Feb. 19, 2010
The Pitt baseball team (1-0) picked up its first win of the season Friday evening in an 18-6 victory over Wofford in the first of a three-game series for the Panthers and Terriers.
The Panthers totaled 25 hits on the day including four doubles and a Joe Leonard grand slam. Leonard (Dawson, Pa./Connellsville) led the team with three runs scored and six runs batted in. Junior transfer Sean Toole (Edwardsville, Pa./Lackawanna CC) had quite a debut in his Pitt uniform as he hit 5-for-6 with a run scored and three RBI on the night.
Pitt jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the first inning with Leonard and Kevan Smith driving in runs. Leonard reached on a fielder’s choice to bring lead-off hitter Danny Lopez home. Smith (Cranberry, Pa./Seneca Valley) had a single to drive in Leonard for the early 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
Wofford took a brief lead in the bottom of the second inning, 3-2. The Panthers responded with an offensive outpouring including seven runs in the top of the third. Four of the runs came off Leonard’s two-out grand slam to take the 9-5 lead.
There was no scoring for either team in the fourth inning and just one run a piece in the fifth, for a 10-6 score. The Wofford run in the fifth would also mark their final scoring of the night.
The Panthers’ weren’t done, however, as they again exploded for a seven-run ninth inning off of six hits. Everyone in the lineup reached base and seven consecutive batters came home for a score.
Starter Corey Baker (New City, N.Y./Clarkstown South) picked up the win for Pitt, pitching 7.0 innings and giving up six runs on seven hits, while striking out nine. Cole Taylor came on in relief, pitching the final two innings, giving up no runs and no hits.
Pitt continues its series at Wofford Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. with the finale coming Sunday at 1 p.m.
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