May 1, 2013
PITTSBURGH – Akron (10-31) defeated No. 17 Pitt (33-11), 6-1, this evening at Charles L. Cost Field.
“That was a tough one tonight,” said head coach Joe Jordano. “Give credit to Akron they moved the baseball with runners in scoring position and did a nice job defensively. I thought we swung the bats and hit the ball hard early but didn’t have much to show for it. Coming off a very emotional win yesterday, quite frankly, I thought we were a little flat but that’s no excuse.”
Zach Beaver (1-1) earned the win for the Zips while J.R. Leonardi (JR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) (3-3) took the loss for Pitt.
The Panthers got on the board early when Stephen Vranka (JR/Monroeville, Pa.) blasted a homer to left on the second pitch of the game. Unfortunately for Pitt, it would be its only run in the contest.
Jeff Kelly (SR/Pottstown, Pa.) gave up a run in the top of the fourth and got into trouble in the top of the fifth with runners on the corners with one out prompting Jordano to call to the pen for J.R. Leonardi (JR/Pittsburgh, Pa.). Leonardi was able to force Joey Havrilak into a harmless pop out to third before striking out Matt Rembielak swinging to end the inning and the Zips threat.
Akron took the lead in the top of the sixth inning with a pair of runs and added two more in the seventh to take a 6-1 advantage.
Jon Danielczyk (JR/Erie, Pa.) came in following the Zips sixth run and kept Akron off the boards for 2.0 innings before he was pulled for Luke Curtis (SO/Philipsburg, Pa.) who inherited a runner on third with one out and got a foul pop out to first and a strikeout.
Pitt had runners at the corners in the bottom of the ninth but was unable to score as the Zips came away with the win.
“We have to put that behind us and just focus on an extremely competitive Georgetown team that we’re going to face this weekend,” Jordano said.
The Panthers will return to action on Friday, May 3, when they travel to Georgetown to being a three-game Big East series.