Baseball sets school record in sweep of Hilbert

The Pitt-Bradford baseball team set a school record for runs scored in a game Wednesday in its sweep of Hilbert. The Panthers blitzed the Hawks 28-3 in the opener and hung on to win 10-7 in the nightcap.

The 28 runs scored were the most ever by a Pitt-Bradford team, and the most scored in a game by the Panthers since defeating Pitt-Greensburg 22-14 on April 3, 2010.

The game was called after five innings courtesy of the run-rule. Pitt-Bradford scored in every inning, including nine in the first. It led 13-0 before Hilbert scored all three of its runs in the second.

Derek Smith led the offensive charge as the Panthers finished with 13 hits. Smith was 4-5 with a pair of home runs and 10 RBIs. He connected for a three-run shot in the third, and cleared the bases with a grand slam in the fifth.

Sam Gardner added three hits and two RBIs, and Jason Burkes had two hits, three RBIs and scored five runs. Ethan Lear and Michael Pascarella each drove in two runs apiece.

Greg Taylor earned his first career win, allowing three runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out three.

The Panthers built a six-run lead in game two and held on late to improve to 5-3 in the AMCC. It was just the team's second sweep of a conference opponent this season.

Ethan Showers sparked the offense with a three-run home run, the first of his career, to finish with four RBIs in the game. Johnny Phelps was 2-4 with two RBIs, and Smith, Pascarella and Taylor each drove in a run.

Bobby Sorokas earned the win despite yielding six runs, three earned, in three innings. He gave up six hits, walked two and struck out two. Jonathan Meyer earned the one-out save, pitching around a base runner in the seventh. Talas Mahon went 3.2 innings in relief, striking out six and allowing an unearned run.

Pitt-Bradford improves to 9-11 on the season and will travel to La Roche Saturday.