Bradford, Pa. -- The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford split a pair of high-scoring games against Pitt-Greensburg on their Senior Day games Saturday afternoon. They won the first 12-8 and lost a late lead in the nightcap as they fell 13-9 in 10 innings in game two.
Before the action, the program took a few moments to recognize 7 senior players who are finishing their final season with the team. Noah Meyers, Reid Tarnowski, Jake McNabb, Ben Mulhall, Alex Fetter, Tyler Aires, and Alex Miles were all honored for contributions to the program as they were joined by their families on the field.
The Panthers fell behind the Bobcats early in game one, but a 6-run third inning gave them the lead for good. They were able to hold off a late rally to win the game 12-8.
- Alex Fetter started the game for the Panthers coming off of a complete-game shutout in the Panthers' win over LaRoche last weekend. He was able to wriggle out of a two-out jam in the first but was unable to repeat the feat in the 2nd as the Bobcats scored with a two-out single.
- The Panthers were able to come right back and tie the game in the bottom half of the inning. Justin Dattoli drew a leadoff walk and moved to third as Noah Meyers doubled to the gap in left-center. Tyler Aires was able to bring in the run with a sacrifice fly.
- Fetter ran into trouble again in the 3rd, as Pitt-Greensburg was able to score three runs before Fetter could record an out in the inning. They used 4 hits, 2 Panther errors, and a wild pitch to score the runs. Fetter was able to limit the damage, as he retired three in a row to leave the bases loaded.
- The Bobcat lead did not last long, as the Panthers exploded for 6 runs in the bottom half. Nico Hall started the rally with a one-out single through the right side of the infield and quickly stole second. Evan Fragela Brought him around with a double down the left-field line and was quickly replaced as Jake McNabb doubled to center field to tie the game at three.
- After Dattoli was hit by a pitch, Meyers singled to center to put the Panthers ahead then scored a batter later as Tyler Aires hit a two-run triple to right-center. The final run of the inning scored as Kevin Rehak it a sacrifice fly to center.
- Fetter allowed a leadoff double in the fourth but stranded the runner at third to post the shutdown inning and keep the momentum with the Panthers. He was rewarded in the Panther half of the frame, as Tyler Aires tacked on another run with an RBI single.
- The Pitt-Bradford lead was narrowed in the 5th as the Bobcats scored 3 runs to cut the lead to one. Trent Bielak replaced Fetter to start the inning and got off to a quick start, as he erased a runner who reached on an error by inducing a 6-4-3 double play. He ran into trouble after the twin killer as a leadoff walk led to three straight singles and a fielding error to score all three runs. He walked a second batter to load the bases and was lifted for Shawn Mannering. Mannering was able to get the final out of the inning on a fly ball to right to preserve the Panther lead.
- The Panthers took advantage of two Pitt-Greensburg errors in the 5th to increase their lead to three. Nico Hall reached on an error and quickly took second on a wild pitch. After a popup, Hall stole third and was able to scamper home as an errant throw went up the third-base line allowing him to score. Jake McNabb restarted the rally with a two-out single to center and then scored as Dattoli doubled to left.
- Mannering recorded the first 1-2-3 inning of the game in the 6th, which led to the offense tacking on two more runs in the inning. David Gebhard drew a one-out walk, which was followed by back-to-back singles through the infield to load the bases. Hall dropped a single into left to score the first run and a wild pitch allowed the second to score, putting the Panthers up 12-7.
- Mannering was not as efficient in the 7th inning but was able to limit the Bobcats to one run on one hit, 1 error, and a walk, bringing the game to a close.
Alex Fetter (2-4) picked up his second straight win. He pitched 4.0 innings, allowing 4 runs, 3 earned, on 9 hits, and 2 walks. He struck out 5. Shawn Mannering picked up his third save of the season after getting out of the Jam in the 5th and finishing the final two innings. He was tagged with one unearned run on one hit and one walk.
Offensively, the Panthers pounded out 15 hits, with six of them going for extra bases. Jake McNabb led the way with 3 of them, as he also scored 3 runs and drove in one. Tyler Aires finished 2 for 3 and drove in a team-high 4 runs. Nico Hall finished 2 for 5 with 2 runs scored, 1 RBI, and 2 stolen bases. Kevin Rehak, Justin Dattoli, and Noah Meyers also had multi-hit games.
