April 28, 2012
PITTSBURGH-- Ethan Mildren pitched eight scoreless innings to lead Pitt to a 5-0 win over visiting Georgetown in Big East play on Saturday at Charles L. Cost Field, picking up an important victory in conference play.
The game was supposed to be the first of a doubleheader, but the second game has been rescheduled for a doubleheader on Sunday with the first game starting at noon.
Playing in cold weather with a light rain for most of the game, Mildren shook off somewhat of a tough start on his way to another great outing, striking out a career-high nine batters.
Georgetown had a runner reach scoring position in each of the first three innings, but Mildren was able to work out of trouble. He has gone seven or more innings in six of his 10 starts this season. He didn't walk a batter for the third time this season and now has 52 strikeouts to just 11 walks.
"Ethan Mildren pitched a tremendous game. He had all of his pitches working and he was in complete control of the game," said Pitt head coach Joe Jordano. "Georgetown is well-coached and is a very talented team. They've been playing some good baseball as of late so it's good to get the first one."
Pitt scored its first two runs, which turned out to be the only runs it would need, on an error in the second inning. With the bases loaded Stephen Vranka hit a hard groundball to third base. Knowing he needed to get the ball to first quickly because of Vranka's speed, the Hoyas' third baseman made an errant throw allowing Anthony Defabio and Sam Parente to score.
The Panthers added two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning thanks to a two-run single by Oswald, who finished the day 2-for-3. He is 6-for-11 in the last three games, raising his batting average 30 points to .297.
Freshman closer Tanner Wilt pitched a scoreless ninth inning to lower his ERA to a team-best 2.51. Wilt entered in a non-save situation, taking the mound for the first time in two weeks.
Pitt had 12 hits in the game, including three by Sam Parente to raise his average to .320. Including Parente, the Panthers have four players batting over .300 this season - Devereaux (.353), DeFabio (.333) and Casey Roche (.312) - and another two close with Oswald's improvement and Boo Vazquez's .295 average.