Bats go quiet in sweep to La Roche

Aaron Cressley vs. Pitt-Greensburg
Aaron Cressley lowered his ERA to 2.25.

Defending AMCC champion La Roche swept the Pitt-Bradford baseball team Saturday by scores of 3-2 and 5-0.

The opening tilt lasted 10 innings as starters Aaron Cressley and Cole Lentz locked into a pitcher's duel. Both starters went six innings and allowed just a single run before giving away to their respective bullpens for the final three-plus innings.

Cressley allowed five hits, walked one and struck out five. His only mistake came in the fifth, an RBI single to Dan Burns. The run was unearned, a result of an error by second basemen Jake Potter.

Michael Pascarella evened the score in the fifth with a run-scoring base hit to plate Jason Burkes. Burkes led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. It would be the only run the Panthers scored off Lentz, who struck out 11 while yielding four hits.

In extra innings, Burkes walked with two outs in the ninth, stole second, and scored on Potter's base hit to make 2-1 Pitt-Bradford. La Roche answered with a run in its half of the frame, tying the game at two despite not getting the ball out of the infield off reliever Jonathan Meyer.

Derek Smith led off the 10th with a double, moved to the third on a sacrifice bunt, and attempted to come home on Ethan Showers' fly ball, but was thrown out at the plate. Having seized the momentum, the Redhawks won the game on Brian Tougher's RBI walk-off single.

Talas Mahon suffered the loss, allowing a run and two base hits in an inning of work. Meyer went 2.1 innings in relief, yielding a bunt single and two walks.

Pitt-Bradford finished with seven hits, left eight men on and went 3-14 with runners in scoring position.

Ryan Fennell tossed a two-hit shutout in game two to complete the sweep. Pitt-Bradford starter Zach Bican lasted only 3.2 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits while issuing two walks.

The Panthers didn't have a base runner until the fourth, and their first hit didn't come until the fifth.

Pitt-Bradford drops to 9-13 on the season and 5-5 in the AMCC. The men travel to Mount Aloysius Sunday.