Senior Stephen Vranka
May 11, 2014
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh baseball team (22-26, 11-15 ACC) allowed three runs in the fifth inning which proved to be decisive as the Panthers dropped a 5-1 contest to the University of Maryland (32-19, 14-14 ACC) on Saturday evening at Charles L. Cost Field.
“We didn’t take advantage of some key opportunities early in the game and that came back to haunt us,” head coach Joe Jordano said. “We need to get back to playing Pitt baseball and if we execute our game plan tomorrow we should see a positive result.”
The Panthers loaded the bases in the bottom of the first inning with no outs, courtesy of leadoff hits from Stephen Vranka and Boo Vazquez, followed by a walk from Casey Roche. Two batters later, Eric Hess provided the Panthers with a 1-0 lead with his 14th RBI of the season as his single to right field scored Vranka. However, Maryland got a 5-2-3 double play to end the inning which limited the damage.
Maryland would tie the game in the top of the second inning on a pair of hits, including an RBI single Nick Cieri. Pitt starting pitcher Joseph Harvey (2-2, 2.70 ERA) hit two batters in the inning, but worked himself out of a bases loaded, one out jam to keep the game tied at 1-1.
Pitt and Maryland then trade two scoreless innings, but the Terrapins surged ahead in the fifth by scoring three runs on four hits. The big hit of the inning came on a two RBI triple from second baseman Brandon Lowe. Lowe would then score on a sacrifice fly to make the score 4-1.
The Terrapins tacked on another run in the sixth inning as Cieri led off the frame with a double and then crossed the plate on Maryland’s second sacrifice fly of the night three batters later. Reliever Jon Danielczyk came in to replace Harvey after the sac fly and he would go on to pitch the final 3.1 innings for the Panthers and allowed just two hits.
Those three hits in the first inning would be the only three hits for the Panthers in the game as Maryland pitcher Mike Shawaryn settled down and ended up going 6.2 innings with four strikeouts. Ben Brewster and Bobby Ruse combined to pitch the final 2.1 innings for Maryland.
The Panthers and the Terrapins conclude their three game series tomorrow afternoon on Senior Day at 2:30 p.m. Click here for live stats.
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