May 9, 2014
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh baseball team (22-25, 11-14 ACC) lost the opening contest of a three game series to the University of Maryland (31-19, 13-14 ACC) by the score of 21-1 on Friday afternoon at Charles L. Cost Field.
"Our success is heavily reliant upon our starting pitching, and for the most part our starters have done a very consistent job, but obviously Rhys [Aldenhoven] didn't have a good day today," head coach Joe Jordano said. "Maryland is a very good baseball team and they swung the bats very well today, especially with runners in scoring position. We will come back hard tomorrow and try to give ourselves an opportunity to win this series."
Pitt scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. Dylan Wolsonovich laced a one-out single and then reached third on a perfectly executed hit-and-run from Eric Hess. Wolsonovich then scored on a wild pitch to provide the Panthers with the lead.
However, the Terrapins would then score 16 runs over the next three innings to put the game away. The third inning saw Maryland plate nine runs on seven hits, and then followed that with one run in the fourth and six runs in the fifth inning.
Pitt starting pitcher Rhys Aldenhoven (2-3, 4.60 ERA) would not make it out of the third inning and was replaced by Andrew Belfiglio after going 2.2 innings and allowing seven hits and eight runs, four of which were earned. The Panthers would send six different pitchers to the mound. Sam Mersing would be the only Panther to not allow a run.
Maryland set a Charles L. Cost Field record for runs in a game by an opponent. Third baseman Jose Cuas led the charge with a 4-for-6 effort at the plate and five runs batted in. Starting pitcher Jake Stinnett (6-6, 2.50 ERA) went six innings and allowed six hits while striking out four batters.
The Panthers and the Terrapins will play game two on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. It will be Senior Day at Cost Field and there will be a brief presentation prior to first pitch. Click here for live stats and be sure to follow @PittBaseballACC on Twitter for in-game updates.