You know what that means...the Pirates were victorious today! Who did they defeat? The mighty Lancers of Manatee Community College, that's who. Now, before I actually get into what happened on the field, let's try and figure out what the heck a Lancer is. Wikipedia : "A lancer ( uhlan) was a cavalry soldier who fought with a lance :" Ok, so what's a lance? "A lance in the original sense is a light throwing spear, or javelin." Great. Im still wondering why they aren't just called the Manatees, but whatever. The Bucs won their annual spring scrimmage with the Lancers, 5-0, with Cuban defector Yoslan Herrera starting and getting the win. The Bucs only allowed 3 hits, but nobody who pitched is likely to make the Opening Day roster. At the plate, Doug Mientkiewicz (2RBI) and Steve Pearce both went 2 for 3. Obviously, no pitchers gave up any runs, including 1st-round-pick Dan Moskos, who retired the side in order but didn't record a K. The Bucs face the Phillies in the real spring opener tomorrow, with Tom Gorzelanny facing Kyle Kendrick ( who thought he was headed to Japan a few weeks ago..).
Sadly, Myron Cope died today. RIP to a Pittsburgh legend who was a great announcer to listen to and an even better guy.
Pitt-Cincy tonight. Pitt REALLY has to win this one. Pitt is at home, facing team they already lost to, probably a team they are better than, and most importantly, Pitt needs to end a 3 game skid. Game is on at 7:30, FSN. Here's a letter of desperation from Jamie Dixon, asking for a good Zoo crowd tonight. He calls tonight the most important game of the season so far. As I said, the Panthers really need this one. Pitt is also encouraging fans to bring Terrible Towels to tonight's game in honor of Cope's death.
Pitt women got a nice OT win at home over #13 WVU last night. It also seems like that win locks up an NCAA berth for the Lady Panthers.