May 4, 2013
Bethesda, Md. – The University of Pittsburgh baseball team (35-11, 14-3 Big East) downed Georgetown (25-20, 5-12 Big East), 13-3, this evening at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Md.
“I thought we did some good things today,” said head coach Joe Jordano. “I think our team knows that we still have a lot of work to do. We’re really working hard at trying to get all of the pieces aligned at the same time. Matt Wotherspoon (JR/Mountain Top, Pa.) really battled hard today and gave us a gutsy effort. I thought obviously Dylan Wolsonovich (FR/Ford City, Pa.) with four hits for us and three RBIs on the home run really sparked us. However, you look at the last two ball games we’ve left 30 runners on base. We really have to be more efficient with some of our at bats and continue to work very hard on all aspects of the game.”
Wotherspoon (7-1) earned the win after throwing 7.0 innings allowing one earned and striking out six. Matt Hollenbeck (1-5) took the loss.
The Panthers struck first in the top of the second inning with a two-out rally. Steven Shelinsky Jr. (JR/Yardley, Pa.) led off the inning with a single through the left side of the infield. With two outs, Evan Oswald (SR/Butler, Pa.) walked and was followed by Wolsonovich who blasted a 3-1 fastball over the high wall in deep left center field for his second homerun of the season. Following walks to Stephen Vranka (JR/Monroeville, Pa.) and Elvin Soto (SO/New York, N.Y.), Casey Roche (JR/Downingtown, Pa.) came to the dish and ripped a single up the middle for an RBI giving Pitt a 4-0 lead.
In the top of the third, Pitt added another run when Vranka delivered a two-out rope into center which scored Ronald Sucre
(SR/Miami, Fla.) and made the score 5-0.
Pitt added a pair in the top of the fifth inning. Oswald started the inning by reaching on a bunt single. A wild pitch moved Oswald up 90 feet and was followed by a Wolsonovich single up the middle to put runners on the corners with one out. Another wild pitch brought Oswald home before Soto laid down a squeeze to score Wolsonovich and push the lead to 7-0.
Sam Parente (SR/Pittston, Pa.) hit a sacrifice fly into deep left field to score Shelinsky and give Pitt an 8-0 lead after the top of the sixth inning.
The Hoyas got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth scoring a run on a sacrifice fly before the Panthers answered with a pair of their own in the top of the seventh. Shelinsky got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded for an RBI for the first run, while Roche scored on a wild pitch for the second.
The Panthers tacked on three more in the top of the eighth inning. Oswald led off the inning with a triple to the gap in right center and was brought home on a sacrifice fly from Vranka. Wolsonovich and Roche drew walks before Vazquez and Shelinsky tallied back-to-back RBI singles to make the score 13-1.
Andrew Belfiglio (FR/Newtown Square, Pa.) and Luke Curtis (SO/Philipsburg, Pa.) came out of the pen and got the final six outs of the game to secure the series victory for the Panthers.
“We know this is a grind,” Jordano said. “We understand it, we acknowledge it and we embrace it and we’re going to continue to work very hard and see how far we can take it.”
Pitt and Georgetown will wrap up the series tomorrow Sunday, May 5, with a 1 p.m. contest. Rhys Aldenhoven (JR/Victoria, Australia) (6-0) will toe the rubber for the Panthers while Matt Smith (3-1) gets the call for the Hoyas.