March 8, 2009
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Chris Sedon tallied four hits and Matt Litzinger scored three runs as the University of Pittsburgh baseball team won its second straight game at the Papa John’s Classic in West Palm Beach, Fla., with an 8-5 victory over Akron. Pitt made it two in a row after beating St. Bonaventure, 12-8 in 11 innings yesterday.
Sedon enjoyed a career day at the plate for the Panthers (3-3), finishing 4-for-5 with a game-high four RBI and two runs scored. Corey Baker earned the win after throwing seven innings, striking out six and giving up three runs on three hits.
Litzinger doubled to center and was driven in by Cory Brownsten’s single to right field to give the Panthers the early 1-0 lead through two innings.
Akron (2-11) answered in the top of the third, as Brian Kordal tripled to right center to lead off the inning and scored a batter later, knotting the game to 1-1.
Pitt broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth, scoring four runs on three hits. The Zips were able to get the first two outs of the inning, but a throwing error by Phil Bednar jump started the Panther offense. Litzinger stole second and Brownsten walked to put runners at first and second. Manoli Paholis’ RBI double was followed by Sedon’s bases clearing triple, giving the Panthers the 4-1 edge. John Schultz singled to drive in Sedon, ending the rally for Pitt at 5-1.
The Panthers added three in the sixth to go up 8-1. Sedon singled to center, driving in Litzinger and Brownsten and signaling the end of the day for Akron’s Frank Turocy (0-3). Sedon later scored on a Kevin Haas error after stealing second and advancing to third on a Schultz sacrifice bunt.
The Zips offense showed signs of life in the seventh, eighth and ninth, scoring four runs, but Joe Leonard was brought in for relief with an out in the ninth, getting Matt Roberts and Jake Plata to fly out, ending the game at 8-5.
Pitt will be in action next against St. Joesph’s on Monday, March 9, at Noon.
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