mildren was able to keep his composure and got Seth Neely to strike out looking to end the frame.
Soto came up with another clutch hit in the top of the fifth to score Roche, who had reached on a walk earlier in the frame. With Roche at second after a stolen base, Soto ripped the first pitch he saw from Yarusi into the gap in center field brining the Pitt lead back to two runs at 4-2.
The Terriers looked to answer in the bottom of the fifth when Clark Wise hit a one out double down the left field line but Mildren was able to pitch out of the jam forcing a pair of routine groundouts to end the inning.
From there, both pitching staffs were able to settle in with no runners advancing into scoring position until the bottom of the ninth thanks in large part to the steady pitching of Mildren who allowed only one baserunner and tallied three strikeouts in his final three innings of work.
Wilt came in to close the game in the ninth and allowed a leadoff double to Hyman. After a Neely single to short, Wilt was able to find his rhythm and strike out Matt Ramsey and Eric Brenk. On the Brenk strikeout, Wofford was successful in executing a double steal allowing Hyman to score and cutting the Pitt lead to a single run. With the tying run now in scoring position, Wilt didn't panic and was able to seal the game with a strikeout of Luke Feisal.
The Panthers and Terriers will play a doubleheader beginning at noon tomorrow at Russell C. King Field. The first contest is scheduled for seven innings while the second will be a full nine inning game.