Baseball splits with No. 24 Johns Hopkins

Zach Bican
Zach Bican

The Pitt-Bradford baseball team split a series with No. 24 Johns Hopkins Sunday at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic in Fort Myers, Fla.

Freshman Zach Bican was stellar in the first game of the doubleheader, pitching the Panthers to a 4-2 win.

Bican scattered six hits over seven innings, allowing a pair of unearned runs, to earn his first career win. He walked one and struck out two.

Pitt-Bradford surged ahead in the second inning on a RBI by Michael Pascarella, and Derek Smith followed with a run-scoring double down the left field line. With the game tied at two, Bobby Sorokas hit a two-run inside the park home run in the third. It would stand up as Bican permitted just four base runners over the final four innings.

Johns Hopkins scored four runs in the first inning of the nightcap and Chris Wilhelm connected for a pair of home runs as the Blue Jays won 9-4.

Starter Johnny Phelps lasted just two-thirds of an inning, allowing four runs, three earned, on two hits and two walks.

The Panthers scored three in their half of the frame, but Hopkins added three in the third and two more in the seven to build a sizeable lead.

Smith totaled three hits and drove in a run to lead the offense.

Pitt-Bradford stands at 3-6 on the season and will wrap up its Spring Break trip Monday against Nichols.