May 14, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh baseball team (40-12) dropped a 6-5 decision to Kent State (31-21) this evening at Charles L. Cost Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.
“That was a tough game but a really good baseball game tonight,” said head coach Joe Jordano. “Obviously, we didn’t want to come up on the losing end but Kent State is a very good team that has been playing extremely well as of late.”
Eric Dorsch (1-2) earned the win while J.R. Leonardi (JR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) (3-4) took the loss.
Kent State got on the board first in the top of the second inning when they scored a run but Pitt quickly responded with three in the home half. Sam Parente (SR/Pittston, Pa.) drilled the first pitch of the inning over the wall in left for his sixth homerun of the season. John Peluso (SR/Bethlehem, Pa.) followed with a single and Steven Shelinsky Jr. (JR/Yardley, Pa.) drew a walk before Evan Oswald (SR/Butler, Pa.) moved the pair over with a bunt. A Dylan Wolsonovich (FR/Ford City, Pa.) sacrifice fly gave Pitt the 2-1 lead and a Stephen Vranka (JR/Monroeville, Pa.) single to left pushed the advantage to 3-1.
The Golden Flash scored four in the top of the sixth to retake the lead and chase Panther starter Casey Roche (JR/Downingtown, Pa.) from the ball game. Jon Danielczyk (JR/Erie, Pa.) then entered the game and provided two innings of scoreless ball before Pitt got on the board again.
The Panthers were able to tie the game up in the bottom of the seventh with a two out rally. Shelinsky started the inning with a walk before the KSU bullpen was able to retire the next two batters. Vranka then came to the dish and ripped a single into center to put runners on the corners. Elvin Soto (SO/New York, N.Y.) and Roche followed by sending RBI singles into left field to knot the score at 5-5.
Kent State scored a run in the top of the ninth off of Leonardi and had the bases loaded with one out but Joseph Harvey (SO/Audobon, Pa.) was able to get Pitt out of the jam with a strikeout and a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
Unfortunately for the Panthers, they were unable to score in the bottom of the ninth and fell to 40-12 on the season and finished the year with a 25-5 mark at home.
“We continued to play hard until the last out and came back in the ball game twice,” Jordano said. “We’re going to come out and have a good workout tomorrow prior to leaving for Louisville. We’re going to work on a few things and try to be as best prepared as we can heading into the weekend.”
The Panthers wrap up their regular season this weekend when they travel to No. 10 Louisville for a three-game series that will decide the Big East regular season championship.