GREENSBURG, Pa. - The Pitt-Bradford baseball team suffered a
heartbreaking defeat in game one, before rallying for a game-two victory over
the Pitt-Greensburg Bobcats on Saturday, April 12.
Pitt-Bradford (15-6, 5-1) used strong hitting in the second
game to build a large lead that was too much for the Bobcats to overcame during
a late rally.
In game one, junior Aaron Cressley (5-1) received the nod
from head coach Bret Butler and started on the hill for the Panthers. Cressley
tossed 6.1 innings of ball, allowing seven runs, six earned, on 10 hits. He
struck out eight at the plate.
Junior Bill Emerick relieved Cressley in the sixth inning.
Emerick tossed the final two outs and allowed just one hit in his brief
Pat James had a big outing at the plate, going 2-for-2 with
a run scored and one RBI.
The Panthers jumped on the board first in the first inning
when Joe Chittester reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Kyle Mann.
Pitt-Bradford tacked on one more in the fourth, before a big
sixth inning saw four runs score. Troy Glendenning doubled to left center that
moved three runs across to break the 2-2 tie and give the Panthers the lead.
Bobby Sorokas later singled up the middle that scored
Glendenning to end the sixth inning’s scoring spree.
Pitt-Greensburg (11-10, 4-2) scored in back-to-back innings
with three runs crossing in the sixth and two in the bottom of the seventh to
end the game in walk-off fashion.
In game two, senior Derek Meyer (3-0) headed to the mound
for the Panthers. Meyer pitched five innings of work and allowed six runs, all
earned, on four hits. He fanned two.
Senior Ross Kauffman tossed one inning and did not allow a
run on one hit. Emerick came on in relief again in game two, this time pitching
the final inning and allowing just one hit. He struck out one.
Sophomore Chris Kemp enjoyed a 2-for-3 outing at the plate
to lead the Panthers in hitting.
The Panthers jumped to a seven-run advantage after three
innings of play. Heading into the bottom of the sixth, Pitt-Bradford held a 9-1
lead when the Bobcats managed to move five runners across the plate.
The scoring spree wouldn’t be enough however, as Emerick
pitched a solid final inning and the Panthers grabbed game two to avoid the
Pitt-Bradford returns to the field on Tuesday, April 15, as
Hilbert comes to town for a 1 p.m. doubleheader at the Kessel Athletic Complex.