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PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh baseball team fell in the finale of the weekend series with the University of Miami Saturday afternoon, dropping a 5-3 decision to the Hurricanes at Charles L. Cost Field.
Pitt (15-17, 7-11 ACC) drops the season series with the Hurricanes after claiming a win in game one before falling in the final two.
"I was honstely disappointed," said head coach Joe Jordano. "We did a really good job in game one yesterday and didn't convert in game two and obviously we had our opportunities in this ballgame and couldn't get the job done. I amire how we kind of battled back a little bit in the ninth, but there was no question that we have to do more with our at bats throughout the course of the game, we're just having some really weak outs and we have to correct that."
Miami struck early, plating two in the first to take a lead they would not surrender. Randy Batista got Miami's offense going with a leadoff single to left field, and James Davison advanced him to second on a sacrifice bunt. Carl Chester produced a single to put Batista on third, and Romy Gonzalez cleaned up with a hit to right field, sending Batista home for a 1-0 Hurricanes lead.
After senior starter Josh Falk struck out Christopher Barr, Nico Baldor singled to right field to score Chester, making it 2-0.
In the bottom of the fifth, Alex Amos singled to left field for the Panther's second hit of the day, and Manny Pazos pushed him to second on a sacrifice bunt. Jacob Wright put Pitt on the board with an RBI single, sending Amos home to cut the Miami lead to 2-1.
Yaya Chentouf sent a long ball to left field for a double in the bottom of the sixth, bringing up P.J. DeMeo who grounded out but moved Chentouf to third. The Hurricanes went to their bullpen, subbing Andrew Cabezas for Michael Mediavilla. Amos was unable to help procure the tying run, striking out as Chentouf was stranded.
Sam Mersing entered the game for Pitt at the top of the seventh to relieve Falk. The Hurricanes extended their lead to 3-1 after a single from Chester sent Batista home. The Panthers were able to minimize the damage as Gonzalez flied out to conclude the half inning.
Pitt's bats came alive in the bottom of the seventh as Pazos, Nico Popa, Wright and Caleb Parry singled in order, closing the gap to just one run, 3-2.
Miami stayed ahead with a two-run homer in the top of the eighth by Edgar Michelangeli, taking a 5-2 lead.
Pitt kept things alive in the bottom of the ninth as a double from Pazos, a single from Popa and a sacrifice fly from Wright to scored one, cutting the Miami lead to 5-2. Parry then reached on a single, but Banman hit into a well-turned double play to end the game.
The Panthers will travel to State College for a mid-week matchup against in-state rival Penn State April 18. Pitt will then return to Charles L. Cost Field for a second mid-week match against Kent State April 19 before taking on ACC opponent No. 5 North Carolina April 21-23.
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