April 4, 2009
TAMPA, Fla. — The University of Pittsburgh baseball team dropped the first game of its series with the University of South Florida, 8-1, here at Red McEwen Field in Tampa, Fla. The Bulls held the Panthers to one run on eight hits, well under their season averages.
Nate Reed (1-3) was charged with the loss tonight after throwing six and a third innings, giving up 11 hits and eight earned runs. The loss was Reed’s second straight in Big East Conference play.
Randy Fontanez picked up his second in of the season after throwing a complete game, scattering eight hits and allowing just one run while striking out six Panther batters.
Morgan Kielty and Nathan Hood each tallied two hits on the night for Pitt.
USF took a 4-0 lead after plating three in the second and one in the third. Daniel Rockhold’s RBI double to right center started the Bulls scoring. Peter Brotons’ RBI single was followed by Jonathan Koscso’s RBI sacrifice fly to round out the scoring in the second frame.
Sam Mende’s sacrifice fly in the USF half of the third allowed Todd Brazeal to score, putting South Florida up 4-0 through three complete innings.
The Pitt offense woke up in the seventh with Hood doubling down the right field line and later scoring on a throwing error by Fontanez, cutting the Bulls lead to 4-1.
USF closed the door on the Panthers with a four-run seventh, extending their lead to 8-1.
The Panthers and Bulls will meet again tomorrow night at Red McEwen Field. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.