PITTSBURGH, Pa. ? The Georgetown baseball team split a doubleheader Friday at the University of Pittsburgh, falling victim to five last-inning runs in the first game to lose by a score of 6-5, before rebounding to take game two by a score of 2-1.
Back-to-back home runs with two outs in the bottom of the last inning gave Pitt the come-from-behind victory in game one.
Trailing 5-1 entering the seventh inning, Pitt roared back with five runs to capture the victory. The Panthers? Alex Rybczak singled home Peter Parise, and three batters later, Bryan Spamer provided the game-tying, three-run blast over the left-field fence. Jim Negrych followed with a solo shot to left field to give the Panthers their fourth straight victory.
Georgetown jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the third inning as it sent 10 batters to the plate. Michael Lombardi (Brookhaven Hamlet, N.Y./ St. Anthony's) roped a bases-clearing double to give the Hoyas a 3-0 advantage and Jim Supple (Summit, N.J./ St. Peter?s Prep) added a two-run single later in the frame.
Pittsburgh trimmed the lead to 5-1 in the bottom half of the third as David Cline reached on an error and later scored on a passed ball.
Mike Bassage (2-0) picked up the victory in relief of Nick Evangelista. Bassage pitched the final three outs to notch the win. Eduardo Pena (Miami, Fla./ Michael Krop) dropped his season record to 4-4 after being charged with the loss.
Game two presented similar circumstances, as Pitt nearly mounted a comeback, but the Hoyas held off a late rally and managed to hold on for a 2-1 victory.
Georgetown jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after four innings by plating one run in both the third and fourth frames.
Pittsburgh?s lone run of the game was a solo home run by Mike Zambriczki in the eighth inning. The Panthers had two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth, but failed to bring a run across the plate.
Hoya starter Erick Chandler (Somerset, N.J./ Rutgers Prep) kept Pitt in check for most of the day and picked up the win on the mound. Chandler improved to 5-4 on the season after working six innings and striking out seven batters. A week after blowing a save against fourth-ranked Notre Dame, junior Thomas Braun (Kingwood, Texas/ Kingwood) pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his league-leading seventh save. Andrew Kuss (3-3) suffered the loss for Pitt.
Georgetown returns to action on Sunday when it hosts West Virginia in a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for noon at Shirley Povich Field.