Pitt baseball lost their first game in the All-American Classic on Friday, March 4, 5-3 against the Army Black Knights.
Catcher Tatem Levins led off the second inning with a home run to right, giving the Panthers a 1-0 lead.
In the fourth, he hit a double then claimed third on a pickoff attempt that bounced into center field.
Jack Anderson hit a sacrifice fly that doubled the lead. Jordan Anderson hit a lead off single in the fifth and Army walked three batters in a row, with outfielder Kyle Hess drawing the free pass that made it 3-0.
Panthers ace Matt Gilberson pitched his best game of the young season, going 6.2 innings and tallying six strikeouts. He gave up two runs in the sixth inning, but stayed on to begin the seventh: head coach Mike Bell pulled him for Baron Stuart after a two-out double.
The Black Knights tied it in the eighth thanks to a double, passed ball and single, then took a 4-3 lead on another two-bagger.
C.J. McKennitt entered for Stuart with runners on second and third. Jordan Anderson appeared to end the inning when he caught a fly ball and threw a bullet home to nab the runner. The play was overturned on review, putting Army up 5-3 heading into the ninth.
Sophomore Tanner Gresham entered to close the Panthers out. He allowed a one-out walk to first baseman Bryce Hulett to put the tying run at the plate, but struck out the next two batters to end the game.
The Panthers are now 5-4 on the season, and will face Ohio State at 1pm on Saturday, March 6. Billy Corcoran is slated to pitch.