May 3, 2013
Bethesda, Md. – The University of Pittsburgh baseball team (34-11, 13-3 Big East) defeated Georgetown (25-19, 5-11 Big East), 8-3, this evening at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Md..
“It was great to get a win today,” said head coach Joe Jordano. “Ethan Mildren (JR/Hopwood, Pa.) again pitched well, made some big pitches in big situations. I thought offensively we showed some promise and came through with 16 hits. I think the top of the order with Stephen Vranka (JR/Monroeville, Pa.), who was on base five times, was solid. I think the story was Boo Vazquez (SO/Youngstown, Pa.) who had five hits and four of them coming with two outs and for RBIs. That’s big time.”
Mildren (9-2) earned the win after going 8.0 innings allowing three earned and striking out six. Jack Vander Linden (3-4) took the loss.
The Panthers struck first in the top of the first inning to take an early lead. Vranka lead off the inning with a double and was brought home when Vazquez blooped a single into center with two outs for an RBI to give Pitt an early 1-0 advantage.
Vazquez came up to dish with Vranka on third and two outs in the top of the third and again came up with a hit, this time a rope of a single into center to make the score 2-0.
Pitt took advantage of a pair of Hoya errors to tack on another run in the top of the fourth. Evan Oswald (SR/Butler, Pa.) started the inning by reaching on an error by the shortstop. Dylan Wolsonovich (FR/Ford City, Pa.) then laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance Oswald 90 feet. Vranka then drew a walk before Casey Roche (JR/Downingtown, Pa.) was able to reach when the GU first baseman couldn’t cleanly pick a throw from the shortstop allowing Oswald to score and giving Pitt a 3-0 lead.
The Panthers added a pair in the top of the sixth. Vranka started the rally with a one-out double. Following a groundout that moved Vranka to third, Roche was able to leg out a single to first on a roller that went off the pitcher’s hand for an RBI. Vazquez then delivered his third hit of the day with a double off the wall in left center to score Roche and push the Pitt’s edge to 5-0.
Pitt threatened in the top of the seventh by loading the bases with one out but was unable to push a run across. Georgetown responded in the home half with three runs. After the Hoyas had brought three runners to the plate, Mildren was able to get Justin Leeson to ground into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
The Panthers responded with a pair in the top of the eighth. Vazquez led off the inning with an opposite field single. Steven Shelinsky Jr. (JR/Yardley, Pa.) then worked a walk to bring Elvin Soto (SO/New York, N.Y.) to the dish. Soto came up and laid down a perfect bunt down the third baseline for a single to load the bases. With the Hoya infield brought in, Sam Parente (Pittston, Pa.) roped a single into right field for a pair of timely RBIs which gave Pitt a four run advantage going into the final two innings.
Mildren returned to the bump in the bottom of the eighth and made quick work of the GU batters with a 1-2-3 inning to end his day after eight strong innings of work.
In the top of the ninth, the Panthers added another run to make the score 8-3. John Peluso (SR/Bethlehem, Pa.) drew a walk for Pitt’s first baserunner and was brought home by a Vazquez double to the gap in right center, his fourth RBI on the day.
Joseph Harvey (SO/Audobon, Pa.) came in for the ninth inning and secured the victory with a pair of strikeouts.
“Overall we played well, but there are some things we have to continue to improve upon, and the team understands that, and we’re going to continue to work hard to make those things happen as we come down the home stretch,” Jordano said.
Pitt will return to action tomorrow Saturday, May 4, for game two of the series with the Hoyas. Matt Wotherspoon (JR/Mountain Top, Pa.) (6-1) will get the ball for the Panthers while Matt Hollenbeck (1-4) takes the bump for the Hoyas.