March 1, 2013
Charleston, S.C. – The University of Pittsburgh (5-2) baseball team dropped an 8-0 contest to The Citadel (5-4) in its first game of the Charleston Crab House Shootout, this afternoon at Riley Park.
“It was a disappointing loss tonight,” said Pitt head coach Joe Jordano. “I thought we had some opportunities to score early and we did not get the big hit. The Citadel is a very good team and they did a great job of getting hits in RBI situations, their starter pitched well and got some big outs when he needed them.”
Austin Pritcher (2-0) picked up the win after pitching five innings of scoreless ball. Ethan Mildren (JR/Hopwood, Pa.) (1-1) took the loss for Pitt after allowing six runs in five innings of work.
The Citadel struck first when Drew DeKerlegand hit a one-out solo homerun to left field. DeKerlegand’s homer was followed by a double to right and a walk to put runners at first and second with one out. Mildren was able to pitch out of the jam getting Tyler Griffin to line out to Steven Shelinsky Jr. (JR/Yardley, Pa.) who alertly fired the ball into Bennette Hill (FR/Olive Branch, Miss.) to get the double play and end the threat.
After scoreless second third and fourth innings, Pitt threated in the top of the fifth when Evan Oswald (SR/Butler, Pa.) ripped a double into left field. Following an out, Eric Hess (SO/Erie, Pa.) drew a walk to put two men on. The Panthers were aggressive on the basepaths as Oswald and Hess were successful on a double steal to place runners at second and third with one out. Unfortunately for Pitt, the runners were left stranded and Bulldogs were able to get out of the top of the fifth with their 1-0 advantage.
The momentum from the hold in the top of the inning carried into the bottom of the fifth for The Citadel as it struck for five runs on six hits to push the lead to 6-0 and chase Mildren from the game.
The Bulldogs looked like they were going to strike for more in the bottom of the sixth inning loading the bases with one out but Jimmy Devine (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) came out of the pen and was able to induce an inning-ending 4-3 double play to keep the Citadel’s lead at 6-0.
The Citadel tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the eighth and were able to retire Pitt in the ninth to secure the win, 8-0.
“On the bright side, we had eight hits and hit the ball hard several times but came up empty,” Jordano said. “We have to get back on track tomorrow against UNC-Asheville.”
The Panthers will play their second game of the Charleston Crab House Shootout tomorrow, March 2, at noon when they face UNC-Asheville (3-5). Matt Wotherspoon (JR, Mountain Top, Pa.) (1-1, 5.40 ERA) is scheduled to take the bump for Pitt, while the Bulldogs are slated to send Elliott Criss (1-0, 5.40 ERA) to the mound.