FT. MYERS, Fla. – The Pitt-Bradford baseball team completed
the sweep of Finlandia University during doubleheader action on Wednesday,
Pitt-Bradford (7-1) crushed the Lions in game one, 17-2, and
scored just enough in game two to steal the victory, 2-0. With the pair of
wins, the Panthers are off to a roaring start to the 2014 season, having only
dropped one game to date.
In game one, senior Derek Meyer (1-0) received the nod from
head coach Bret Butler. Junior Kody Johnston was behind the plate calling the
signals. Meyer threw six innings of ball and surrendered just three hits. He
allowed two runs, one earned, and struck out an eye-popping 10 batters.
The Panthers wasted little time getting on the scoreboard.
In the bottom of the first, two runs crossed to give Pitt-Bradford the early
A six-run third inning opened the scoring and handed the
Panthers a 10-2 lead with a lot of baseball left. Timely defensive plays in the
outfield and solid grabs by the infielders kept Pitt-Bradford rolling against a
struggling Lions’ lineup.
In the fourth, Ethan Lear’s single to left field started
another scoring spree that saw the Panthers tack on four more. With Joe
Chittester touching home for the final run of the inning, Pitt-Bradford held a
commanding 14-2 lead entering the fifth.
A scoreless fifth and three more runs in the sixth gave the
Panthers a monster victory over the Lions and the momentum heading into the
In game two, the battery consisted of sophomore Ryan
Chamberlain (1-0) on the mound with sophomore Chris Kemp behind the plate. Chamberlain
pitched four innings, allowing three hits and struck out seven.
The two teams were scoreless heading into the fourth as both
pitchers grinded out inning after inning. Ethan Showers stepped to the plate
with no outs and runners at second and third. Showers cracked a sacrifice fly
to centerfield that scored Chittester from third to give the Panthers the 1-0
In the fifth, junior Bill Emerick relieved Chamberlain on
the hill and pitched three solid innings, surrendering three hits. He struck
out three at the plate.
The Panthers entered the bottom of the seventh with a 2-0
lead. With no outs, Emerick had runners at the corners. A pair of line drives to
left field and short stop had the Panthers one out away from the sweep. Emerick
got the final batter to ground out to second base that sealed the victory. He
was awarded with the save.
Pitt-Bradford will take Thursday off before heading back to
the field on Friday, March 14. The Panthers take on number 20 Johns Hopkins in
a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.