April 27, 2014
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The University of Pittsburgh baseball team (19-23) was defeated by Arkansas-Pine Bluff (19-25) by the score of 5-0 in the finale of a three games series on Sunday afternoon at the Torii Hunter Baseball Complex.
The Golden Lions were led to victory by senior pitcher Mikey Ramirez who tossed a complete game shutout while allowing just four hits and striking out six Panthers. Pitt had just five base runners on for the entire game.
"This was a disappointing loss, but give UAPB credit, they flat out beat us," head coach Joe Jordano said. "Their pitcher threw strikes and did not walk anyone. He kept us off balance and threw very well. We only managed three hits and that is just not going to get it done. If there are any positives, we had five freshmen in the lineup today gaining some experience."
UAPB crossed the plate twice in the bottom of the second inning on three hits to grab an early 2-0 lead. A pair of one out singles from Rashawn Tillman and Kirby Campbell was followed by a double steal and a wild pitch which allowed Tillman to score from third.
Pitt starting pitcher T.J. Zeuch then issued two consecutive walks which loaded the bases for Vlad Gomez who provided an RBI infield single for the Golden Lions’ second run of the inning. Zeuch would limit the damage with a foul out and a ground out to end the inning.
Pine Bluff then manufactured a run in the fifth inning which gave the Lions a 3-0 advantage. UAPB’s Isias Alcantar led off the frame by getting hit by a pitch. He was moved to second on a groundout, stole third with two out, and was brought home on a Kirby Campbell RBI single.
Zeuch (1-4, 3,02 ERA), who went six innings while allowing six hits and three earned runs, was replaced by Adam Dian in the seventh inning. Dian gave up two runs one a single, a pair of walks and a pair of hit-by-pitches which provided Pine Bluff with a 5-0 lead. Luke Curtis would replace Dian and Curtis allowed one hit in 1.2 innings of work.
The Panthers, who took 2-of-3 this weekend, will head to Boston next weekend for a critical ACC series with Boston College. As the top 10 teams make the ACC Tournament, Pitt is currently in ninth place while Boston College is coming off a series sweep of Maryland and has moved into one game of the Panthers in the win column. The weekend series is set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
"We have a pivotal series against Boston College coming up. They are coming off a series sweep of Maryland. BC is talented and very well coached and we will need to elevate our game to be competitive at BC and down the stretch."