University of Pittsburgh Bradford
Pitt-Bradford splits doubleheader with #18 Johns Hopkins
Junior Aaron Cressley
Junior Aaron Cressley

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, 8-2.

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 eight.

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 10 a.m.