May 11, 2014
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PITTSBURGH - With the game tied at 4-4 heading to the ninth inning, The University of Pittsburgh baseball team (22-27, 11-16 ACC) allowed two runs in the final inning with propelled the University of Maryland (33-19, 15-14 ACC) past the Panthers by the score of 6-4 on Sunday afternoon at Charles L. Cost Field.
The Panthers scored all four of their runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a 4-2 lead, but the Terrapins plated two runs in both the eighth and the ninth innings for the come-from-behind victory.
"Obviously that was a very disappointing weekend, but I would be remiss if I did not give credit to Maryland. That was one of the best teams we have played all year and they played nearly flawless baseball," head coach Joe Jordano said. "We have now backed ourselves into a must win series at Notre Dame. The Irish is coming off a series victory against Clemson and has been is some very tight ball games this season. It is going to be a very tough challenge."
The Terrapins threatened to score in the top of the third inning after loading the bases with two outs, but Pitt starter Matt Wotherspoon induced a ground out to end the frame. However, Maryland tallied three doubles in the fourth inning to gain a 2-0 lead.
After leaving runners on the corners in the bottom of the sixth inning, Pitt capitalized on their opportunities in the seventh by plating four runs which gave the Panthers a 4-2 lead.
Eric Hess led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch, which was followed by a single to center from Dylan Wolsonovich which advanced Hess to third. Jordan Frabasilio, who entered the game at second base the inning before, then roped an RBI single to left in his first plate appearance to get Pitt on the board.
After a sac bunt from Caleb Parry moved runners to second and third, Nick Yarnall loaded the bases on a fielding error by Maryland's first baseman LaMonte Wade. Two batters later, A.J. Lardo's walk tied the game and then Casey Roche provided a two-RBI single up the middle to score Frabasilio and Yarnall for a 4-2 lead.
The Terrapins though, got their first two batters of the eighth inning aboard via a walk and a single, and would then load the bases with one out on their second walk of the inning. Maryland's two runs would score on RBI fielder's choices and the Terps were helped out by a Pitt fielding error.
In the top of the ninth inning, Maryland's LaMonte Wade opened the frame with a triple to right center, and he would then score the game's winning run on an RBI single from the next batter Brandon Lowe. The Terps tacked on an insurance run with an RBI single Tim Lewis.
Starting Pitcher Matt Wotherspoon had a solid outing for the Panthers, matching a season-high 7.0 inning and allowed five hits and two runs while striking out three batters. Freshman T.J. Zeuch (2-5, 3.02 ERA) was tagged with the loss as he pitched the final 1.2 innings of the game.
The Panthers are back in action this Tuesday evening against Kent State before heading the Notre Dame to finish out the regular-season this weekend. The Panthers are currently 11th in the ACC standings and will need to jump one spot to qualify for the ACC Tournament.