University of Pittsburgh Bradford
Sorokas, Smith lead Panthers in win over Nichols
Bobby Sorokas
Bobby Sorokas

The Pitt-Bradford baseball team thumped Nichols 11-1 Monday in its final game of the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic in Fort Myers, Fla.

After opening the week with five straight losses, the Panthers rebounded over the final three days, going 4-1 in their last five games.

Sophomore Bobby Sorokas earned his first career, tossing seven innings of one-run ball against Nichols. Sorokas held the Bison to just three hits and struck out six. He retired 14 of 15 batters at one point before running into trouble in the seventh, and by then he had comfortable lead as Pitt-Bradford led 10-0.

Derek Smith opened the scoring with a solo home run in the first, his second of the season. His two-run single in the fourth made it 6-0, and Michael Pascarella's solo shot in the sixth stretched the lead to 9-0. Johnny Phelps added a RBI single moments later, and Chris Kemp's RBI base hit in the seventh capped the scoring for the Panthers.

Smith finished with three hits, two runs and three RBIs to pace the offense. A total of eight different players recorded two or more hits. Phelps, Jake Potter, and Samuel Gardner all scored two runs apiece.

Pitt-Bradford, which is 4-6 on the season, returns home Saturday to host Baldwin Wallace for a four-game set.