March 8, 2011
Greensboro, N.C. – The Pitt baseball team improved to 4-2 on the season with a 12-0 shutout over North Carolina A&T Tuesday in Greensboro, N.C.
Freshman Ethan Mildren (1-1) pitched eight innings to earn his first win as a Panther, allowing just five hits (all singles) while striking out eight.
Senior designated hitter Kevan Smith hit his first home run of the season while going 3-3 at the plate. Smith drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single in the first inning. He led off the 5th inning with a solo blast to right field.
The Panthers jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two innings and added one in the fifth and four more in the seventh inning.
Eight of the nine Pitt starters reached base with hits while six added multi-hit performances.
The Panthers also used their speed, swiping four bases.
Freshman shortstop Derik Wilson added three hits and while seniors David Chester and Travis Whitmore each added two hits and two RBI.
Pitt collected a season high 17 hits and Mildren’s eight strikeouts are the most by a starter in 2011.
Mildren pounded the strike zone with solid command, not allowing an Aggie to reach base via base on balls.
Senior Lucas Ellex pitched a perfect ninth inning to close the game out. With the loss, the Aggies fall to 6-7 overall.
Both teams will conclude the series tomorrow. First pitch is schedule for 1 p.m.