March 15, 2013
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh baseball team (11-5) used timely hitting and a complete game from Ethan Mildren (JR/Hopwood, Pa.) to drop Toledo (6-10), 4-2, this afternoon in its second game of the Panther Classic II at Cost Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.
"Toledo is a very well coached solid baseball team and that game could have went either way," said Pitt head coach Joe Jordano. "We got a big hit by Dylan Wolsonovich (FR/Ford City, Pa.) in the second and then manufactured a couple of runs late and that ended up being the difference."
Mildren (3-1) registered the win after pitching 9.0 innings allowing six hits and two runs while striking out a pair of batters. Kyle Shaw (1-3) took the loss for the Rockets.
"Ethan was tremendous tonight," Jordano said. "He is special on the mound and his arm gives us a chance every time he is on the mound."
The Panthers struck first in the bottom of the second scoring a pair of runs. Elvin Soto (SO/New York, N.Y) led off the inning by drawing a walk. A Sam Parente (SR/Pittston, Pa.) bunt moved Soto up 90 feet. AJ Lardo (FR/Baltimore, Md.) followed with a hard hit single to third putting runners on first and second. Wolsonovich brought Soto and Lardo home when he ripped a double to the gap in left center for a pair of RBIs which put Pitt ahead 2-0.
Soto tripled to the gap in right center to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning and was brought home on a Parente fielder's choice to the short stop to extend the Panther lead to 3-0.
Toledo threatened in the top of the sixth getting a runner to second with one out but Mildren was able to work through the jam getting Matt Delewski to flyout to left and then striking out Ben Hammer on a nasty 1-2 breaking ball.
Pitt added an additional run when Toledo brought in a new pitcher, Jared Locke, in the bottom of the seventh. Lardo came up with an aggressive approach and roped a single up middle on the first pitch he saw. Lardo then stole second and third to get 90 feet away. After a Stephen Vranka (JR/Monroeville, Pa.) walk, Locke balked to score Lardo and give the Panthers a 4-0 lead.
The Rockets scored a pair in the top of the eighth but Mildren was able to shut the door in the ninth retiring UT 1-2-3.
Pitt will return to action tomorrow, Saturday, March 16, beginning at 1:15 when they face Niagara (3-15). The Panthers also have a rematch with Toledo at 4:15 on the schedule for the second day of the Panther Classic II, which kicks off with Toledo vs. Niagara at 10:15 a.m.