Common anything but in sweep

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Chris Common had seven RBIs in the first game, where he hit for the cycle.
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GREENSBURG- Sophomore Chris Common hit for the cycle in the first game of the doubleheader to lead the Pitt-Greensburg baseball team to a sweep of Chatham, Monday afternoon at Bobcat Park.

Pitt-Greensburg took the opening game 11-4 and picked up an 8-6 win in the nightcap to complete the sweep.

Game 1- Chatham 4, Pitt-Greensburg 11

Common completed the milestone with hits in his first four at-bats. The sophomore outfielder tripled in his first at bat, singled home a run in his second AB, smacked a grand slam in the bottom of the fourth, and completed the accomplishment with a double to right field in the bottom of the sixth.

In total, Common was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with two runs and seven RBI, which is tied the second in school history for the most RBI in a single game. The Pitt-Greensburg record for most RBI in a single game is eight, which was set by Bryan Colish against Pitt-Bradford on April 3, 2010.

Zack Zimmerman, Ryan Dodson, and Jake Bulick also helped aid the Bobcats in the victory with multi-hit games. Zimmerman reached base in two of his three plate appearances, while Dodson went 2-for-3 with two RBI and three runs out of the number three batting slot. Bulick added to the win with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate with an RBI and a run.
Matt Mish went the distance on the mound for the Bobcats scattering nine hits over seven innings to earn his third win of the season.

Pitt-Greensburg jumped out to the lead in its first at-bats of the afternoon, all of which came with two outs. Dodson drew a walk and Tyler Holland followed with a single up the middle. Common then came up with runners on first and second, which he drilled a triple driving in both runners to put the Bobcats ahead 2-0 after the first inning.

Common drove in his second run of the game in the third with a knock to left center to extend the Pitt-Greensburg lead to 3-0.

The game remained in the balance until the fourth inning when the Bobcats exploded for seven runs. Anthony Pacelli drew a walk to begin the fourth, which was followed by a single by Bulick. Pacelli advanced to third on the single and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Vinnie Shoff for the first run of the inning. Bulick stole second, while Zimmerman and Kiester reached base. Dodson hit a hard single up the middle, scoring Zimmerman, and Bulick.

Holland was hit by a pitch, and Chatham went to the bullpen and brought in Bryan Crawford to face Common with the bases loaded. Crawford threw a strike with his first pitch, followed by a ball, and on the third pitch of the at-bat, Common hit a long fly ball which cleared the left centerfield fence for a grand slam.

Chatham and Pitt-Greensburg both added a run in the sixth and the Cougars got two back in the seventh on a two-run bomb, but the Bobcats would go on for the 11-4 victory.

Game 2- Chatham 6, Pitt-Greensburg 8

Brandon Hoener earned his third win of the year for Pitt-Greensburg as he tossed the first six innings and in the seventh, Mike Parlak was called on to pitch the seventh. Parlak struck out three of the five batters he faced to earn his first save of the season.

Dodson led the way for the Bobcats going 3-for-4 at the dish with a run and three RBI. Zimmerman and Mike Spadafore each crossed the plate on two different occasions to aid the Bobcats in the win.

Chatham struck for three runs on five hits in first, but the Bobcats came right back and put up a four-spot in the bottom of the inning. Dodson and Parlak each drove in runs as they hit back-to-back doubles and Common followed with an RBI single to complete the four-run first.

The Cougars plated a run in the second, but Pitt-Greensburg was at it again in the bottom of the inning and answered with two runs of its own.
Chatham continued to chip away at the lead and would tie the game at sixth but in the bottom of the sixth inning, Spadafore came through with a two-RBI single to send the Bobcats to the 8-6 win.

Pitt-Greensburg returns to action Tuesday, when they play host to St. Vincent for a single nine-inning contest, slated for a 2:00 p.m. start.