March 6, 2010
A ninth-inning rally by the Pitt baseball team fell short Saturday afternoon as the Panthers dropped a 9-6 decision at Coastal Carolina in day two of the Caravelle Resorts Invitational in Conway, S.C.
Coastal Carolina took a commanding 7-0 lead in the first three innings of play, holding Pitt to just two hits. Kevin Dooley (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) suffered the loss for the Panthers on the mound, giving up seven runs in 2.2 innings of work. Sophomore Josh Smith West Lawn, Pa./Wilson West Lawn) finished the game, pitching 5.1 innings, while giving up two runs on three hits.
Both teams were held scoreless in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Pitt cut the deficit to 7-3 in the top of the seventh when Danny Lopez got the scoring started on a two-run single to right center. Lopez (Queens, N.Y./Monsignor McClancy) also scored the third run of the inning on a Sean Toole single.
Coastal Carolina added two runs in the bottom of the seventh to hold on to the 9-3 lead. It would be the final runs for the Chanticleers on the day, however.
Pitt’s rally in the ninth came up short as the Panthers drove in three runs. Lopez and Toole (Edwardsville, Pa./Lackawanna CC) were again instrumental in Pitt’s offense as Lopez reached on a single with one out in the inning. Lopez went on to score from third on a fielding error to bring the score to 9-4. As the next batter to the plate, Toole doubled down the right field line to bring home the final two runs of the game. Two Pitt groundouts ended the game.
Pitt falls to 7-2 on the season, while Coastal Carolina improved to 9-1. The Panthers will conclude the tournament Sunday at 10 a.m. in a re-match with Toledo.