A six-run inning in the top of the third propelled Pitt to a 9-1 win over Youngstown State on Wednesday afternoon at Eastwood Field. The Panthers are now 16-11 on the season and have won six of their last seven games.
Pitt scored nine runs on seven hits and an error. Freshman shortstop Tommy Tavarez had a standout performance for the Panthers with three RBIs and a home run. First baseman Bryce Hulett recorded two RBIs, as well. Youngstown State scored one run on six hits and had 11 runners left on base.
Sky Duff got things started for the Panthers with a home run in the top of the first to put the Panthers up 1-0. Youngstown State answered in the bottom of the second after a wild pitch by Tyler Kennedy that brought a runner home to tie the game at 1-1.
After the wild pitch, Kennedy was pulled from the game and was replaced by Brady Devereux. In addition to the wild pitch, Kennedy walked four batters in two innings. With two runners on and one out when taking over, Devereux was able to get Pitt out of a jam and retired the side.
With two outs, Hulet hit a two-run RBI in the top of the third to put Pitt up 3-1. Youngstown State could have finished the inning, but pitcher Nick Perez committed an error. Jack Anderson then hit a double to bring another runner home. Tavarez followed with a three-run home run to enhance Pitt’s lead to 7-1. Pitt scored six consecutive runs with two down. Youngstown State had four batters left on in the first two innings.
Brandon Mikos replaced Perez on the mound in the top of the fourth. Perez allowed seven runs on five hits. After an error by second baseman Trey Law on a hit by Duff, Tatem Levins got home from second base to increase Pitt’s lead to 8-1.
Youngstown State had two runners left on in the bottom of the fifth. Mikos had another 1-2-3 inning in the top of the sixth to retire the side. Mikos retired eight Pitt batters in a row.
In the top of the eighth, Cameron Barto hit a double to bring Tavarez home from second to give Pitt a 9-1 advantage. After a solid pitching performance by Quin Konuszewski, Baron Stuart closed things out for Pitt and secured the win after a 6-4-3 double play.
Pitt’s next game is on Friday, April 8, against Boston College on the road. The contest will be the first of three meetings between the two teams over the weekend in Boston.