April 20, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The Panther baseball team (27-10, 7-3 Big East) downed Rutgers (18-17, 8-5 Big East), 14-5, in game one of a double header this afternoon at Cost Field.
Ethan Mildren (JR/Hopewood, Pa.) (7-2) earned the win after pitching 7.0 innings, allowing one earned run and striking out four. Rob Smorol (4-3) took the loss for Rutgers.
Rutgers scored first with a run in the top of the first but Pitt responded with a run of its own in the bottom of the fifth taking advantage of three Smorol walks including a walk to Eric Hess (SO/Erie, Pa.) which scored the run.
The Panthers added three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Casey Roche (JR/Downingtown, Pa.) started the rally with a one-out double down the line in left field. Steven Shelinsky Jr. (JR/Yardley, Pa.) then got hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Sam Parente (SR/Pittston, Pa.) came to the plate and brought home Roche with a single into right field. Head Coach Joe Jordano was aggressive on the base paths sending Parente and Shelinsky on a double steal to put runners on second and third for Elvin Soto (SO/New York, N.Y.) who delivered a clutch double up the middle to make the score 4-1.
The Scarlet Knights took advantage of a Pitt error in the top of the fourth to cut the lead to 4-2. RU had a chance to cut into the lead more in the top of the sixth with runners on first and second with one out but Mildren was able to get Steve Zavala to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat.
Pitt broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth inning putting up a seven spot. Hess got the rally started when he reached on an error. Evan Oswald (SR/Butler, Pa.) then ripped a single into left field. Dylan Wolsonovich (FR/Ford City, Pa.) and Roche walked back-to-back to bring the first run of the inning to the plate and chase Smorol from the game.
With Reed Shuttle now pitching, Shelinsky and Parente got hit on back-to-back pitches to bring in two more runs before Soto blasted a grand slam over the right field wall to push the score to 11-2.
A Shelinsky single into center brought in the bottom of the seventh brought home two more runs giving Pitt a 13-2 advantage.
Rutgers scored three runs in the top of the eighth but Pitt answered with a run in the home half of the innings as John Peluso (SR/Bethlehem, Pa.) singled home Soto to make the score 14-5 going into the ninth.
The Panthers and Scarlet Knights will be back in action shortly for the second game of the double header.