Timely Hitting Dooms Panthers Against Saint John's

Photo credit to Erika Helo.
Photo credit to Erika Helo.

The Pitt-Bradford baseball team dropped a doubleheader to Saint John's (Minn.) Monday at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic in Fort Myers, Florida. The Panthers lost by scores of 5-0 and 4-1.

It was a stark contrast from the Blue and Gold's last time out, in which they surrendered a whopping 36 runs in a doubleheader loss to Baldwin Wallace.

Saint John's Jake Dickmeyer stymied the Panthers in game one, tossing five shutout innings. A pair of relievers combined to throw two scoreless innings in relief but not without allowing Pitt-Bradford opportunities to close the gap.

With one out in the sixth, Jay Clinger and Tim Brown walked in consecutive at bats, but Tyler Hoops hit into an inning-ending double-play. Keagan Goodliff walked to lead off the bottom of the seven, yet was caught stealing moments later. After Brody Wood forced a walk, Brock Blovsky grounded into a 4-6-3 twin-killing to end the game.

Ryan Northcott took the loss, allowing five runs, three earned, on nine hits in six innings. He walked four and struck out three.

Saint John's jumped ahead in game two with a RBI base hit in the fourth inning, and the Johnnies capitalized on a Panther error and wild pitch later in the frame to add three more runs.

Pitt-Bradford loaded the bases in the top half of the fifth with two outs, and Dalton Renn delivered with a run-scoring single to trim the deficit to 4-1. Brown grounded out to first on the game's next play to end the threat.

The Panthers stranded two more bases runners in the sixth, and following Blovsky's lead-off walk in the seventh, the next three Pitt-Bradford batters struck out to squash any chance of a comeback.

It was part of a reoccurring theme for the day, as Pitt-Bradford managed to go 2-23 with runners in scoring position against the Johnnies.

Justin Beimel allowed four runs on five hits in a complete-game effort. He walked four and struck out four.

Pitt-Bradford drops to 1-4 on the season and will play John Carroll in a nine-inning contest Tuesday.