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Pitt baseball team wins two of three in solid weekend performances

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Pitt's baseball team continued its hot start, taking two out of three games this past weekend at the USC Upstate Tournament.

The Panthers' offense was on display in the first game against Butler in a 15-7 win. Pitt got three home runs - one each from Casey Roche, Boo Vazquez, and Stephen Vranka in the rout. And while pitcher Matt Wotherspoon didn't have a great outing (four earned runs in five innings), he got enough offense to win his second game of the year in as many starts.

On Saturday, the offense scored only five runs against USC Upstate and needed a better effort on the mound. They got it from starter Rhys Aldenhoven, who gave up only two runs through six innings. Hobie Harris came on in relief and the Panthers got three shutout innings from him to give Aldenhoven his first victory.

Unfortunately, Pitt's luck ran out on Sunday as they were throttled 9-2 by Fordham. The Panthers got only four hits and committed six errors. Starter T.J. Zeuch again didn't last very long, giving up four hits and five runs (only one earned) in two innings.

A weekend sweep would have been nice but the team is off to a 4-2 start on the year and it's hard to complain too much at this point. The Panthers have dropped two games you really wish they hadn't but without a dominant third starter as they had last year, they're going to have games like they did on Sunday.

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