April 27, 2013
PITTSBURGH – Pitt (30-10, 10-3 Big East) bested Cincinnati (17-23, 4-12 Big East), 7-3, in the first game of a double header this afternoon at Charles L. Cost Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.
Ethan Mildren (JR/Hopwood, Pa.) (8-2) earned the win. Connor Walsh (1-3) took the loss and Joe Harvey (SO/Audobon/Pa.) recorded the save.
The Panthers got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning. Stephen Vranka (JR/Monroeville, Pa.) led off the inning by drawing a walk and moved over to third on a wild pitch and a steal. Casey Roche (JR/Downingtown, Pa.) then roped a single over the head of a drawn in second baseman to open the scoring.
Pitt added another run in the home half of the third inning. Evan Oswald (SR/Butler, Pa.) singled through left side to start the inning off. Eric Hess (SO/Erie, Pa.) followed with a single off his own to left to put runners on first and second with one out. Panther head coach Joe Jordano was aggressive on the basepaths calling for a double steal to move the runners up 90 feet. The move proved beneficial as Oswald was able to score on a passed ball to make the score 2-0.
The Panthers added three more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Hess and Roche led off the inning by getting hit by pitches. Boo Vazquez (SO/Youngstown, Ohio) then reached on an error by Walsh on a bunt attempt. Pitt got its first run when Elvin Soto (SO/New York, N.Y.) drew a walk for an RBI. Roche then scores on wild pitch for the Panthers’ second run in the frame. Dylan Wolsonovich (FR/Ford City, Pa.) used a hit up the middle to bring home the final run of the inning to make the score 5-0.
Cincinnati scored three in the top of the sixth and threatened with runners on the corners in the top of the eighth but Harvey came in and struck out Matt Williams to end the Bearcats’ threat.
In the home half of the eighth, Pitt added two runs. Vranka and Hess led off the frame with a pair of doubles down the line in left field. A deep fly ball from Roche moved Hess to third on a tag. Vazquez then ripped a single to right for an RBI which gave the Panthers a 7-3 lead.
The Panthers and Bearcats will be back in action shortly for the second game of the double header.