University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

vs. Clarion University - 04/06/05

Mountain Cats Split With Clarion
in 2005 Home Opener
     After dropping the first game of the 2005 home opener to Clarion University, 6-2, on Wednesday, Head Coach Todd Williams' Mountain Cat baseball team rallied from a 5-1 deficit with three-runs in the third inning and five runs in the fifth inning to take the lead, before going one to win game two, 10-8. Pitt Johnstown is now 17-9 on the season.
     In game one, sophomore outfielder Adam Plummer (Bellwood, Pa.) had two hits, including a double and sophomore catcher Paul Pentz (Johnstown, Pa.) and senior third baseman Anthony Yarkowski (Homer City, Pa.) each had RBI singles for the Mountain Cats. Junior right hander Matt Hayes (Windber, Pa.) surrendered six runs on 10 hits and suffered the loss. Hayes, who fell to 2-1 on the year, also struck out eight Clarion hitters.
     In game two, the five-run fourth inning ralley was highlighted by junior first baseman Casey Long (Johnstown, Pa.) and freshman shortstop Chris Turka's (Natrona Heights, Pa.) solo homeruns. Sophomore second baseman Cody Gallaher (Sidman, Pa.) finished with two hits, two RBI and two runs scored and Pentz added a pair of hits and an RBI. Plummer drove in two runs and Turka scored two runs to help lead the Mountain Cat comeback. Senior left hander Ryan Harner (Dauphin, Pa.) gave up seven runs on 12 hits in 4.1 innings pitched, but earned the win and improved to 4-1. Junior right hander Brian Chruscial (Irwin, Pa.) struck out four in 2.2 innings of relief to pick-up his third save of the season. With the split, Clarion is now 12-9-1.
     Pitt Johnstown will host West Virginia Wesleyan College on Thursday at 1:00 p.m., before traveling to West Virginia Wesleyan for a doubleheader on Friday. The Mountain Cats are also scheduled to host Columbia Union (MD) College on Sunday at noon.
Last Reviewed: April 6, 2005