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Pitt Rides Matt Gilbertson’s Strong Start to Three-Game Sweep of EMU

Pitt Rides Matt Gilbertson’s Strong Start to Three-Game Sweep of EMU

Matt Gilbertson pitched seven scoreless innings and Pitt held on late to defeat Eastern Michigan, 3-2 and sweep the three-game series between the teams in Sanford, Florida.

The victory was the fourth consecutive win for the Panthers and they improved to 6-1 on the season, their best start to a season since 2017, when they also won six of their first even contests.

Gilbertson (1-0) worked around seven hits over his seven innings, striking out four Eagles. He did not allow a walk, meaning that no Pitt starter gave out a free pass in the three-game series. Gilbertson has not allowed a run in 14 innings over two starts.

Pitt took the lead in the fourth inning, when Bryce Hulett singled home Samuel Frontino and then added on in the fifth, when Frontino doubled in David Yanni and the eighth, when Yanni drew a bases-loaded walk for his team-best 13th RBI of the season.

Frontino finished 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles. Kyle Hess was 2 for 3 with a double. Riley Wash and Sky Duff also hit doubles for the Panthers.

Closer Chase Smith ran into some trouble in the ninth, when a walk, a hit batter, a single and an error allowed to Eagles to score. Freshman lefty Adam Bloebaum came on to earn his first career save in his second appearance by inducing a fly ball to end the game.

The Panthers will return to Sanford next week for a four-game weekend with games against Lehigh on Feb. 28 and 29 and Central Connecticut State on Feb. 28 and March 1. Friday’s doubleheader will start with a 1 p.m. first pitch against Lehigh, followed by a 5:30 p.m. first pitch against CCSU.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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