PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh baseball team dropped the finale game with NC State Sunday afternoon, falling 14-6 to the visiting Wolfpack at Charles L. Cost Field.
"We knew NC State was going to be pretty solid offensively, they always are, and the entire weekend it seemed like every mistake we made turned into a three-run inning or a six-run inning or a seven-run inning," said head coach Joe Jordano. "Crooked numbers really caught up with us this weekend. We haven't been doing that this year, we've been playing really well, our pitching has been rock-solid. Obviously this weekend we struggled a little bit on the mound. Again, it seemed like every opportunity that NC State had, and to its credit, they capitalized. We just didn't do enough to win."
NC State continued its streak of getting to pitchers early, scoring 10 runs over the first three innings to jump out to a 10-0 lead. A two-spot in the first and a single run in the second put Pitt down 3-0 early on, before a seven-run third inning gave the Wolfpack a substantial lead. NC State would add another in the fourth to jump out to an 11-0 lead, before Pitt was able to score its first of the afternoon.
An infield single by Alex Amos got the inning going, as Caleb Parry grounded into a fielder's choice with Amos safe and advancing on the play due to a throwing error by the NC State first baseman. A ground out off the bat of Frank Maldonado plated Amos as Pitt cut the NC State lead to 11-1.
The Panthers would continue to chip away at the lead in the fifth, scoring four off four hits and an error to make things 11-5 in favor of the visiting team. A solo homer by Nick Banman, his team-leading seventh of the season, put one on the board early for Pitt. Back-to-back singles by Yaya Chentouf and Nico Popa put two on for a double by Jacob Wright, which would score Chentouf and chase the NC State starter.
Parry would ground out to the third baseman in the next at bat, scoring Popa before Wright would move to third on a wild pitch, coming around to score on a throwing error by the Wolfpack catcher.
The Wolfpack answered with two in the sixth, before a two-out double for Banman and an RBI single by Chentouf moved the score to 13-6 NC State. The Wolfpack would score the final run of the game in the top of the seventh as they held on for the 14-6 victory.
With the loss, Pitt falls to 22-27 (8-19 ACC). Freshman starter Dan Hammer earned the loss, dropping to 3-5 on the year. He went 2.2 innings, giving up six runs off six hits and two walks, fanning three.
The Panthers will head to West Virginia on Tuesday in their final mid-week game of the season, taking on the Mountaineers at 6:30 p.m. in Morgantown, W.Va. Pitt will close out the regular season Thursday-Saturday, traveling to Winston-Salem, N.C., for a three-game tilt with Wake Forest.
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