March 2, 2013
Charleston, S.C. – The University of Pittsburgh (5-3) baseball team dropped a 5-4 contest to UNC Asheville (5-4) in 10 innings in its second game of the Charleston Crab House Shootout this afternoon at Riley Park.
“Quite frankly we did not do anything to win this game today,” said Pitt head coach Joe Jordano. “We did not follow our offensive philosophy at all and it hurt. We gave away an incredible amount of at bats and did not make in-game adjustments. I credit Asheville for making big pitching and scoring three of its five runs with two outs. That’s getting it done. We did not.”
Billy Creighton (1-0) picked up the win after pitching a scoreless 10th, while J.R. Leonardi (JR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) (1-1) took the loss for Pitt.
UNC Ashville struck first in the bottom of the third inning when Tommy Houmard singled home Ian Graham. The Panthers responded quickly in the top of the fourth. Casey Roche (JR/Downingtown, Pa.) led off the inning with a single into left field and was moved into scoring position when Sam Parente (SR/Pittston, Pa.) drew a walk. Roche then stole third and was brought home on a balk from Asheville starter Lucas Clarke.
After the teams exchanged scoreless halves of the fifth inning, the Bulldogs scored again in the bottom of the sixth. Houmard led off the inning with a triple into center field and was brought home by a one-out Todd Joyner double. Matt Wotherspoon (JR/Mountain Top, Pa.) was able to limit the damage and pitch out of the jam by closing the inning, and his day, with a pair of strikeouts.
Pitt responded in the top of the seventh when Elvin Soto
(SO/New York, N.Y.) smashed his second homerun of the season into deep left center field to tie the score at 2-2.
The Bulldogs added a pair of runs in the bottom half of the seventh inning but the Panthers chipped away at the lead in the eighth when Soto singled home Steven Shelinsky Jr. (JR/Yardley, Pa.).
Pitt tied the game in the top of the ninth when Evan Oswald (SR/Butler, Pa.), who led off the inning with a double into the left center field gap, scored on a wild pitch.
UNC Asheville was able to win the game when Todd Joyner scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning.
“As I said after the first weekend, we have a lot of work to do and it has shown this weekend,” Jordano said. “It is a work in progress and we will continue to work at it. I look forward to playing a very, very good VCU team tomorrow.”
The Panthers close their trip to the Charleston Crab House Shootout tomorrow, March 3, at 11 a.m. when they face VCU (6-0). Rhys Aldenhoven (JR/Victoria, Australia) (1-0 5.73 ERA)is scheduled to take the bump for Pitt, while the Rams are slated to send Ryan Farrar (2-0, 0.69 ERA) to the mound.