May 16, 2017Pitt Edged by West Virginia on the Road
GRANVILLE, W.Va. – The University of Pittsburgh baseball team fell to rival West Virginia on the road, 2-0 at Monongalia County Ballpark on Tuesday night.
Tuesday’s game served as the first since March 25, 2014, a 6-3 West Virginia win, that a home team emerged victorious in the Backyard Brawl, with the road team taking the past six contests.
“We played a really solid game today and pitched very well,” said head coach Joe Jordano. “We had some offensive opportunities and did not get the big hit. West Virginia scored after a very tough leadoff walk, a triple and a single. That was it. I was very encouraged with some of our three freshmen pitchers, who did not give up a run, and we played clean defensively. Our focus is now completely on Wake Forest. We must win and I know we are looking forward to it Thursday.”
Freshman pitcher Chris Gomez got his second start of the season for the Panthers, tossing three innings and allowing three hits and zero runs. Redshirt freshman Kevin Henriksen made his first collegiate appearance, tossing an inning, while redshirt junior Matt Pidich, junior TJ Pagan, freshman RJ Freure and Yaya Chentouf also appeared on the mound for Pitt.
The Panthers (22-28, 8-19 ACC) allowed seven hits to West Virginia (31-20, 11-10 BIG 12) but Pitt could only muster up three base hits themselves, provided by redshirt senior Jacob Wright, freshman Alex Amos, and redshirt junior Frank Maldonado.
Wright and Maldonado’s base hits were doubles, but they were left on by the Panthers, who stranded five runners over the course of the game.
All three hits came off West Virginia starter Isaiah Kearns, who tossed 5.2 innings, while striking out seven batters. Jackson Sigman tossed 3.1 innings in relief, not allowing a hit to pick up the win and improve to 4-4 on the season.
West Virginia struck in the bottom of the sixth inning, breaking a scoreless tie. Pagan allowed a walk to begin the inning, followed by a triple to left center field off the bat of Kyle Davis as the Mountaineers took a 1-0 lead. Darius Hill followed that with a single to push West Virginia’s second run of the inning across. Pagan (1-1) was issued the loss, his first of this season.
Freshman reliever Freure took over for Pagan, forcing a line out to begin his appearance. Senior catcher Manny Pazos threw out Hill attempting to steal second base, his 20th baserunner gunned down this season. Freure then struck out Jimmy Galusky to close out the frame.
Pitt closes out the regular season Thursday-Saturday, traveling to Winston-Salem, N.C., for a three-game tilt with No. 20 Wake Forest.
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Manny Pazos Signs with Seattle
Mitchell Selected by Kansas City in MLB Draft
Mattson Drafted by Los Angeles Angels
Falk Tabbed by Oakland in MLB Draft
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