The Pitt baseball team snapped a six-game losing streak on Saturday by edging Miami 11-10 at Charles L. Cost Field. In the back-and-forth affair, the Panthers built up a 6-2 lead before the Hurricanes stormed back to take a 9-7 advantage. However, Pitt then fought back and scored four more runs, which proved to be enough for the victory.
Dan Hammer got the start for Pitt, and although he logged four strikeouts in 5.1 innings, it wasn’t one of his better outings, as he also gave up nine hits, three walks and six earned runs. He was relieved by Brady Devereux, who fared only slightly better, giving up two runs in two innings. Christian Camacho then entered the game in the top of the eighth with Pitt up 11-9, and although he gave up four hits, he was able to limit the damage to one run and earned his first save of the season.
The Panthers were more impressive on offense, however, and Ron Washington Jr. stood out among the rest of the lineup, as he led the team with six runs batted in on three doubles. Connor Perry also had a good showing, as he went 2-for-2 at the plate and hit a home run in the bottom of the first. He followed that up with a single and then drew three walks
”This win does a lot for our confidence,” Pitt head coach Mike Bell said. “When you’re building a culture and building a program, I’ve told them from the beginning, our objective is to win a series. Even after a Friday night loss, we still have our objective in front of us. We don’t put our heads down, we’re not going to feel sorry for ourselves. We know we have to earn it. They went out and earned a victory today. They still have their objective, and that is to win a series tomorrow.”
With the win, the Panthers improved to 8-17 on the season and 2-9 in conference. It was also their second victory at home in eight attempts. On Sunday, Pitt will look to add to its win total when it hosts Miami for the final installment of a three-game homestand at 1 p.m. ET.