The Pitt-Bradford baseball team had its hands full in game
one, but rebounded nicely in game two to earn the 5-4 win and split the
doubleheader with the Mount Aloysius Mounties on Sunday, April 20.
Pitt-Bradford (18-9, 8-4) had little trouble in game one putting
runners on base, but couldn’t find a way to drive in runs. That all changed in
game two as the Panthers spotted a run to the Mounties early, but rebounded in
the fourth to drive home four runs.
Junior Bobby Sorokas (0-2) received the nod from head coach
Bret Butler in game one and started on the hill for Pitt-Bradford. Sorokas
worked four innings and surrendered eight runs, six earned, on eight hits and
At the plate, junior Kyle Mann and junior Connor Borowski led
the Panthers in game one. Mann went 2-for-3 with one run scored, while Borowski
tallied two hits in three plate appearances with one RBI.
In the sixth, junior Bill Emerick came on in relief and
tossed 2.1 innings of work. Emerick allowed two earned runs on two hits and
struck out one. Junior James Iversen pitched the final two outs in the seventh
and did not plate a run or allow a hit.
The Panthers ended the first inning with a 2-1 early lead
over Mount Aloysius (15-16, 8-4). That score stuck until the top of the third
when the Mounties pushed three runs across to grab a 4-2 advantage.
The Panthers plated another run in the bottom half of the
inning to come within one before Mount Aloysius took over in the fourth and put
four more on the board.
The seventh wasn’t friendly to the Panthers as well, as two
final runs crossed for the Mounties to equal the run total.
In game two, freshman Adam Mellott was on the mound for
Pitt-Bradford. Mellott worked five innings and allowed four runs, none earned,
on five hits and fanned one. Sophomore Zach Bican (4-1) relieved Mellott in the
sixth and did not allow a hit or a run while striking out two. He was awarded
the win for his efforts.
Freshman Troy Glendenning and junior Ethan Showers each
finished game two 1-for-2 at the plate with one RBI and one run scored.
Heading into the fourth, Pitt-Bradford trailed 1-0 when the
Panthers’ bats came alive. Joe Chittester got things started with a leadoff
single to right field. Showers stepped to the plate two batters later and
ripped a single down the right field line that scored Chittester to get the
Panthers on the board.
Glendenning singled one batter later and scored Borowski on
an unearned run from third to take the lead.
Mount Aloysius got one run back in the top of the fifth and
two in the top of the sixth to tie the game before the Panthers struck again in
the bottom half of the sixth. Junior Kody Johnston beat a throw at first to
reach on a fielder’s choice that allowed Bill Emerick to score from third and
give Bican the run support he needed.
Bican came to the mound in the seventh and struck out two of
three at the plate to give the Panthers a much-needed victory.
Pitt-Bradford returns to the diamond on Saturday, April 26.
The Panthers travel to face Penn State Altoona in Altoona, Pa. Game one is set
to begin at 1 p.m.