ALTOONA, Pa. -- The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford baseball team competed in its first Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference road contests Tuesday at Penn State-Altoona.
The Panthers (9-9, 2-4 AMCC) split the two games with the Lions, first taking game one 10-1 before falling 10-4 in game two.
"A hard-fought split," Head Coach Zach Foster said. "Bachy threw great game one. And we swung it well. Rehak had a big day. That's what happens when we put it all together. Game two, we made too many errors that hurt us. Eddy battled, but just a lot to overcome. Proud of the way the guys battled."
Andrew Bacha tossed all seven innings on the mound in game one to earn the complete-game victory. The junior scattered four hits and struck out six while surrendering one earned run.
Then in the second game, a two-run homer from Austin Parent highlighted the Panthers' offensive effort.
Kevin Rehak went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored in his first career game as the Panther leadoff hitter in game one. His classmate Jake McNabb added three hits while Matt Hair and Jason Lucarelli knocked in a pair of runs apiece.
The Panthers got the day started right with a three-spot in the first.
Altoona scored its lone run of the ballgame in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly.
It was all Panthers the rest of the way as a Hair sacrifice fly, a two-run double from Lucarelli and a two-run single from Rehak made up a five-run third and extended the lead to 8-1.
Sawyer Packard later scored on a Rehak single in the sixth and Hoops came home on a wild pitch in the seventh to give the Panthers their eventual 10-1 final advantage.
Pitt-Bradford put together a clean game defensively behind Bacha, making zero defensive errors.
In the second game, the Lions took an early lead with a pair of runs in the first.
After a quiet second and third innings, Altoona doubled its lead with a two-run single in the fourth.
The Panthers got on the board in the sixth and got those two runs back as Sawicki sent home Lucarelli and Rehak scored on a wild pitch.
But Altoona would once again increase its lead with two runs in the sixth and then a of two-run single and a two-run homer in the seventh to go up 10-2.
Parent cut into the lead with a two-run shot to right, but that's as close as the Panthers would get and the Lions held on for the 10-4 win.
Logan Edmonds started on the mound for the Panthers and went 5.1 innings, striking out five and surrendering three earned runs.
The Pitt-Bradford defense was marked with five errors while Altoona made three.
Up next, Pitt-Bradford will return home and host D'Youville Saturday for an AMCC doubleheader.