Panthers grab game two to split with Mounties 10-3, 5-4

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Junior Kody Johnston

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 fanned one.

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.