After erasing two previous deficits, the Panthers were unable to hold onto a late lead in game two, ultimately falling 13-9 to the Bobcats in extra innings.
- The Panthers got off to a rough start as starting pitcher Kyler Majka allowed two runs in the opening frame. The Bobcats used two singles and a walk to load the bases before Majka could record an out. Despite the tough start, he was able to limit the damage somewhat, as both runs scored on sacrifice flies, and he was able to end the inning with a grounder to short.
- The Panthers came right back in the bottom half of the inning, evening the score with 2 runs on 3 hits. Kevin Rehak led off the game with a double to right and was able to score a batter later on an Evan Fragela singe up the middle. Fragela moved to third on a Jake McNabb single and then scored the tying run on a wild pitch.
- Majka limited the Bobcats to a walk and an error over the next two innings and then saw his offense take the lead with two runs in the 3rd. Hall started the rally with a single to right-center and was able to quickly move to third on two wild pitches. Fragela followed with a walk and then stole second base with the throw getting away from the infielder, allowing Hall to scamper home and score the run. Fragela was able to score after a McNabb walk when Justin Dattoli grounded into a 5-4-3 double play.
- After Pitt-Greensburg cut into the lead with two doubles in the 4th, the Panthers threatened to score again as they loaded the bases with a Rehak single and a pair of two-out walks, but were unable to score as Meyers was retired on a fly ball to center.
- Following another Majka zero, the Panthers were able to restore the two-run lead with a run in the 5th. Aires led off with a single through the left side and then moved to third on a Gebhard double down the line. He scored a batter later on a sacrifice fly to center.
- The sixth inning came and went with little action, but the Bobcats were able to take the lead in the 7th, chasing Majka with three runs in the inning. Majka walked the leadoff batter and then allowed a single to start the rally. The first run scored on a throwing error at short, leading to Majka being replaced by Ben Mulhall. Mulhall was able to get back-to-back popups in the infield, but could not hold off the Bobcats, who hit a two-out, two-run double to right-center.
- Pitt-Bradford once against truck back immediately, scoring 4 runs of their own to retake the lead. Noah Meyers led off with a double to right-center and Tyler Aires followed the double with a walk. Following a popped-up bunt attempt, Maxwell Rogers drilled a double off the wall in center to bring Meyers and Aires around to score and put the Panthers back in front.
- After a walk, infield fly, and a pitching change, Fragela and McNabb hit back-to-back singles to score two more runs.
- Mulhall worked around a two-out double in the 8th and looked poised to close out the game after he retired the first two batters of the 9th on a grounder and a pop-up. Following a walk, Mulhall was able to induce a fly ball to the outfield to the next batter, however, it was dropped, extending the inning and the game. The error would come back to hurt the Panthers as two singles around a throwing error led to the Bobcats knotting the game at 9.
- The Panthers put together a rally of their own in the bottom of the 9th. After two outs to start the inning, Hall was hit by a pitch, and then took second on a wild pitch. With a base open, Fragela was intentionally walked before McNabb was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Justin Dattoli was able to put the ball in play, looking to bring in the game-winner, but his fly ballot center was caught to send the game to extras.
- In the 10th, Pitt-Greensburg used their momentum to score 4 more runs and take a commanding lead. A leadoff single was followed by a throwing error and an intentional walk to load the bases before a double brought in two runs. Austin Kitcey replaced Mulhall after the double with runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs. The third run of the game scored on a sacrifice fly, and after a grounder back to the mound, a wild pitch allowed the 4th to score.
- The Panthers were able to put two runners on in the 10th with a hit batter and a single up the middle but hit into a double play to end the game.
Ben Mulhall (0-2) got the tough loss after allowing 7 runs, 1 earned, in 3+ innings of work. He struck out 1. Starter Kyler Majka receives a no-decision after allowing 6 runs, 4 earned on 6 hits in 6+ innings pitched. Austin Kitcey got the final three outs, only allowing two inherited runners to score.
The split leaves the Panthers with an 11-19 overall record, with a 4-8 record in AMCC play. They currently sit in 6th place. They will be right back in action tomorrow, as they will host Mount Aloysius in a previously postponed game. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at the Kessel Athletic Complex.