Feb. 25, 2012
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Pitt jumped out to an early lead but succumbed to a late rally by Wofford in an 8-7 loss in a non-conference baseball matchup Saturday.
The Panthers led 5-3 after six innings before giving up three runs in the bottom of the seventh. They responded with a pair of runs in the top of the eighth to take a 6-5 lead, but gave up a pair in the bottom half of the eighth, falling to 2-4 on the season.
“It was a tough one today,” said Pitt head coach Joe Jordano. “Our starter Ethan Mildren pitched well, as did Alex Caravella and Tanner Wilt. We could not catch a break, but Wofford did pick up the big hits at the right time. We simply need to play a complete game. We are moving towards it, and we’ll be back at it again tomorrow.”
Picking up where they left off in a 22-12 win on Friday, the Panthers got on the scoreboard early thanks to a two-run home run by Rick Devereaux in the top of the first inning. It was the third home run of the season and second of the series for Devereaux, who finished with three RBI to give him 16 in six games.
Mildren gave Pitt 6.1 strong innings on the mound, giving up four runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out six. He was in line for the win when he exited the game.
Wofford took its first lead of the game on a pinch-hit, three-run home run by Luke Feisal in the bottom of the seventh inning. After Pitt regained the lead with two runs in the top of the eighth inning, the Terriers scored the tying and go-ahead runs on back-to-back RBI singles by Konstantine Diamaduros and Eric Brenk.
Pitt had 10 hits in the game, all singles with the exception of Devereaux’s homer. Anthony Defabio, Devereaux and Casey Roche had two hits apiece, while Stephen Vranka, Elvin Soto, Derik Wilson and Kevin Johnson had one each.
The top three batters in the Panther lineup continued to produce at an impressive rate. Vranka (.435 avg., .536 OBP) and DeFabio (.550 avg., .667 OBP) have been successful getting on base and Devereaux has done his part to make sure they score. Vranka leads the team with 11 runs, while DeFabio is right behind him with 10.
The Panthers will turn to Matt Wotherspoon on Sunday, hoping the right-handed sophomore can lead the team to a win in the third game of the series with the Terriers.