Pitt-Greensburg eliminated the Pitt-Bradford baseball team from the AMCC tournament Saturday with a two-game sweep of the Panthers in the first round. The Bobcats won 4-3 and 11-2.
Pitt-Bradford's hitting woes from Wednesday's doubleheader against Allegheny carried over to Saturday as it managed just eight hits in two games.
It appeared early on in game one that the Panthers were going to break out of their hitting slump. Jason Burkes lead off the bottom of the first with a base hit and he scored on Derek Smith's single two batters later. Ethan Showers walked with the bases loaded, and Bobby Sorokas tacked on another run with a sacrifice fly.
Pitt-Greensburg's Mike Pearson would escape the inning with only a three-run deficit. Over the next six innings, he would settle in, permitting just two more hits. He worked around a two-out bases loaded situation in the fifth and left a runner at second in the sixth.
Pitt-Bradford's Greg Taylor skirted disaster in both the first and second innings, leaving the bases full in both instances. In the fourth, the Bobcats would break through. A pair of RBI singles trimmed the Panther lead to 3-2, and reliever Ross Kaufman walked in the tying run. He would plunk the next batter to plate the eventual game-winning tally.
Taylor went 3.1 innings while surrendering seven hits and two walks. He struck out two and was charged for all four runs. Kaufman tossed two scoreless innings of relief yet failed to protect the lead after spelling Taylor. Bill Emerick recorded all three outs in the seventh.
The Bobcats ambushed game two starter Zach Bican for six runs and continued to pour it on against a collection of relievers.
The Bobcats jumped ahead 2-0 in the top of the first only to see the Panthers respond and level the score in their half of the frame. Jake Potter produced a RBI groundout and Showers followed with a run-scoring single.
Bican bounced back in the second inning, but would not escape the third. Pitt-Greensburg scored four runs on four hits and an error in the frame. The visitors added a run in the fourth, three more in the sixth and another in the seventh to cap the scoring.
Steven Anderson followed the lead of Pearson and shut down the Panthers over the final six innings, scattering four hits in a complete-game effort.
Bican allowed six runs, five earned, on six hits in 2.1 innings. He walked two and struck out a pair. The Bobcats finished with 11 hits in the contest as it took four different Panther relievers to record the final 14 outs.
Pitt-Bradford drops to 14-19 on the season. Pitt-Greensburg advances to play Penn State Behrend next Thursday in the double-elimination championship round.