GREENSBURG, Pa. – The Pitt-Bradford baseball team fell to
the Pitt-Greensburg Bobcats in the first round of the Allegheny Mountain
Collegiate Conference Tournament, 4-2 and 4-1, on Sunday, May 4.
Pitt-Bradford (20-15, 9-7) couldn’t find the run support
necessary to keep up with the fast paced Bobcats’ offense.
In game one, junior Aaron Cressley (5-4) was on the mound for
the Panthers. Cressley worked all six innings and allowed four runs, all
earned, on seven hits and struck out seven.
At the plate, junior Kyle Mann led the Panthers in hitting.
Mann went 2-for-3 and touched home twice in the first contest.
The Panthers grabbed the early lead in the first inning when
Connor Borowski laced a double to right field that scored Mann from third for
the 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second, Pitt-Greensburg worked two
across to steal the lead from the Panthers.
Pitt-Bradford tied it in the third with a double to center
field from Joe Chittester. The hit scored Ethan Showers to put the Panthers
right back in it.
In the fourth and the fifth, Pitt-Greensburg put one run on
the board to create separation from the Panthers and eventually finished the
game with the win.
In game two, it was senior Derek Meyer (3-3) that headed to
the hill for Pitt-Bradford. Meyer tossed a complete game as well and
surrendered four runs, all earned, on eight hits. He fanned three.
At the dish, it was Mann again leading the Panthers’ attack.
Mann had another 2-for-3 outing and scored the lone run.
Just like in game one, the Panthers struck right away in the
first inning. Kody Johnston singled to left field that sent Mann across the
plate for another early lead.
Also like in game on, the Bobcats found a way to tie it up
soon after. In the third, Pitt-Greensburg moved a runner across the plate for
the 1-1 tie.
The game remained tied heading to the bottom of the fourth.
At that time, the Bobcats found a rhythm offensively and put three more runs on
the board to open the scoring. The deficit proved too large for the Panthers to
overcome as they fell again in game two and were eliminated from tournament
With the loss, the Panthers conclude the 2014 campaign. A
roster filled with juniors means Pitt-Bradford returns much of its core from
this season entering next year.