May 7, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio - The University of Pittsburgh baseball team (22-24) defeated Ohio University (10-34) by the score of 6-1 in the Panthers' final non-conference road game of the regular season at Bob Wren Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Casey Roche led the Panthers at the plate with a 2-for-5 effort and also scored two runs. Boo Vazquez extended his season-high hitting streak to eight games, and A.J. Lardo contributed two runs in the victory. Starting pitcher Luke Curtis (1-1, 1.93 ERA) recorded his first victory of the season by throwing five innings of scoreless ball.
"Today was a well-played game. Ohio played hard and they definitely have some talented bats in its lineup. They have had some lineup altering injuries throughout the year," head coach Joe Jordano said. "Luke [Curtis] really set the tone on the mound and each of our arms from Sam [Mersing], to Jon [Danielczyk], T.J. [Zeuch] and Hobie [Harris] did quality work on the mound. We got some timely hits and took advantage of the Ohio miscues to get some separation. We also had the opportunity to play the majority of our position players tonight. It was a good team win. We all look forward to getting back on the field tomorrow and continue preparing for a very good Maryland team."
The Bobcats applied early pressure as they put together five hits through the first three innings. However, some key defensive plays by Pitt in the field kept the score 0-0, including Matt Johnson throwing out Ohio's Ty Black at home who was trying to score on a double steal in the second inning.
The Panthers scored the game's first runs in the fourth inning to take a 2-0 lead. A.J. Lardo drew a one-out walk and then Pitt perfectly executed a hit-and-run as Casey Roche dropped the ball into right field which allowed Lardo to advance to third. Lardo would then cross the plate on a balk, and Roche scored on a two-out RBI single from shortstop Dylan Wolsonovich.
Curtis would settle down and he retired the Bobcats 1-2-3 in both the fourth and the fifth innings. He would exit the game with a 5-0 lead as the Panthers added to their advantage by scoring three runs in the top of the fifth.
Roche, Vasquez and Steven Shelinsky, Jr. led off the inning with three consecutive hits, including a double from Vazquez and an RBI single from Shelinsky which scored Roche. A sacrifice fly from Matt Johnson plated Shelinsky for Pitt's second run of the inning, and P.J. DeMeo generated the third run of the frame. DeMeo struck out swinging which would have been the third out, but Ohio catcher Anthony Winters dropped the ball and then over threw first base which allowed DeMeo to reach third while Wolsonovich came around from second to make it 5-0.
An RBI pinch hit double from Jordan Frabasilio made the score 6-0 in the seventh, but Ohio scored its only run of the game on a pair of doubles in the home half of the seventh to make it 6-1.
Pitt returns to Charles L. Cost Field this weekend to host Maryland in its final home series of the season. The Panthers are currently holding onto the 10th and final ACC Tournament spot, while Maryland enters the series in 9th place and just one game ahead of the Panthers in the wins column with 12 ACC conference victories.