Pitt-Bradford rallies twice to force split with Altoona

The Pitt-Bradford baseball team split an AMCC doubleheader with Penn State Altoona Saturday. The Panthers dropped the opener 7-3 before rallying to win the nightcap 7-6.

The Lions jumped Pitt-Bradford starter Zach Bican for three runs in game one to build an early lead they would not relinquish. Bican, who escaped a bases loaded jam in the first with consecutive strikeouts, lasted just 3.2 innings. He walked three and struck out four.

Altoona led 5-0 before Ethan Showers' two-run single in the fifth got Pitt-Bradford on the scoreboard. Ken Terpack answered with a two-run home run to left field off reliever Bill Emerick in the sixth, and the Lions added two more in the seventh. Derek Smith's bases loaded walk in the final inning accounted for the Panthers' third run.

Pitt-Bradford finished with six hits and left seven men on base. Jake Potter and Showers had two hits apiece.

Pitt-Bradford erased a pair of three-run deficits in game two to force the split. It went ahead for good in the sixth behind a four-run burst.

Derek Smith's RBI single in the third pulled the Panthers within 3-1, and Johnny Phelps' two-run double in the fifth drew them even.

Altoona responded by scoring three runs in the top of the sixth to pull back ahead 6-3. The wheels came off in the bottom half of the inning for the Lions though.

Sam Gardner singled to lead off the frame and pinch-hitter Greg Taylor walked. Terpack entered to relieve Travis Shaffer, who replaced starter Chris Keeler following Gardner's hit.

Terpack plunked Jason Burkes to load the bases, and his wild pitch in the next at bat allowed Gardner to score. Pascarella walked to load the bases again, and Smith's RBI single drew the Panthers within one at 6-5. Potter drew a another bases loaded walk to even the score at six, and Phelps' squeeze bunt scored Pascarella for the eventual game-winning run.

Jonathan Meyer worked around a lead-off walk in the seventh to secure the win. He allowed a run 1.2 innings to pick up his second victory of the season. Starter Bobby Sorokas suffered a no decision after giving up four runs on five hits in 5.1 innings. He walked three and fanned four.

Smith paced the offense with three hits. He drove in two runs and scored another, and Gardner added two hits.

Pitt-Bradford improves to 10-15 and 6-7 in the AMCC. The Panthers wrap up conference play Monday at D'Youville.