April 16, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh baseball team (25-9) saw six players tally RBIs as it earned an 11-9 victory over Youngstown State (10-26) this afternoon at Cost Field.
J.R. Leonardi (JR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) (3-2) earned the win after pitching 1.2 innings in relief, while Joe Harvey (SO/Audobon, Pa.) earned a three-inning save. Russ Harless (1-2) took the loss for Youngstown State.
YSU scored first on an error in the top of the first inning Pitt responded with seven runs in the home half of the inning. Stephen Vranka (JR/Monroeville, Pa.) led off the inning by getting hit with a pitch. Eric Hess (SO/Erie, Pa.) followed with an RBI double into right center to get the Panthers on the board. Casey Roche (JR/Downingtown, Pa.) walked and Boo Vazquez (SO/Youngstown, Ohio) hit a single to short scoring Hess before Steven Shelinsky Jr. (JR/Yardley, Pa.) blasted a three run shot over the wall in right field for his 10th homerun of the season.
Sam Parente (SR/Pittston, Pa.) followed with a homerun of his own to left field extending the lead to 6-1. A Vranka RBI double to left center scored Bennette Hill (FR/Olive Branch, Miss.) to end the scoring in the inning for Pitt.
The Penguins added runs in the second and third to cut the lead to 7-3 but the Panthers got the runs back with one swing of the bat from Roche who smoked a two run bomb to left field in the bottom of the fourth inning to make the score 9-3.
YSU cut the lead to 9-7 with four runs in the top of the sixth but Pitt answered with a pair in the bottom of the inning. Hess started the rally with a single to center. Roche reached on error by the shortstop and Vazquez brought him in with a single to right. Roche scored on double play ball to make the score 11-7 in favor of the Panthers.
The Penguins added another in the top of the seventh but Harvey was able to come out of the pen and get the Panthers out of a bases loaded jam with a strikeout and a groundout to second.
From there Harvey allowed a lone run while striking out four en route to his third save of the season and a 11-9 victory for Pitt.
The Panthers will be back in action tomorrow, Wednesday, April 17, when they host Coppin State (10-22) in a double header beginning at 1 p.m. at Charles L. Cost at the Petersen Sports Complex.