April 7, 2013
Tampa, Fla. - USF (18-14, 7-2 Big East) scored runs in the bottom of the eighth and ninth to come back and defeat Pitt (20-9, 3-3 Big East), 3-2, this afternoon at the USF Baseball Stadium.
“Very tough weekend especially with leads late but that is part of the game,” said head coach Joe Jordano. “We must regroup and move forward. I look forward to getting back on the field on Tuesday. We have to get some of our young arms some experience. That will be critical at the end of the season.”
Lawrence Pardo (2-0) picked up the win in relief for the Bulls, while Joe Harvey (SO/Audobon, Pa.) (0-1) took the loss for Pitt.
USF took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. The Bulls had a chance to push their lead to 2-0 but Casey Roche (JR/Downingtown, Pa.) gunned down Jimmy Falla at the plate for the third out of the inning.
Pitt got on the board in the top of the seventh when it scored a pair. Roche started the inning with a double into left field and was followed by a Steven Shelinsky Jr. (JR/Yardley, Pa.) monster homerun to the deepest part of the ball field in right center giving the Panthers a 2-1 lead.
Rhys Aldenhoven (JR/Victoria, Australia) stayed out for the bottom of the frame and was able to work around a leadoff single by Zac Gilcrease with a strikeout and a double play ball. The bottom of the seventh closed the book on Aldenhoven with yet another quality start of 7.0 innings, one earned and a career-best nine strikeouts.
Unfortunately for the Panthers, the bullpen could not hold the lead and USF scored a run in each of the final two innings to secure the 3-2 win and series sweep.
Pitt returns to action on Tuesday when they Travel to Youngstown State for a midweek matchup.