Panthers outlast Houghton

Jason Burkes
Jason Burkes

Jason Burkes went 7-7 at the plate and the Pitt-Bradford baseball team outlasted Houghton 15-10 in its season finale on Tuesday.

Burkes spurred a 23-hit attack for the Panthers, pushing their two-game total this week to 40 hits. In their previous four games, they had just 16 combined hits.

A total of 10 different players recorded a hit and eight had at least two. Pitt-Bradford jumped ahead 7-0 behind a six-run first inning. The Highlanders rallied, chasing starter Ross Kaufman in the fourth to even the score.

Pitt-Bradford went ahead for good in the next inning, tallying runs in each of the last four frames, including two in the fifth, eighth and ninth.

Burkes, who also stole three bases, scored a team-high four runs. Six of his seven hits were singles with the other being a double. Derek Smith connected for his team-leading fifth home run of the season, a solo shot to open the third. Ethan Showers drove in three runs, and Scottie Frisina and Patrick James each had two RBIs apiece. In addition to their 23 hits, the Panthers walked nine times.

Jonathan Meyer earned the win after tossing 3.2 innings of scoreless relief. He surrendered four hits, walked two and struck out three. Kaufman allowed seven runs-three earned-on five hits in 3.1 innings to suffer a no-decision.

Pitt-Bradford finishes the season with an overall record of 16-19.