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March 5, 2017

Box Score

SPARTANBURG, S.C.—The Pitt baseball team finished its weekend in South Carolina by dropping a 3-1 pitchers’ duel to Wright State on Sunday afternoon at USC Upstate’s Harley Park.

The Panthers (7-4, 0-0 ACC) limited Wright State, a team that received votes in the NCAA Baseball USA Today Coaches’ Poll after wins over top-15 teams Clemson and South Carolina earlier this season, to just six hits. But Pitt managed only three hits of its own against the Raiders (7-4, 0-0 Horizon). A solo home run by Nick Banman in the fourth inning contributed the only scoring of the game for the Panthers.

The Raiders scored twice in the third inning on a single followed by two doubles, and WSU starter Danny Sexton limited Pitt’s offense to only Banman’s towering homer in the innings that followed.

Wright State added an insurance run in the seventh off Pitt starter Josh Falk, who threw 7.0 innings with three earned runs allowed on six hits with five strikeouts against zero walks.

“This was a good, solid baseball game with strong pitching on both sides and fundamental defensive performances from both teams,” Pitt head coach Joe Jordano said of the defeat to Wright State. “Unfortunately, we came out on the wrong end. I thought we competed hard in a difficult situation given our recent injuries. Josh Falk gave us seven solid innings and did a really nice job on the mound.”

With this weekend in South Carolina now completed, Panthers have the week to prepare for the test of a road trip to No. 8 Louisville for a three-game series next Friday, Saturday and Sunday that represents the opening set in ACC play for both teams.

“We got some decent work in this weekend, but it was a disappointing 1-3 result in the end,” Jordano added of Pitt’s weekend against Wofford, USC Upstate and Wright State. “Breaking it down, our pitching and defense played well on the whole and gave us a chance to win almost every game. But our offensive approach needs to work on being more consistent. We need to produce more runs, which will be our focus going into a tough weekend series against Louisville to open up our ACC schedule.”

The Panthers and Cardinals are scheduled to open their series next Friday, March 10 at 6 p.m. First pitch on Saturday and Sunday is set for 1 p.m. at Louisville’s Jim Patterson Stadium. All three games will be shown live on ACC Network Extra via ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

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Pitt Edged by Wright State in Pitching Duel, 3-1

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