The Pitt-Bradford baseball team hung on to split an AMCC doubleheader with Mount Aloysius Sunday. The Panthers dropped the opener 2-1 only to bounce back and win 7-4 in the game two.
Game one featured a pitcher's duel between Greg Taylor and Derrick Capiak with Capiak getting the best of his counterpart. Taylor suffered the loss despite putting together his best performance of the season.
His only mistake came in the second inning, a two-run double by Aloysius' Ian Helsel. It was one of just five hits Taylor surrendered. He walked four and struck out a season-high seven in six innings.
The Panthers failed to crack Capiak until the final inning. With one out, Scottie Frisina and Tommy Reese singled in consecutive at bats. After Jason Burkes lined out to second, Michael Pascarella singled to score Frisina from second, but pinch-runner Danny Rinfrette was thrown out at home to end the game.
Pitt-Bradford had a chance in the sixth to break through against Capiak with the bases loaded and just one out, but failed to score a run.
The Panthers finished with eight hits and stranded seven runners in all. Derek Smith had a team-high three hits.
Pitt-Bradford scored in each of the last three innings in game two to salvage the split with the Mounties.
Trailing 1-0 in the second, Jake Potter, who singled to lead off the inning, scored on a wild pitch to even the score. The Panthers fell behind 2-1 in the fourth only to respond in the next inning. Jason Burkes' RBI sacrifice fly scored Sam Gardner, tying the game at two.
Pitt-Bradford went ahead for good in the fifth on Johnny Phelps RBI groundout. Kirby Craft added an insurance tally with a run-scoring hit in the seventh, and three batters later, Smith came through with a two-run single, stretching the Panther lead to 6-2. Potter's sacrifice fly to centerfield plated another run to cap the four-run burst.
Ross Kauffman allowed a pair of runs to score in the bottom half of the seventh, but he struck out the game's final batter to strand two runners and record his first save of the year.
Bobby Sorokas picked up the win, going 5.2 innings while allowing two runs, one earned, on nine hits. He walked two and struck out one.
Potter went 3-3 with a run scored and a RBI, and Smith added two hits to pace the offense. The Panthers finished with nine hits altogether.
Pitt-Bradford improves to 10-14 on the season and 6-6 in the AMCC. It hosts Penn State Altoona next Saturday.