April 17, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The Panther baseball team (26-10) fell to Coppin State (11-23), 6-3, in the second game of a seven inning double header this afternoon at Cost Field.
“That was a stunning loss for us this afternoon,” said head coach Joe Jordano. “I give Coppin State an incredible amount of credit as they played hard, had timely hitting and made big pitches. I was not pleased with the way that we played Tuesday and quite frankly it carried into today but again all credit goes to Coppin State. They deserved the win and outplayed us in that ball game.”
Michael Robert (3-1) earned the win in relief for CSU, while Jimmy Devine (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) (1-1) took the loss for the Panthers.
Coppin State jumped out to an early 3-0 lead before Pitt got on the board with a Stephen Vranka (JR/Monroeville, Pa.) homerun in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 3-1.
Casey Roche (JR/Downingtown, Pa.) added a homerun of his own in the bottom of the sixth inning when he blasted a solo shot off the top of the scoreboard in left field. The Panthers tied the game in the same inning when Dylan Wolsonovich (FR/Ford City, Pa.) came up with a clutch two out double that brought home Steven Shelinsky Jr. (JR/Yardley, Pa.).
The Eagles answered with a three spot in the top of the seventh inning and were able to close out the game in the bottom of the inning for the 6-3 victory.
“That’s baseball,” said Jordano. “We will certainly see what we’re made of this weekend. It will be a great challenge against a very tough Rutgers team.”
The Panthers will be back in action on Friday, April 19, at 6 p.m. when they welcome Big East rival Rutgers (17-16, 8-4 Big East) to Charles L. Cost at the Petersen Sports Complex to kick off a three game series.