Baseball secures home field advantage for first round of AMCC tourney

Scottie Frisina
Scottie Frisina

The Pitt-Bradford baseball team secured home field advantage for the first round of this weekend's AMCC tournament by sweeping D'Youville Monday.

The Panthers blanked the Spartans 8-0 in the opener and won 8-3 in the in the nightcap to complete the sweep.

With the two wins, the Panthers finish fourth in the conference with a mark of 9-7 and will host Pitt-Greensburg Saturday in a best-of-three format. The winner of that matchup will advance to the Championship round starting Thursday, May 9, at Penn State Behrend.

Greg Taylor turned in his best performance in a Pitt-Bradford uniform, firing a four-hit shutout in the game one. He tied a season high with seven strikeouts while evening his record at 2-2.

Scottie Frisina had a RBI single in the five-run third inning, and Sam Gardner delivered a two-run base hit. Kirby Craft drove in a pair of runs in the sixth, part of a three-run burst by the Panthers.

In game two, Pitt-Bradford sent 10 men to the plate during a seven-run third inning. Bobby Sorokas produced the big hit, a bases clearing double, and Derek Smith drove in another run.

Zach Bican notched the win, pitching on one day's rest. After allowing a run in the first inning on three hits, he settled in to throw three straight scoreless frames. He walked one and struck out five to earn his second win as well.

It was a bounce-back performance for Bican, who took the loss against Penn State Altoona on Saturday after failing to pitch out of the fourth inning. Gardner went 3-4 at the plate to pace the offense.

Pitt-Bradford improves to 13-15 on the year and will host Juniata Tuesday at 4:15 p.m.