March 9, 2013
PITTSBURGH — The University of Pittsburgh baseball team (6-4) defeated Youngstown State (3-13) Saturday afternoon in its first game of the Panther Classic I, 9-2
Ethan Mildren (JR/Hopwood, Pa.) picked up the win for Pitt after pitching 8.0 innings, allowing six hits, two earned runs and striking out six. Blake Aquadro took the loss for YSU.
Following a flawless frame from Mildren in the top of the first inning, the Panthers quickly jumped on the board to take a 2-0 lead over the Penguins with a two-out rally sparked by a Sam Parente (SR/Pittston, Pa.) triple to center field that scored Casey Roche (JR/Downingtown, Pa.) and Steven Shelinsky, Jr (JR/Yardley, Pa.). Elvin Soto (SO/New York, N.Y.) then drove in a pair of runs off of starting pitcher Blake Aquadro with a double to left-center to put Pitt ahead, 4-0. Soto later scored on a fielding error by Youngstown State first baseman Marcus Heath on a ball put in play by Evan Oswald (SR/Butler, Pa.) to give the Panthers a 5-0 advantage.
Mildren induced four groundball outs and sat four batters down on strikes in 3.1 innings of perfect baseball before surrendering Youngstown State’s first hit of the game to Phil Lipari, who doubled down the left field line. Drew Dosch followed with a sharp single up the middle to score Lipari from second to cut the deficit to 5-1 in the fourth.
Mike Accardi started things off for the Penguins in the top of the sixth with a single through the left side of the infield. With two outs Youngstown State put Accardi in motion on the bases but he was caught stealing by Soto to end the inning. The putout was the second time the Panthers ended an inning with a runner caught stealing on defense.
Eric Hess (SO/Erie, Pa.) put on an incredibly display of defense to open the top of the seventh inning with a diving catch at first base stopping a Dosch groundball that was relayed to Mildren covering the bag for the putout. With no runners on base, Kris Moules delivered a two-out double to left and later scored on another Youngstown State double, this time by Kris Moules, to cut the game to 5-2.
The Panthers piled on four insurance runs in the bottom of eighth starting with a base on balls drawn by Hess to lead off the inning. Roche connected for a two-run home run over the left field fence to score Hess giving Pitt a 7-2 lead. Parente and Boo Vazquez (SO/Youngstown, Ohio) then reached base on consecutive errors by Penguins shortstop Lipari and were knocked in by Soto on a single to right to extend the Panthers’ hold on the game, 9-2.
Jimmy Devine (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) came in for Pitt in the ninth and closed the door on the Penguins to secure the victory for the Panthers.
Pitt has returned to the field in the second game of the Panther Classic I facing Manhattan. For more on that contest check back with PittsburghPanthers.com.