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Pitt Baseball Loses Big As Hurricanes Swamp Panthers, 17-2

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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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Krackerjack Kid
Krackerjack Kid
1 month ago

Pitt has essentially TWO starters. Bell needs to keep building his team and getting some arms.

That was bad.

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