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Extra Base Hits the Difference as Pitt Crushes Boston College 13-3

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CHESTNUT HILL, MASS. — Extra base hits were the difference for the Pittsburgh Panthers as they improved their ACC record to .500 for the first time this season, thanks to a 13-3 win over the Boston College Eagles on Friday, April 8.

Pitt batters earned nine extra base hits, even without the help of leadoff slugger Kyle Hess, who has missed the last two games for an undisclosed reason. Eagles starter Joe Mancini went 5.1 innings, but gave up nine earned runs in the process.

The Eagles opened the scoring against Panthers ace Matt Gilbertson on a first-inning single with runners at the corners.

Gilbertson pitched seven innings of three run ball. He allowed ten hits, only one of which went for extra bases, and struck out four batters without issuing a free pass.

Pitt made it 3-1 in the second with a sacrifice fly and RBI doubles by Tommy Tavarez and Jordan Anderson.

Tavarez, starting at shortstop in place of Brock Franks, who has struggled at the plate to begin this season, staked his claim at the starting job by going 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.

Ron Washington Jr. hit a two-run homer in the third inning that increased the Panthers lead to four.

The Panthers made it 10-1 in the sixth inning with an RBI single by right fielder CJ Funk, a two-run triple by second baseman Jeff Wehler, and a sacrifice fly that brought Wehler across. 

Boston College answered back in the bottom of the frame on a foul-out sacrifice and a single as they closed the gap to 10-3.

Catcher Tatem Levins made it 11-3 with an eighth-inning single, before veteran third baseman Sky Duff scored two more with a double. 

Sitting on a ten run lead, the Panthers gave a pair of embattled relievers a chance to finish the game.

Freshman reliever Quin Konuszewski took over for Gilbertson and pitched a scoreless eighth inning, allowing two hits with three strikeouts.

Redshirt sophomore Brady Devereux earned two strikeouts and a flyout to finish the game.

The win moves the Panthers to 17-11 on the season, and 6-6 in the ACC. They’ll face the Eagles again starting at 2pm on Saturday, April 9, with Logan Evans expected to start.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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