March 10, 2009
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Powered by a Cory Brownsten grand slam in the third inning, the University of Pittsburgh baseball team picked up its largest win of the season, defeating St. Joseph’s 17-5 at the Papa John’s Classic in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Brownsten finished 2-for-5 on the day with four RBI. Danny Lopez led all Panthers (4-3) from the plate, totaling five hits and six RBI, both game-high’s.
Matt Iannazzo picked up the win for the Panthers after going seven innings, giving up 13 hits and five earned runs. Iannazzo (2-1) tallied a career-high eight strikeouts in the decision.
The Panther offense exploded in the bottom of the third inning, scoring nine runs on eight hits, nearly batting around the order twice. Lopez’s second extra-base hit of the day started the scoring, driving in Joe Leonard and John Schultz. A Kevan Smith single and Matt Litzinger walk later, Brownsten made it 10-1 with one swing of the bat. Pitt tacked on two more runs before the end of the inning to bring the score to 12-1 through three innings.
Lopez’s sacrifice fly in the fifth was followed by a four-run sixth stared by Brownsten’s double to lead off the inning. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases for Leonard, whose base-hit drove in Chris Sedon and Brownsten. RBI singles from Lopez and Smith rounded out the scoring for the Panthers, ahead then by a 17-4 margin.
St. Joseph’s added one in the seventh, but it was too late as Pitt held on for the remaining six outs to secure its third straight win.
The Panthers will be in action again Tuesday, March 10, as they take on SIU-Edwardsville at 2 p.m.