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Panthers Lose Back-and-Forth Rubber Match at No. 13 Virginia Tech

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BLACKSBURG, Va. – Pitt lost a heartbreaker in Saturday’s rubber match at No. 13 Virginia Tech, falling 6-5. 

In a true back-and-forth game that saw five lead changes, the Panthers were unable to come out on top after the Hokies regained the lead for the final time in the bottom of the eighth inning. 

Five different Panthers drove in a run today, four of which doing so on RBI singles. Tyler Bischke went 2-4 with an RBI, notching his team-leading ninth multi-hit game of the season. Jake Kendro would also go 2-4, driving in a run and scoring one too. Jayden Melendez went 1-3 with two walks and scored two of the Panthers five runs today. C.J. Funk, Dom Popa and Luke Cantwell each recorded a hit and drove in a run as well.

Left-hander Ryan Reed gave Pitt a quality start, allowing just three earned runs in his 4.1 innings. Despite earning the loss, Ethan Firoved was phenomenal in relief for the Panthers. Firoved gave up just two runs on four hits in 3.2 innings pitched and escaped a crucial jam in the bottom of the fifth inning. 

Keeton Burroughs and the Panthers turned a pair of nifty double plays in the first two innings however the Hokie would get one in the bottom of the second on an RBI single to left and lead 1-0 after two.

The Panthers answered right back a couple runs of their own in the top of the third inning. Jake Kendro led off the inning with a bunt single down to third. Turner Grau reached safely on the fielder’s choice that also advanced Kendro to second. With runners at first and second with one out, Dom Popa lined an RBI single to…

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