Behrend takes two from Pitt-Bradford

The Pitt-Bradford baseball team dropped an AMCC doubleheader to Penn State Behrend Sunday. The Panthers lost the opener 8-3 and fell 5-4 in extra innings in the nightcap.

Behrend led 3-0 after the first inning in game one, and 6-0 after the third. Panther started Greg Taylor failed to pitch out of the fourth inning, allowing seven runs, four earned, on nine hits. He walked two and struck out three.

Bill Emerick went four innings in relief, surrendering one run on five hits. Johnny Phelps had a two-run single in the fourth, and Michael Pascarella drove in a run in the seventh to account for the Pitt-Bradford offense.

The Panthers fell behind 3-1 in game two after just the first two frames. In the fifth, Behrend starter Dante DeSantis intentionally walked Derek Smith to load the bases. Phelps then drove a pitch to the gap in leftfield, scoring three runs to give Pitt-Bradford a 4-3 lead.

The Lions tied the game in the sixth, and after the Panthers left the bases loaded in the seventh, Behrend's Corey Bowers delivered a two-out RBI double for the go ahead run in the top half of the eighth. Chad Zurat struck out the side in bottom of the inning to complete the sweep, working around a one-out single.

Jon Meyer took the loss after allowing the tying run to score in the sixth and the eventual game-winning run. Starter Bobby Sorokas suffered a no decision. He gave up four runs on four hits in 5.1 innings. He walked three and struck out five.

Pitt-Bradford left 11 men on base in the contest and was 3-13 with runners in scoring position.

Pitt-Bradford drops to 6-10 on the season and 2-2 in the AMCC. The Panthers travel to D'Youville Wednesday.