Panthers split with Lions 7-6, 12-11

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Senior Greg Taylor

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 inning.

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 loaded.

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 game one.

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 innings.

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.