Feb. 21, 2010
In 10 innings, the Pitt baseball team (2-1) suffered its first loss of the season, 9-8, at Wofford Sunday afternoon.
For the third consecutive game, Pitt jumped on the board first with a two-run first inning. The first run scored came off a throwing error forced by a Danny Lopez (Queens, N.Y./Monsignor McClancy) stolen base in which Lopez continued around the bases for the score. John Schultz reached base after being hit by a pitch and eventually scored an unearned run off an RBI double by Kevan Smith (Cranberry, Pa./Seneca Valley).
The Terriers were held off until the bottom of the second when they scored a single run and pulled to a 2-1 deficit. James Foster was hit by a Nate Hood pitch and went on to score off a single up the middle.
After a scoreless third inning, Wofford tied the game up 2-2 with a sacrifice fly RBI in the bottom of the fourth. Both teams were held off the board in the fifth and sixth innings.
An offensive output in the seventh for both teams put the Terriers in control for the first time in the game. The Panthers scored four runs off of three hits including a two-run double from Joe Leonard (Dawson, Pa./Connellsville) to left center. Wofford responded with a six-run effort in the bottom of the seventh to take the 8-6 lead.
The Panthers fought back in the top of the eighth with a Philip Konieczny (Phoenix, Ariz./Mt. Pointe) double to center field. Zach Duggan (Cranberry, Pa./Seneca Valley) homered to left center with two outs, to drive home two runs to tie the game at 8-8.
There were no hits for either team in the ninth inning and the Panthers left just one base runner.
In the top of the 10th, with one out, Konieczny singled up the middle. Corey Brownsten (Lockport, N.Y./Monroe CC) followed that up with a single to right, sending Konieczny to second. Pitt hit into a double play to end the Panthers’ charge.
For Wofford in the bottom of the 10th, with one out, the Terriers put together three consecutive hits which included an RBI single to drive home the winning run for the 9-8 Wofford victory.
Jeff Kelly (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) suffered the loss for the Panthers, pitching the final 2.1 innings. Kelly gave up one run on three hits, striking out two batters.
Pitt will hit the road again Feb. 26-28 for the Armed Services Classic in Memphis, Tenn., where it will take on Bradley, Memphis and Toledo respectively.
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