ALTOONA, Pa. – The Pitt-Bradford baseball team finished its
outing on Saturday by splitting a doubleheader with the Penn State Altoona
Lions 7-6 and 12-11.
Pitt-Bradford (19-10, 9-5) survived a late rally by the
Lions to take game one, before falling in the bottom of the eighth of game two
on a walk-off single.
In game one, senior Greg Taylor (5-0) kept his record
spotless with a solid start on the mound. Taylor worked six innings on the bump
and allowed six runs, four earned, on seven hits. He fanned two at the plate.
Junior Bill Emerick came on in the seventh and closed out
the win for the Panthers. Emerick did not allow a run to cross to preserve the
win for the Panthers while earning the save, his third of the season.
Junior Connor Borowski led the Panthers at the plate in game
one with a 1-for-4 performance that saw him drive in two runs and touch home once
himself. He crushed a two-run bomb over the left field wall in the fifth
The game remained scoreless until the top of the fourth when
the Panthers found the board with a four-run inning. Kody Johnston walked to
start the inning and later scored when Troy Glendenning walked with the bases
In the fifth, Borowski’s two-run home run put two more on
the board when Penn State Altoona (23-11, 11-3) found its bats in the bottom
half. The Lions put five runs on the board to cut into Pitt-Bradford’s lead.
Each team added a final run in the seventh, but the lone run
in the Lions’ final at-bat wasn’t enough as the Panthers snagged the win in
In game two, sophomore Zach Bican started on the hill for
the Panthers. Bican tossed 3.1 innings and allowed six runs, all earned, on
nine hits. He fanned two and walked three. In the fourth, junior Mike Para
relieved Bican and threw 2.2 innings of work. Para did not allow a run to score
and gave up just two hits.
Junior James Iversen took the mound in the seventh with a
five-run lead. Iversen gave up two runs, both earned, on one hit and did not
record an out. Junior Corey Hites relieved Iversen and completed the seventh.
Hites allowed three runs, two earned, on two hits. He recorded two strikeouts.
In the eighth, junior Bobby Sorokas (0-3) recorded one out
before allowing the game-winning single. Sorokas allowed the one earned run on
one hit and was credited with the loss.
Senior Sam Gardner led the Panthers at the plate in game
two. Gardner posted a 3-for-4 performance at the dish. He drove in two runs and
crossed the plate once.
Pitt-Bradford struck first in the second by scoring seven
runs to open a large lead early. Borowski was at it again with another two-run
shot that got the momentum going for the Panthers.
The Lions responded with back-to-back innings producing runs
to cut the lead to two in favor of the Panthers.
Penn State Altoona entered the seventh trailing 11-6. The
Lions put together a string of runs that tied the game and forced extra
With Sorokas on the mound and the Lions at the plate, Penn
State Altoona ripped a one-out single up the middle that scored the runner from
third and gave the Lions the victory.
Pitt-Bradford returns to the field on Monday, April 28. The Panthers
travel to Erie, Pa., to take on Penn State Behrend in a doubleheader beginning
at 1 p.m.