March 10, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh baseball team (8-4) defeated Manhattan (3-8), 9-3, this afternoon in its first game of the day at the Panther Classic I.
Rhys Aldenhoven (JR/Victoria, Australia) (2-0) got the win after going 8.0 allowing a mere four hits, no earned runs and striking out five. Scott McClennan took the loss for the Jaspers.
The Panthers struck first in the bottom half of the second inning. After Sam Parente (SR/Pittston, Pa.) reached on wild pitch on strike 3. Steven Shleinsky Jr. (Yardley, Pa.) tripled off the wall in left center. Evan Oswald (SR/Butler, Pa.) ripped single into right field to give Pitt a 2-0 lead.
Pitt added to its advantage in the home half of the third. Eric Hess (SO/Erie, Pa.) started the rally with a one-out single to left. Hess was followed by Casey Roche (JR/Downingtown, Pa.) who slammed his fourth homerun of the season over the wall in deep left center. Boo Vazquez (SO/Youngstown, Ohio) followed with a double to right. Parente was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Elvin Soto (SO/New York, N.Y.) then came to the plate and brought Vazquez and Parente home with a triple to right center to push the Panther advantage to 6-0.
Manhattan was able to tack on runs in the top of the fifth and seventh innings to cut the Pitt lead to 6-2. The Panthers struck back in the bottom of the seventh adding a pair of runs on sacrifice flys and a run on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the eighth to take a 9-2 lead into the ninth.
Pitt will be back in action shortly against Youngstown State in its final game of the Panther Classic I.