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March 14, 2013

PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh baseball team will begin continue its 10 game homestand this weekend by hosting the second of two Panther Classics at Charles L. Cost Field at the Petersen Sports Complex on Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16. 

The teams – Pitt (9-5), Niagara (3-13) and Toledo (3-13) – were scheduled play double-headers on Friday, March 15, Saturday, March, 16, and Sunday, March 17 but will now play triple-headers on Friday and Saturday. A complete schedule of games can be found below.

The Panthers have been led by a potent offensive attack that tops the Big East in several categories including batting average (.31), slugging percentage (.492), home runs (15) and total bases (244).

Individually, Casey Roche (JR/Downingtown, Pa.) bests the conference in homeruns (5), runs scored (21) and total bases (37) while Elvin Soto (SO/New York, N.Y.) leads the Big East with 19 RBIs.

Pitt’s weekend rotation will consist of Matt Wotherspoon (JR/Mountain Top, Pa.), Ethan Mildren (JR/Hopwood, Pa.), Alex Caravella (SR/Harrington Park, N.J.) and Rhys Aldenhoven (JR/Victoria, Australia).

Niagara is 3-13 this season under the direction of fifth-year head coach Rob McCoy. The Purple Eagles are led offensively by the duo of Michael Fuhrman and Ryan McCauley with .292 and .283 averages, respectively. A year ago, NU led the MAAC in three offensive categories: batting average (.290), home runs (30), and slugging percentage (.413). Pitt leads the all-time series with the Purple Eagles 14-4

Toledo has won three of its last five contests after claiming a 6-1 victory at Dayton on Tuesday. The Rockets are hitting at an impressive .352 clip during this recent stretch, averaging 5.8 runs on 12.4 hits per game. Junior OF Jacob North and junior OF Tyler Grogg have sparked the offensive explosion, batting .538 (7-for-13) and .524 (11-for-21), respectively. On the mound, UT has also been quite effective as of late, holding the opposition to 4.2 runs on 8.6 hits and a .253 average. The Panthers lead the all-time series with Toledo 2-1.

Tournament Schedule
GAME 1: FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 10:15 a.m. EST

NIAGARA: LHP Joel Klock (0-1, 4.50)
TOLEDO: LHP Kyle Shaw (1-2, 3.68)

GAME 2: FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 1:15 p.m. EST
PITT: RHP Matt Wotherspoon (2-1, 4.61 ERA)
NIAGARA: RHP Anthony Caringi (0-1, 9.00 ERA)

GAME 3: FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 4:15 p.m. EST
PITT: RHP Ethan Mildren (2-1, 3.86 ERA)
TOLEDO: RHP Cameron Palmer (1-0, 2.77 ERA)

GAME 4: SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 10:15 a.m. EST
TOLEDO: RHP Kyle Slack (1-1, 3.52)
NIAGARA: RHP Kyle Oliver (1-2, 8.10)

GAME 5: SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 1:15 p.m. EST
PITT: LHP Alex Caravella (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
NIAGARA: LHP Jim Fort (0-2, 7.31 ERA)

GAME 6: SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 4:15 p.m. EST
PITT: RHP Rhys Aldenhoven (2-0, 2.28 ERA)
TOLEDO: LHP Ryan Wilkinson (0-1, 5.31 ERA)


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