April 28, 2007
PITTSBURGH - The Pitt baseball team (19-17) dropped a 9-4 game to New York Institute of Technology (13-18) Saturday night at Trees Field after a more than three-hour rain delay.
"NYIT played an outstanding game today," Pitt Head Coach Joe Jordano said. "They out-hit, out-pitched and all-around out-played us. Today's loss shows us that we have to play good baseball all the time, everyday, if we're going to be competitive.
"I think having the whole week off hurt us, but we need to learn from tonight's loss and come back tomorrow ready to play hard."
The teams were supposed to play a doubleheader Saturday, but with the rain delay, game two will be played Sunday at noon as part of a doubleheader to complete the three-game series.
Starting pitcher Rob Brant (JR/Mansfield, Pa./Mansfield) suffered the loss for the Panthers giving up five runs on seven hits in 5.0 innings of work. Bears' starter Joe Esposito nearly earned a complete game shutout, pitching 8.2 innings in the win giving up four runs on six hits.
NYIT's second baseman, Brian Smith, had an outstanding performance batting 4 for 5 with five RBI and one run scored. Peter Parise (SR/Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) led the Panthers with two hits on the night, including an RBI double in the ninth inning.
NYIT struck first in the third inning on a Kraig Binick RBI single, driving in Smith. In the fourth, the Bears added two additional runs on a Smith double, giving NYIT a 3-0 advantage.
Pitt tied up the game in the bottom of the fourth with a three-run inning. Catcher Nick Mullins (JR/Brick, N.J./Brookdale CC) drove in the first run on a single to left field. Danny Lopez (FR/Queens, N.Y./Monsignor McClancy) then doubled to left center, driving in Dan Williams (JR/Berwyn, Pa./Episcopal Academy) from second. The final Pitt run in the fourth came on a Sean Conley (JR/Chippewa, Pa./Blackhawk) sacrifice fly to center field, bringing home Mullins.
NYIT added two runs in the fifth, sixth and ninth innings to take a commanding 9-3 advantage heading into the bottom of the ninth.
A Pitt rally fell short in the ninth as Parise doubled to left field, driving in pinch hitter Chris Warner (SO/West Seneca, N.Y./South Carolina) from third base. The Panthers left two on base in the final inning, falling by a score of 9-4.
The three-game series against NYIT will conclude Sunday, beginning at noon at Trees Field with a doubleheader. All action in the series, can be followed live on Gametracker on www.PittsburghPanthers.com.