Feb. 23, 2014
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The University of Pittsburgh baseball team (4-2) lost to Fordham (1-2), 9-2, Sunday afternoon in the final game of the USC-Upstate Tournament in Spartanburg, S.C.
“There were not many positives today,” head coach Joe Jordano said. “We simply did not get it done. The difference was that Fordham scored the majority of its runs with two outs. They got some very big hits and made some very big pitches in important offensive situations for us. They did what we did not. We’ll get back to work Monday.”
Cody Johnson picked up the win for the Rams after striking out six and allowing no hits through three innings in relief. T.J. Zeuch (FR/Mason, Ohio) (0-1, 1.93 ERA) was tagged with the losing decision for the Panthers despite only permitting one earned run in two frames.
Joseph Runco reached on an infield error and advanced to second on a passed ball to start the top of the first. After another mishandled ball that was put in play by Matthew Cianci, Fordham managed to put runners on the corners with nobody out. Tim Swatek singled to center field to score Runco from third, allowing the Rams to take a 1-0 lead.
Charles Galiano followed Swatek’s RBI knock with a walk to load the bases. Two batters latter, Cianci scored on a wild pitch to put Fordham up by two runs. Ryan McNally produced the final pair of runs in the opening frame by doubling to score Galiano and Swatek, 4-0.
Stephen Vranka (SR/Monroeville, Pa.) opened the home half of the first with a base on balls and Steven Shelinsky, Jr. (SR/Furlong, Pa.) did the same with two outs. After Vranka and Shelinsky, Jr. moved into scoring position on a wild pitch by J.C. Porter, Eric Hess (JR/Erie, Pa.) singled through the right side to cut the deficit to three, 4-1.
In the top of the second inning, Luke Stampfl delivered a leadoff single to right field and found his way to third after advancing on a sacrifice bunt and groundball out. Stampfl then scored on a base hit up the middle by Cianci to give the Rams a four-run lead once more, 5-1.
Caleb Parry (FR/Riverside, Calif.) tripled to left center with one down in the bottom of the second inning and was driven in by Dylan Wolsonovich (SO/Ford City, Pa.) on a single to right field to make it a 5-2 ball game.
Fordham, however, added another run in the fourth by capitalizing on a defensive mistake by Pitt. McNally reached on an infield error and followed with a swipe of second base to begin Fordham’s half of the inning. McNally moved on to third base on a groundball to short and then scored on a Runco single to center field to put the Rams on top by a 6-2 score.
Swatek homered to left to give Fordham a 7-2 lead in the top of the fifth, marking the only earned run Joseph Harvey (JR/Audobon, Pa.) allowed in his four frames of work in relief.
Joseph DeVito led off the top of the eighth inning with a walk and advanced to second on an unassisted groundball out to Hess at first base. DeVito came around to score on Swatek’s third hit of the game – an RBI single through the right side – to push Fordham further ahead, 8-2.
The top of the ninth featured a David Judisky walk and Ian Edmiston single through the left side off of reliever Adam Dian (JR/Gibsonia, Pa.). McNally then delivered a one-out single to center to score Judisky and to stretch the Rams’ lead to seven runs, 9-2.
The Panthers return to action this weekend when they travel to Greenville, N.C. to compete against Ohio State, East Carolina and Western Kentucky in the Keith LeClair Classic.