Seven-run third inning propels Pitt-Bradford to fourth straight win

The Pitt-Bradford baseball team won its fourth straight game Tuesday, defeating Juniata 14-10 in a nine-inning non-conference affair.

A total of seven different players recorded a hit as the Panthers pumped out 17 in all. They also took advantage of five Eagle errors.

Johnny Phelps' two-run single in the first opened the scoring, but Juniata would storm ahead in the third with five runs of its own. Pitt-Bradford responded by scoring seven runs in its half of the frame.

Jason Burkes' two-run base hit keyed the big inning, and Sam Gardner, Derek Smith and Jake Potter each added a RBI hit in the inning.

Patrick James and Burkes each drove in a run in the fourth, and James produced another RBI hit in the fifth. Ethan Showers singled in a run as well to help the Panthers stretch their lead to 13-5.

Juniata clawed back into the game by plating five runs in the sixth. With the bases loaded, Jonathan Meyer struck out Joe Klusman to end the threat. Meyer allowed a single base runner over the final two innings to earn his first save of the season.

Ross Kaufman earned the win after allowing five runs in 4.1 innings of relief. Starter Talas Mahon lasted just 2.1 innings. He surrendered five runs, two earned, on five hits while walking one and fanning four.

Potter went 4-5 with a RBI and three runs scored to pace the offense. Phelps had three hits and drove in three runs, and Smith added three hits and a RBI. James and Burkes totaled three RBIs apiece.

Pitt-Bradford improves to 14-15 on the season and travels to Allegheny Wednesday.