April 29, 2012
PITTSBURGH – The Pitt baseball team split its doubleheader with Georgetown on Sunday at Charles L. Cost Field, clinching the series with an 8-3 win in the opener, before falling 6-3 in the second game.
Casey Roche led a potent Panthers’ offensive attack in the first game, going 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBI. Eight different Pitt players had hits in the game, including Anthony Defabio and Derik Wilson with two singles apiece.
Wilson was perfect at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a walk and two RBI. Stephen Vranka had a triple, while Rick Devereaux, Boo Vazquez and Evan Oswald all singled. The Panthers tallied an impressive 11 hits in the seven-inning game.
Senior Matt Iannazzo improved to 6-2 on the season, limiting the Hoyas to six hits and two earned runs over six innings. He struck out five batters and didn’t issue a walk. Joe Harvey came in to pitch a scoreless seventh inning. It was the second straight game the Panthers didn’t give up a walk.
Iannazzo was already the program’s all-time leader in wins and now has 27 during his career at Pitt. With his five strikeouts against Georgetown he moved into a tie for fourth-place on the all-time list, matching former teammate Corey Baker’s total of 221.
“We won the series so that’s the positive thing. We’re scrapping hard for wins and we would have really liked to have taken the final game of the series, but it didn’t work out that way,” Pitt head coach Joe Jordano said. “We had the lead going into the ninth. It’s kind of a microcosm of our season. We’re right there but for some reason we can’t close it.”
The Panthers looked poised to sweep the series in the second game on Sunday as they took a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning, But, the Hoyas rallied for four runs in the final frame to pick up the win.
Despite the loss, Pitt gained ground in the BIG EAST standings, moving into a tie for ninth-place, just one spot out of the conference tournament with nine games to play.
Matt Wotherspoon started for Pitt and went five innings. He gave up just one run on seven hits and two walks while striking out five. The Panthers used six different pitchers in the game.
Evan Oswald was productive once again for Pitt, going 2-for-2 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch. He drove in the Panthers’ second run with a double in the sixth inning and is now batting .314 on the season.
Pitt took a 1-0 lead in the first inning thanks to back-to-back doubles by Rick Devereaux and Sam Parente. Following his double, in the sixth, Oswald scored on a single by Mike Douglas to put the Panthers up 3-1.
The Panthers will play non-conference games at Ohio on Tuesday and Youngstown State on Wednesday, before travelling to Rutgers for a three-game conference series on Saturday and Sunday.
“We have to come back hard and have a good week of practice and a couple of ballgames midweek, and then prepare ourselves for a very tough Rutgers club next weekend,” Jordano said.