May 5, 2013
Bethesda, Md. – The University of Pittsburgh baseball team (36-11, 15-3 Big East) defeated Georgetown (25-21, 5-13 Big East), 6-2, this afternoon at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Md. With the win the Panthers wrapped up a sweep of the Hoyas and also secured a berth in the Big East Championships.
“Our objective today was to come out and play solid baseball which I think we did,” said head coach Joe Jordano. “We got a good start from Rhys Aldenhoven (JR/Victoria, Australia), executed well offensively and for the most part played well defensively. Overall I was very pleased with the performance.”
Aldenhoven (7-0) earned the win after pitching seven strong innings allowing a mere one earned and striking out three. Matt Smith (3-2) took the loss for Georgetown.
Georgetown struck first in the bottom of the second when it pushed across a run on an error to take the early 1-0 lead.
Pitt responded in the top of the fourth when it strung together three-straight doubles to begin the inning. Steven Shelinsky Jr. (JR/Yardley, Pa.) started by going the opposite way to right to get the rally started. John Pelsuo (SR/Bethlehem, Pa.) followed with a rope to the gap in right center before Sam Parente (SR/Pittston, Pa.) sent a double into left field to bring both Shelinsky and Peluso home and give the Panthers a 2-1 lead.
Elvin Soto (SO/New York, N.Y.) led off the top of the fifth with a double off the top of the wall in dead center and was brought home by a clutch two-out RBI single into left by Shelinsky to make the score 3-1.
In the top of the sixth, Stephen Vranka (JR/Monroeville, Pa.) added to Pitt’s lead with a two run blast over the wall in left center field for his sixth homerun of the season.
The Panthers added another in the top of the seventh when Evan Oswald (SR/Butler, Pa.) delivered a two-out single through the left side to bring home Shelinsky and give Pitt a five run advantage.
GU cut into the lead with a run in the home half of the seventh but Aldenhoven was able to get out of the inning to end his day.
J.R. Leonardi (JR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) came out of the pen in the eighth and struck out two before Casey Roche (JR/Downingtown, Pa.) made a beautiful diving catch in right for the final out of the inning.
Joseph Harvey (SO/Audobon, Pa.) closed out the game in the bottom of the ninth making quick work of the Hoya bats. Highlighting the inning was a sensational play by Oswald at short. On the play Oswald made a beautiful diving stop in the hole up the middle and rolled the ball to Dylan Wolsonovich (FR/Ford City, Pa.) for a force-out at second.
“Like I said yesterday we understand that this is a grind and we have to keep grinding,” Jordano said. “We have to keep getting after it, keep putting ourselves in positions to win and play every day like it’s the last day.”
The Panthers return to action on Wednesday, May 8, when they host Ohio in a 6 p.m. contest at Charles L. Cost Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.