Cressley dominates as Panthers down Houghton 7-0

Aaron Cressley vs. Pitt-Greensburg
Junior Aaron Cressley

HOUGHTON, N.Y. – The Pitt-Bradford baseball team grabbed its ninth win of the season on Friday, March 21, as the Panthers defeated the Houghton Highlanders, 7-0. Junior Aaron Cressley (4-0) pitched a gem, allowing just one hit in seven innings and fanned 10.

Junior Connor Borowski had a perfect day at the plate, going 4-for-4. Borowski drove in two runs and crossed the plate once himself.

Pitt-Bradford (9-4) jumped on the board early, but it was a four-run eighth inning that secured the win for the Panthers.

In the top of the first, junior Kyle Mann stepped to the plate with one out and cracked a triple to give the Panthers a runner in scoring position to start the game. Two batters later, junior Joe Chittester smacked a single through the infield that scored Mann from third and gave the Panthers the early advantage.

Cressley had a no-no going heading into the sixth inning. At that time, Houghton found its first hit of the game on a single that slipped through the infield. It would be prove to be the only hit Cressley surrendered during the contest.

In the top of the eighth, Pitt-Bradford held a 2-0 advantage when the bats really came alive. The scoring started when junior Kody Johnston reached on an error at first base. The ensuing batter, Chittester, doubled that advanced Johnston to third. The Panthers took full advantage of this opportunity by adding to its lead.

Chittester stepped to the plate in the ninth and cracked another single that scored Mann again to add the final run.

Junior Bill Emerick relieved Cressley in the eighth and pitched two innings of one-hit baseball as well. He struck out three and walked one en route to finishing the shutout.

The Panthers are off to a hot start to the 2014 season after gathering their latest win. Unfortunately, Pitt-Bradford will have to wait to step onto the diamond again, as the remaining games for this weekend are postponed due to inclement weather.

The Panthers are scheduled to return to the field on Wednesday, March 26, as they travel to face Penn State Behrend. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Erie, Pa.