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.
Jordano to Join Saturday's Pirates Preview on 93.7 The Fan
Jacob Wright Named to All-ACC Academic Team
Billy Alvino Added to Baseball Coaching Staff
Panthers Participate in Collegiate Summer Leagues
Rich Condeelis Selected by Minnesota Twins in MLB Draft
Hobie Harris Selected by New York Yankees in MLB Draft