April 3, 2012
PITTSBURGH—The Pitt baseball team will host Youngstown State at Charles L. Cost Field at the Petersen Sports Complex on Wednesday, April 4 at 2 p.m. The Panthers enter the non-conference midweek match-up after having taken two out of three games at Cincinnati this past weekend. This will be the first of three games scheduled to be played between Pitt and Youngstown State this season.
Last season, the Panthers outscored the Penguins 14-2 in two games played at home. Pitt has won its past six games against Youngstown State—four of which were played in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Probable Pitcher (PITT): #41 Casey Roche (1-1, 10.97 ERA)
Pitt (13-12) enters Wednesday’s game fresh off of a series win over Cincinnati. The Panthers took the Big East series win with a solo home run from Elvin Soto in the top of the 11th inning to solidify a 10-9 win, closed out by freshman Tanner Wilt with 3 1/3 innings of work. With a season-high 20 hits in the game, Pitt improved to 2-4 in Big East play. The Panthers currently stand at a perfect 4-0 in games played at Charles L. Cost Field.
A productive offensive surge in recent play has raised Pitt’s team batting average to .290, placing them sixth in the top batting averages in the Big East. The 255 base hits recorded by the Panthers in 25 games played gives them an impressive 10.2 hits per game, all which have contributed to 156 runs scored this season. Pitt’s on-base percentage, which currently sits at .384, is second in the conference behind Louisville (.404 OBP).
The Panthers have been consistently challenging pitchers throughout the season. Anthony Defabio is batting .344 this season and leads the team with 27 runs scored and nine doubles. He also leads the team with a .500 on-base percentage, which ranks 40th in all of Division I baseball. Rick Devereaux tops the team with a .418 batting average that ranks third overall in the conference. Devereaux has 46 hits this season, which includes five home runs. He has driven in 34 runs as well, and is seventh in the nation in RBI per game (1.36).
Sam Parente and Elvin Soto have played well lately, and both have continued to show great confidence at the plate. Parente is batting .375 with a .492 on-base percentage and Soto has 25 RBI with a team-best six home runs.
Casey Roche will be on the mound for the Panthers as he makes his third start of the season. In last Wednesday’s game against Kent State, Roche allowed three runs in five innings of work while striking out five and walking two.
Probable Pitcher (YSU): Pat Shedlock (0-3, 9.88 ERA)
Youngstown State (4-22) dropped two out of three games to Butler this past weekend. The Penguins hold a .154 winning percentage and have gone 3-7 in their last 10 games played. Youngstown State is 1-9 on the road this season.
Jeremy Banks and Drew Dosch top the offensive ranks for the Youngstown State baseball team. Banks is batting .426 with five home runs and 24 RBI this season, holding a respectable .779 slugging percentage to his name. Dosch, who has already had two five-hit games this season, is batting .361 with 17 runs scored, three home runs, and 20 RBI.
The Penguins are batting .252 as a team and have an overall ERA at 7.62. Youngstown State’s pitching staff has allowed 15 home runs this season as well.