April 4, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The No. 26 University of Pittsburgh baseball team travels to Tampa, Fla. this weekend to take on the USF Bulls for a three-game series at the USF Baseball Stadium. The games will be broadcasted via BullsCast on the USF athletics website for a fee.
Pitt is heading into the weekend with a 20-6 record and a nine-game winning streak. Boasting one of the most productive offensive teams in the country, the Panthers lead the Big East standings in batting average (.306), on-base percentage (.415), slugging percentage (.449), runs (214), home runs (22), RBI (186), and total bases (.419).
Casey Roche (JR./Downingtown, Pa.) will lead Pitt offensively in the weekend series. Roche currently holds the highest batting average (.380) on the team and also leads the Panthers in runs scored (30), hits (41), and RBI (33). Falling sixth in the Big East individual batting standings, Roche leads the Big East in RBI and falls second in batting average, hits, and runs scored, and total bases (62).
Pitt will be returning the usual trio to the mound this weekend in Ethan Mildren (JR./ Hopwood, Pa.), Matt Wotherspoon (JR./Mountain Top, Pa.), and Rhys Aldenhoven (JR./Victoria, Australia), who have a combined 14-2 record and 3.05 ERA.
USF enters the weekend with a 15-14 record on the season, but hold a 12-4 mark at home. The Bulls are led offensively by Nik Alfonso and Chris Norton who hold .359 and .352 batting averages respectively.
The Bulls hold the edge on Pitt coming into the weekend with a 14-4 all-time series record against the Panthers, with the most recent meeting between the two teams resulting in a Panthers loss.
GAME 1: FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 7 p.m. EST
PITT: RHP Ethan Mildren (5-1, 3.29 ERA)
USF: RHP Jimmy Herget (2-1, 1.41 ERA)
GAME 2: SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 6 p.m. EST
PITT: RHP Matt Wotherspoon (4-1, 3.10 ERA)
USF: LHP Nick Gonzalez (2-3, 3.43 ERA)
GAME 3: SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 1 p.m. EST
PITT: RHP Rhys Aldenhoven (5-0, 2.70 ERA)
USF: RHP Joey Lovecchio (3-2, 6.75 ERA)