March 30, 2014
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Pitt completed the sweep of No. 23 Georgia Tech Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh with a 4-2 victory over the Yellow Jackets at Charles L. Cost Field in less than ideal baseball weather.
The temperature at first pitch was 33 degrees with a light dusting of snow on Pitt’s turf that fell overnight. Wind was also a factor all weekend, and Sunday’s 25 mph wind that was blowing in from left field dipped the wind chill into the 20s.
Weather affected the entire series in Pittsburgh as Friday’s game time was adjusted due to high winds and Saturday’s game was played at 9:30 a.m. in 40 degree weather to avoid afternoon rain.
Mott Hyde, who had five hits in the series, extended his hitting streak to six games with his eighth-inning single, while Connor Justus tripled and scored for Tech (15-13, 5-7 ACC). Pitt, which swept Duke last weekend, improved to 15-11, 7-5 and won its 18th straight home game dating back to last year.
The Panthers grabbed a 2-0 lead in the third thanks to Dylan Wolsonovich’s two-run single. Daniel Spingola’s RBI single in the fifth cut the deficit in half, but Pitt reclaimed control with runs in the fifth and sixth.
Justus tried to ignite a Tech rally by leading off the seventh with a triple to left and eventually scoring on a passed ball. Tech went quietly after that in the seventh, and the Jackets threatened again in the eighth with two on and one out before an inning-ending double play killed the threat.
Matthew Grimes suffered his first loss of the season (3-1), yielding five hits and three runs over his five innings on the mound.
Pitt starter Matt Wotherspoon earned the win (3-3) by tossing seven innings and allowing two runs and six hits. Luke Curtis pitched the final two scoreless innings to nail down his second save.
The Yellow Jackets are back at Russ Chandler Stadium on Wednesday night versus Georgia State to kick off a 10-game homestand. First pitch versus the Panthers is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN3.