May 1, 2014
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – With three ACC series remaining, the University of Pittsburgh baseball team travels to face Boston College this weekend for a critical three game series with major postseason implications on the line.
Friday’s series opener is slated for 2:30 p.m., while Saturday’s game is set for 1:30 p.m. The series finale on Sunday is at 1 p.m.
The Panthers enter the weekend at 19-23 overall and 9-12 in the ACC. Boston College, winners of five in a row, has moved its record to 19-27 and 8-16 in the ACC and is just one game back of Pitt in the win column.
There are five teams vying for the final two ACC Tournament spots, two of which are Pitt and BC. Coming off a series sweep of Maryland, the Eagles have moved themselves into playoff contention, making this a must-win series for the Panthers. Pitt also shares nine conference wins with NC State and Maryland, while Boston College (8) and Virginia Tech (7) are still alive for the postseason.
Matt Wotherspoon (5-5, 4.64 ERA) is coming off his second consecutive victory after pitching seven innings and allowing just four hits and zero runs while striking out seven batters against Arkansas Pine Bluff. That performance was on the heels of a home victory against No. 20 Clemson and the righty will look to keep it going against Boston College.
Reliever Jon Danielczyk (4-0, 2.95) also had standout performances against UAPB. Danielczyk picked up a save in the opening game of the series, and then pitched the final five innings of game two en route to his fourth victory of the season.
Danielczyk entered game one in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs and UAPB runners on first and third. Facing the reigning SWAC Player of the Year Isais Alcantar, Danielczyk got Alcantar to ground out to end the game and preserve the 3-2 victory. He then entered game two with a bases loaded, no outs situation in the bottom of the third inning and got a groundout and two strikeouts to end the threat. He would go on to pitch 5.0 innings of one-hit ball as the Panthers won 4-2.
After the Eagles endured a stretch of losing 15-of-16 games in the middle of the season, they have rebounded to win 7-of-8, including each of their last five ACC contests. Leading the charge is OF/1B Chris Shaw. Shaw leads the Eagles in almost every statistical category, including batting average (.313), at bats (176), hits (55), doubles (15), homers (4) and RBI (32).
Live stats for all three games can be found by clicking here, while fans can also follow @PittBaseballACC on Twitter for in-game updates.