Panthers Sweep Virginia Tech On Baseball Alumni Day
PITTSBURGH-Behind two strong pitching performances from freshman Don Rhoten and junior Joe Engel, Pittsburgh's baseball team registered two wins Saturday afternoon over Virginia Tech at Trees Field. The Panthers captured both ends of the doubleheader with identical scores of 4-1 and upped their record to 18-26 overall and 6-17 in the Big East.
In the opener, Rhoten (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) pitched a gem on the mound, recording his first career complete game en route to the victory. Rhoten scattered five hits and struck out five Hokies.
Virginia Tech grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Addison Bowman reached on a fielder's choice, allowing Brad Bauder, who earlier singled, to score from third base.
The Panthers bounced back with one run in the third inning to knot the score at 1-1. Sophomore Brant Colamarino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) led off with a double and senior Darrin Lenhart (Allentown, Pa./William Allen) followed with a RBI-double to right center to score Colamarino.
Junior Brad Rea (Gibsonia, Pa./North Allegheny) flied out to deep right field, enabling Lenhart to scoot across home plate with the go-ahead run in the fifth frame.
Pittsburgh tacked on two insurance runs in the sixth, stretching the advantage to 4-1. Pinch runner Andre Williams (Johnstown, Pa./Johnstown) darted home and beat the throw on a ground ball off the bat of Scott Folmar (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg). Freshman Bryan Spamer (Harrisburg, Pa./Redland) then hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score junior Eric Ackerman (Denver, Pa./Cocalico) for the final run.
Colamarino went 3-for-4 with one run to pace Pittsburgh's offense. Lenhart and sophomore Chris Papst (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown) each knocked out two hits apiece as well.
In the nightcap, Engel (S. Williamsport, Pa./S. Williamsport) worked all nine innings, striking out six Hokies and allowing one run. Engel, who now owns an impressive 1.92 earned run average, picked up his team-leading fifth win of the year.
Virginia Tech once again opened up a 1-0 lead in the first inning. However, Lenhart roped a two-run single down the left field line that gave the Panthers a 2-1 advantage after three innings.
Ackerman added an RBI-double in the fourth inning and Papst, who finished with a team-high two hits, notched the fourth run on an RBI-groundout in the sixth frame.
Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech complete their three-game series on Sunday with an afternoon matinee at Trees Field beginning at noon.