Smith's walk-off single helps Panthers salvage split

Aaron Cressley vs. Pitt-Greensburg
Aaron Cressley

Derek Smith's walk-off base hit

Derek Smith's walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning of game two helped the Pitt-Bradford baseball team salvage a split with Pitt-Greensburg Sunday.

The Panthers fell 2-1 in the opener, wasting a brilliant start by Aaron Cressley. After rallying in game two, they gave up the tying run in the seventh only to see Smith lift them to a 4-3 win.

Cressley breezed through the first four innings in game one, yielding just a single base hit while striking out four. It was the fifth inning that did in him.

Steve Zerbini lead off the frame with a solo shot to left field, and Dan Moyer followed with a triple into the corner in right. He scored in the next at bat when second basemen Jake Potter failed to field a ground ball cleanly with the infield drawn in.

The Panthers scored their only run in the fifth on Michael Pascarella's sacrifice fly. They had a chance to tack on more runs, but Smith lined out to right field with two runners on to end the threat.

Ethan Showers doubled with one-out in the sixth yet the Bobcats' Mike Pearson worked around it by retiring the next two batters. Pitt-Bradford went down in order in the seventh to end the contest.

The game could have potentially gone to extra innings if not for a great play by Pitt-Greensburg's Dave Coradi in the third inning. Potter was waved home on Pascarella's one-out base hit to right field, but Coradi's throw beat Potter to the plate.

Cressley took the loss in a complete-game effort, falling to 2-2 on the season despite lowering his ERA to 2.77. He allowed five hits, walked one and struck out five.

Pitt-Bradford managed just five hits of its own and was 1-8 with runners in scoring position.

The Bobcat's jumped ahead 2-0 after the first inning of game two. Jason Burkes pulled the Panthers within one in the second on a bloop RBI single, and Sam Gardner's sacrifice fly in the third tied the score. Bobby Sorokas followed with a base hit to left field, scoring Johnny Phelps for the go ahead run.

Starter Zach Bican recovered after a shaky first inning, managing to pitch into the sixth. He retired the first two batters in the frame before issuing three straight walks to load the bases. Bill Emerick entered to induce an inning-ending flyout.

Clinging to a 3-2 lead in the seventh, Emerick gave up three straight two-out base hits, allowing Greensburg to tie the game. Jonathan Meyer came on to record the final out.

In the bottom half, Burkes reached on an error, moved to second on a balk, and was safe at third on a fielder's choice. Pascarella walked to load the bases, and then Smith lined a single to right, scoring Burkes. It was the Panthers' third walk-off win this season.

Bican allowed a season-high seven walks. He was charged for two runs on four hits. Meyer earned the win, his first of the season.

Pitt-Bradford finished with nine hits, but left eight men on base. The Bobcats also struggled with runners in scoring position, stranding 12 men of their own.

Pitt-Bradford moves to 7-11 on the season and 3-3 in the AMCC. It travels to Hilbert Tuesday.