March 4, 2011
PITTSBURGH--The Pitt baseball team improved to (3-1) this season with an 11-5 victory over Wofford Friday afternoon in Spartanburg, S.C.
Seven Panthers collected RBI's and sophomore Alex Caravella stymied the Terriers with 3.2 innings of shutout baseball to earn the win.
Despite falling behind 4-1 after three innings, the Panthers got the bats rolling in the fifth inning, scoring three runs with RBI's by three different seniors.
Travis Whitmore started the scoring in the fourth with a sacrifice fly. John Schultz followed up with an RBI double to right field before Kevan Smith singles Schultz home on an RBI single to right.Whitmore finished the day 2 for 4 at the plate while Schultz led the team with 3 hits and Smith went 2-5 with 3 RBI.
A Wofford run in the sixth put the Terriers back on top and knocked out Pitt starter Corey Baker. However, Caravella entered the game and struck out the final batter of the inning with two men on base at the time.
Caravella followed up with an incredible seventh inning in which the sophomore struck out the side in order.
The Panthers bats again came alive, building off of Caravella's momentum. Five straight Panthers reached base to start the seventh inning and Wofford reliever Anthony Rowland gave up two base on balls with the bases loaded.
Sophomore Ronald Sucre delivered a two-out two-run single to center to cap the six run inning.
Caravella took care of the rest, finishing the game with 3.2 inning pitched, not allowing a hit or walk while striking out six of the 11 batters he faced.
Baker, seeking to tie the Pitt record for all-time wins by a pitcher, took a no-decision after giving up 5 earned runs on 5.1 innings pitched. The senior allowed 10 hits and walked four while striking out 4.
Both teams are tentatively scheduled to play a doubleheader beginning tomorrow at noon. With rain likely on Sunday, both teams will attempt to conclude the series on Saturday.