May 1, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio – Alex Caravella pitched a great game and Anthony Defabio hit a two-run home run to lead Pitt to a 5-1 win at Ohio in a rain-shorted five-inning game on Tuesday.
Caravella stranded nine runners in the first four innings, saving his best inning of work for what proved to be a critical time. He put the Bobcats down 1-2-3 in the fifth, including a strikeout of the game’s final batter, ending the inning right before play was stopped due to lightning.
The Panthers (22-21) scored the first run of the game thanks to a pair of right-handed batters collecting back-to-back opposite field hits. Stephen Vranka led off the game with a line-drive single past the first baseman and came all the way around to score on Anthony DeFabio’s triple down the right-field line. DeFabio then scored on a groundout by Rick Devereaux to make the score 2-0.
Caravella, meanwhile, continued to work his way out of trouble, some of which was caused by no fault of his own. He left runners on first and third in each of the first two innings and got the final out of the fourth inning with the bases loaded. Two of those innings, though, were extended by errors by Pitt infielders.
The Bobcats were able to get one run across in the fourth to cut Pitt’s lead to 2-1, but the Panthers quickly responded with three runs in the fifth. DeFabio hit his fourth home run of the season, a two-run blast to right field. Just one pitch earlier, he pulled one over the left-field wall for a long foul ball.
Devereaux followed DeFabio’s homer with a walk, and would later score on a single up the middle by Casey Roche to complete the scoring.
Caravella picked up his second win of the season with both coming in games he started. He gave up one run on five hits and two walks while striking out two.
Vranka’s single in the first inning extended his hitting streak to eight games, while DeFabio and Evan Oswald
, who also singled in the first inning, have streaks of seven games.
The Panthers will travel back to Ohio on Wednesday when they play a non-conference game at Youngstown State at 3 p.m.