Feb. 24, 2013
Spartanburg, S.C. – The University of Pittsburgh (4-1) baseball team dropped its first game of the season to Wofford (4-2), 3-2, in the first of two games this afternoon at Russell C. King Field. The game was only seven innings to allow for a second nine inning contest to be played later in the day.
Jesse Morris (2-0) picked up the win for the Terriers, while Eric Eck tallied the save after a 1-2-3 seventh. Matt Wotherspoon (JR, Mountain Top, Pa.) (1-1) took the loss for the Panthers after allowing six hits, three runs (two earned), with three strikeouts in six innings of work.
After the starters kept the game scoreless through the first three innings of play, Pitt struck first in the top of the fourth inning. Sam Parente (SR/Pittston, Pa.) led off the frame with a double rocketed down the line in left. A.J. Lardo (FR/Baltimore, Md.) wasted little time in bringing Parente home smacking a 1-1 offering from Morris into left for an RBI. Lardo was able to move to second on a wayward throw to home to give the Panthers a runner in scoring position with no outs and a run home. After Morris forced a pair of harmless flyballs, Bennette Hill (FR, Olive Branch, Miss.) came up with a clutch single up the middle to score Lardo for his first career RBI giving Pitt a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the fourth.
The Terriers were able to get a run back in the bottom of the frame when Matt Ramsay brought home Josh Hyman on a grounder to second where Hill’s only play was to first.
Wofford tied the game up in the fifth taking advantage of a pair of Panther errors to bring Matt Kasko home and even the game at 2-2.
Pitt was unable to capitalize on a one out hit from Hill in the top of the sixth and the Terriers took advantage scoring what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the inning on squeeze play.
The Panthers and Terriers will return to the field shortly to play the final game of the series.