Coral Gables, Fla.–The Pittsburgh Panthers lost in blowout fashion to No. 4 Miami, 17-2, on Saturday, April 23. The game marks their first series loss to an ACC opponent in over one month.
The Panthers managed just four hits on a night where the Hurricanes managed 15. Miami chased Pitt starter Logan Evans from the game early, and victimized the Panthers bullpen over the final five innings. Hurricanes freshman Karson Ligon, for his part, struck out eight batters across eight innings.
Ron Washington Jr. slugged his tenth home run of 2022 in the first inning as Pitt took a 1-0 lead.
.@RWashingtonJr1 cueing John Wick "Yeah, I'm thinking I'm back!"
— Pitt Baseball (@Pitt_BASE) April 23, 2022
In the bottom of the first, the Hurricanes strung consecutive base hits that scored on an error by second baseman Tommy Tavarez. Sophomore center fielder Jacob Burke made it 4-1 two pitches later on a home run to left center.
Bayou Burke ➡️ Biscayne Burke
— Canes Baseball (@CanesBaseball) April 23, 2022
The Hurricanes scored one run apiece in the third, fifth, and sixth innings, but it was a six-run fourth that really blew the game open.
Miami put two runners in scoring position with one out in the fourth, and the Panthers issued an intentional walk for a chance at a double play ball. Reliever Quin Konuszewski hit a batter with the next pitch, and walked in another run. Dylan Lester replaced him, and gave up a pair of two-RBI hits, a single and double as the Hurricanes took an 11-1 lead.
Three runs scored in the seventh by way of an RBI double, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly—two of them unearned after an error by shortstop Brock Franks.
First-year Hurricanes first baseman Renzo Gonzalez hit a home run in the eighth to make it 17-1, the first of his career.
That ball is GONZO!
— Canes Baseball (@CanesBaseball) April 24, 2022
Cameron Barto hit an RBI double in the top of the ninth, but the comeback attempt fell well short, 17-2.
The Panthers are now 21-16 on the season, and 9-10 in the ACC. They’ll play to avoid the sweep at 1pm on Sunday, April 24, with Billy Corcoran on the mound.