University of Pittsburgh Bradford
Panthers drop doubleheader with La Roche 16-3, 16-1
Junior Aaron Cressley
Junior Aaron Cressley

The Pitt-Bradford baseball team suffered back-to-back defeats at the hands of the visiting La Roche Redhawks, 16-3, 16-1, at the Kessel Athletic Complex on Saturday, April 19.

Pitt-Bradford (17-8, 7-3) could not find an answer to the strong pitching performance put on display by the Redhawks.

In game one, junior Aaron Cressley (5-2) received the start for the Panthers. Cressley tossed four innings of ball and allowed eight runs, two earned, on seven hits and fanned six at the plate. In the fifth, sophomore Ryan Chamberlain relieved Cressley and threw two innings. He allowed two earned runs on one hit and struck out three.

To start the seventh, senior Ross Kauffman threw 0.1 innings of work and allowed five earned runs in his brief appearance. Freshman Ryan Northcott worked the final two outs and allowed one earned run on two hits.

Junior Kody Johnston was 2-for-2 at the plate with two walks to lead the Panthers.

Pitt-Bradford jumped on the board first to start the game when Connor Borowski hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Eric Olivo. Unfortunately, not much went right for the Panthers moving forward.

Costly errors and mistakes throughout the lineup proved too much to overcome as La Roche (21-11, 11-1) had little trouble producing runs throughout the contest to earn the victory.

In game two, senior Derek Meyer (3-1) was on the hill for the Panthers. Meyer pitched 3.2 innings, allowing 12 runs, 11 earned, on 11 hits and recorded two strikeouts. Junior Mike Para took the mound to relieve Meyer in the fourth. Para finished with 2.1 innings of work. He allowed three earned runs on six hits and fanned two.

Junior Corey Hites finished the game for the Panthers on the mound. Hites threw the seventh inning and surrendered one earned one on one hit and fanned one.

Johnston again led the Panthers at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance.

For the second time in as many games, the Panthers struggled on the mound and in the batter’s box. Runs did not come easy in another tough outing.

The Panthers return to the KAC on Sunday, April 20, as Pitt-Bradford hosts Mount Aloysius in a makeup doubleheader at 2 p.m.