FT. MYERS, Fla. – The Pitt-Bradford baseball team held its
own against nationally ranked Johns Hopkins University on Friday, March 14. The
Panthers defeated the Blue Jays 8-2 in game one, before falling in game two,
Junior Aaron Cressley (3-0) kept his perfect record clean
with an outstanding performance in front of several professional scouts there
to see him pitch versus a quality opponent. Cressley pitched a complete game
and surrendered just two runs, both earned, and gave up six hits. He struck out
Pitt-Bradford (8-2) went three up, three down in the first
inning, before a tough second scored the game’s first runs. A single to left
field brought the Blue Jays’ base runner across the plate to make it a 1-0
game. A few batters later and the second run scored on an RBI-walk.
The Panthers struggled to find a rhythm until the fourth
inning when the bats came alive. Another RBI-walk scored the first run for
Pitt-Bradford, and two more runs were tacked on to make it 3-2 in favor of the
Blue and Gold.
A four-run fifth inning provided Cressley with a comfortable
lead at 7-2. The Panthers cracked four hits as the runs continued to cross the
plate. Kyle Mann added the final run in the bottom of the sixth as Eric Olivo’s
grounder gave him time to reach the plate.
Cressley closed out a solid performance in the top of the
seventh as the Panthers claimed the victory in game one.
In game two, sophomore Zach Bican (1-1) headed to the hill
for the Panthers. Bican threw 6.2 innings of work, surrendering four runs,
three earned, on two hits. He fanned five at the plate.
Senior Talas Mahon came on in relief in the sixth and
pitched one inning. He gave up four runs, all earned, on four hits. To close
out the game, freshman Ryan Northcott took the ball and struck out one.
The Panthers didn’t have the same defensive performance in
game two that they had in game one. Runs began to add up as the game carried on
and heading into the eighth, Pitt-Bradford trailed 4-0.
A strong eighth inning for the Blue Jays gave the opponent
all it would need. The Panthers got on the board in the eighth with junior Kody
Johnston’s double to left field that scored Sam Gardner.
One inning later, Pitt-Bradford tallied its final run with
Olivo’s single to right centerfield. The Panthers were unable to match the Blue
Jays on the scoreboard.
Pitt-Bradford returns to the field on Saturday for its final
doubleheader this week versus Gettysburg College. First pitch is scheduled for