May 6, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio - Prior to hosting Maryland this coming weekend in a crucial ACC series, the University of Pittsburgh baseball team (21-24) will head to Athens, Ohio this Wednesday to take on the Ohio Bobcats (10-33). First pitch is set for 7 p.m.
The Panthers are coming off a series victory at Boston College and will play their final non-conference road game of the season on Wednesday in Athens.
After taking two-of-three from the Eagles last weekend, the Panthers continue to hang on to the 10th and final ACC Tournament spot. Maryland is coming off a series sweep of Notre Dame and is currently ninth in the standings and one game ahead of Pitt in the wins column with 12 conference victories.
Stephen Vranka and Boo Vazquez will lead the charge into Ohio as they are both coming off very productive series at Boston College. Vranka batted .400 in the three games and carried an on base percentage of .600. He scored six total runs, including four in Pitt's 16-11 victory on Sunday.
Vazquez will look to continue his hot hitting, having collected seven hits in the three games against Boston College, including back-to-back three-hit performances in the final two games of the series. He leads the Panthers in home runs with six and leads the ACC in RBI during conference play with 24.
Ohio's shortstop Garrett Black is the reigning MAC East Division Player of the Week after batting .571 with four RBI and scoring five runs during a three games series victory against Buffalo. After enduring a 12 game losing streak, the Bobcats are 5-4 over their last nine games. Mitch Longo leads three players who bat over .300 as he carries a .346 batting average.
Live stats for Wednesday's game can be found by clicking here. In-game Twitter updates will also be available by following @PittBaseballACC.