Baseball eliminated after losses to Pitt-Greensburg 4-2, 4-1

Junior Aaron Cressley
Junior Aaron Cressley

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 play.

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.