Panthers Drop Home Opening Series to Penn College

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

Pitt-Bradford baseball hosted Penn College Friday in its 2017 home opener at the Kessel Athletic Complex. The Panthers dropped both games to the Wildcats, 8-7 and 6-3.

The Panthers stormed back in the opener after falling behind 7-2 only to lose in extra innings. Pitt-Bradford jumped ahead 2-0 in the second behind Brody Wood's two-run double to left field.

Starter Ryan Boyer retired the first seven Wildcat hitters he faced, but a one-out single in the third opened the floodgates for Penn College. The Wildcats would score seven runs on five hits, aided by a pair of errors, to chase Boyer from the game.

Andrew Bacha came on to retire the final two batters of the frame and would hold Penn College scoreless over the next 4.2 innings, allowing the Panthers to mount a charge.

Tim Brown doubled with two outs in the third, scoring a pair of runs, and Austin Parent's RBI single up the middle capped a two-run fourth, trimming the deficit to 7-6. In the fifth, Jay Clinger doubled with one out, and he tied the game on Brown's base hit.

Both teams squandered chances in the final two innings, pushing the contest to extras. In the top half of the eighth, Clinger chased down the go-ahead run in between third base and home after fielding a groundball at shortstop, yet the Wildcats singled in the winning run from second base in the next at bat.

Pitt-Bradford advanced a runner to third with two outs in the bottom half of the frame, but Brock Blovsky grounded out to end the threat.

Brown had three of the Panthers' nine hits, and Clinger scored twice. Benjamin Hayes was charged with the loss, allowing one run on two hits in a single inning of work. Bacha was sharp in his relief appearance, surrendering only two hits while striking out four and walking one.

Pitt-Bradford also squandered an early lead in game two, as Penn College erupted for four runs in the fourth inning to win 6-3.

A pair of errors in the second inning led to two Panther runs, and Brown's run-scoring bloop single added a third. The Wildcats got a run back in the third, and a trio of doubles in the fourth led to a four-run explosion. Penn College added a run in the sixth, and the game was called before the start of the seventh inning due to darkness.

Pitt-Bradford mustered just three hits and stranded 10 runners on base, including leaving the bases loaded in the final inning. Matthew Hogue took the loss, allowing five runs on eight hits in 3.2 innings.

Pitt-Bradford drops to 4-12 on the season and will travel to Medaille Wednesday for the start of conference play.