The Pittsburgh Panthers scored six runs in the first inning and three runs in the eighth and beat the Shockers 11-3 on Sunday afternoon at Eck Stadium.
Rhys Aldenhoven earned the win for the Panthers (3-0), pitching 6.1 innings and allowed two runs on four hits while striking out three Shockers batters. Eric Hess led the Panthers offensively, going 2-for-4 with four RBI.
Garrett Bayliff led the Shockers (0-3) offensively, going 2-for-4 with two RBI. Tobin Mateychick was credited with the loss after giving up six earned runs in the first inning.
Drew Palmer came in relief for Mateychick in the first inning and pitched five innings, allowing one run on six hits with three strikeouts before getting relieved in the sixth inning.
Pittsburgh put up six runs in first inning behind a grand slam home run by Eric Hess causing the Shockers to go to the bullpen. The Panthers took advantage of three walks and a hit batsman to take the early lead.
A solo home run by Casey Roche in the top of the second inning increased the Panthers lead to 7-0.
The score remained 7-0 until the top half of the sixth inning when the Panthers capitalized on three Shocker errors that expanded the Panthers lead to 8-0 after six innings.
The Shockers did get on the scoreboard in the bottom seventh inning after a two RBI single from junior Garrett Bayliff that scored Casey Gillaspie and Johnny Coy to cut the deficit to 8-2.
In the eighth inning, the Panthers scored three runs on four hits, including a RBI triple from Sam Parente.
The Shockers scored a lone run in the ninth inning after a throwing error by Pittsburgh that allowed Erik Harbutz to score.
The Shockers will next be in action on the road on Feb. 19 when they travel to Tulsa, Okla. to take on Oral Roberts. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.