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Crunch Time: Pitt Baseball Hosts Maryland in Final Home Series

Senior Pitcher Rhys Alendhoven

Senior Pitcher Rhys Alendhoven

May 8, 2014

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Probables:
Game One: Rhys Aldenhoven (2-2, 3.71) vs. Jake Stinnett (5-6, 2.63)
Game Two: Joseph Harvey (2-1, 2.21) vs. Mike Shawaryn (3.12)
Game Three: Matt Wotherspoon (5-5, 4.93) vs. Jake Drossner (4-1, 2.42) 

PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh baseball team will play host to Maryland this weekend for a three-game set at Charles L. Cost Field with major postseason implications on the line.

The series opener is set for Friday at 3 p.m., while Saturday’s game is also scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday’s series finale will take place at Noon. Live stats and video for all three games can be found by clicking here.  

The Panthers enter the series at 22-24 overall and 11-13 in conference. Maryland is 30-19 overall and 12-14 in the ACC. Pitt continues to hold onto the 10th and final spot in the ACC tournament, while Maryland is currently ninth. The top team from the Atlantic and Coastal divisions earns automatic bids into the ACC tournament, and the remaining eight teams are decided by conference winning percentage, regardless of division. Pittsburgh is currently sixth in the Coastal division, but is hanging on to the 10th tournament spot.


 

 

Pitt is coming off of a midweek victory against Ohio University by the score of 6-1. The Panthers were led by Casey Roche who scored a pair of runs to go along with his two singles. Luke Curtis threw five shutout innings en route to earning his first win of the season.

Pitt heads into the series on a three game winning streak, and having won six of its last eight. During the eight game stretch, the Panthers are averaging six runs per game.

The Panthers continue to rely on the hot hitting of Boo Vasquez, who is riding a season-high eight game hitting streak. Vasquez is hitting .412 during his current streak, and of those eight games, three have been three-hit efforts.

The Terps are led by redshirt-freshman second baseman Brandon Lowe who boasts a .359 batting average which is second in the ACC. They enter the series on a five game winning streak, having swept Notre Dame last weekend, and adding a pair of midweek wins against Towson and VCU. On the Mound, sophomore Jake Stinnett is the staff’s ace, having pitched 89.0 innings with a 2.36 ERA. He has 107 strikeouts the season and has allowed just 24 walks.  

Saturday will be Senior Day for eight graduating student-athletes at Pitt. The seniors being honored are: Rhys Aldenhoven, Luke Curtis, Jon Danielczyk, J.R. Leonardi, Casey Roche, Stephen Shelinsky, Jr., Stephen Vranka and Matt Wotherspoon.

This senior class has been one of the most successful to ever come through the Pitt program has they have compiled a 125-92 (.576) record over their four years, including a record-setting 42 victories in 2013.

For more information on the weekend series, stay up-to-date by following @PittBaseballACC on Twitter.