Pitt Baseball Comes up Short Against South Florida, 2-1
The Panthers fell to South Florida, 2-1, on Monday night at USF Baseball Stadium in Tampa, Fla. With the loss, Pitt dropped to 7-6 on the season.
The bats were quiet for both teams, as Pitt righty Holden Phelps and USF lefty Nolan Hudi were nearly flawless. Phelps gave up just three hits and two runs, along with striking out seven batters. Phelps had a 2.77 ERA. Hudi allowed five hits, one run and struck out 10 batters. Which was good for a 4.70 ERA. There was a combined 11 hits in the whole game, six from Pitt and five from USF.
First baseman Noah Martinez got things started for the Panthers with a home run to center field in the top of the first to give Pitt a 1-0 lead. It was Martinez’s sixth dinger of the season. Phelps had 1-2-3 innings in the bottom of the first and second. Pitt had two runners in scoring position in the top of the second but were unable to add to its lead.
Phelps continued to deal, retiring the first 12 batters he faced and striking out six in four innings. The Bulls finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth, thanks to RBI singles by Bobby Boser and John Montes. Quin Konuszewski settled things down and retired the side with a strikeout to end the inning. USF left a stranded runner on base.
Konuszewski gave up two hits to start the bottom of the seventh and was replaced by Matthew Fernandez. With two runners on and no outs, Fernandez worked out of the jam to keep it a one-run game.
The Bulls were left with two runners on base in the bottom of the eighth, setting up a one-run deficit for the Panthers heading into the ninth.
Jack Anderson started off with a leadoff single to center but that’s all the Panthers could muster as USF pulled off a narrow 2-1 win.
The Panthers begin ACC play on Friday against Florida State in Tallahassee. First pitch is at 6 p.m. and the game can be streamed on the ACC Network.