Feb. 20, 2010
PITTSBURGH - Pitt's baseball team improved to 2-0 on the young season with a 7-3 win at Wofford Saturday afternoon, with one game remaining in the three-game series.
Pitt's Danny Lopez (Queens, N.Y./Monsignor McClancy) and Joe Leonard (Dawson, Pa./Connellsville) each hit 3-for-4 on the day with Lopez crossing the plate all three times and Leonard driving in three runs.
Pitt got on the board first when Leonard doubled with two outs in the top of the first. The next batter, Kevan Smith (Cranberry, Pa./Seneca Valley), drove Leonard home on an RBI single to take the 1-0 lead. Wofford responded with a two-run homer in the first to take the 2-1 advantage.
In the third, Lopez led off with a double. John Schultz (West Lawn, Pa./Wilson) reached on an error and advanced to second. A Leonard single drove Lopez home and a passed ball brought Schultz home for the 3-2 Pitt lead.
After no scoring in the fourth, Lopez recorded his second double on the day in the fifth inning and went on to score on a fielder's choice from Leonard. Pitt took the 4-2 lead at the end of the fifth.
Wofford closed the gap in the bottom of the seventh when second baseman Alex Lee scored from third on a bases loaded double play. Entering the eighth inning, the Panthers led 4-3.
Pitt closed it out in the top of the ninth with a three-run inning. Each of the Panthers' three runs scored came off of five straight Pitt hits with two outs. Leonard drove in Lopez on an RBI single and Smith followed that up with an RBI double sending home both Leonard and Schultz. Pitt again held Wofford scoreless in the ninth for the 7-3 victory.
Matt Iannazzo (Norwalk, Conn./Norwalk) picked up the win for the Panthers, pitching 5.1 innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out seven.
Pitt and Wofford will meet for the final time in the three-game series at 1 p.m. on Sunday.