March 10, 2009
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The University of Pittsburgh baseball team extended its winning streak to four games with a 6-0 shutout over SIU-Edwardsville here today at the Papa John's Classic. David Kaye picked up the complete game win for the Panthers.
Kaye (1-2) rebounded from dropping two games at the Service Academies Spring Classic in the opening weekend of the season, throwing a complete-game, two-hitter, while striking out seven to pick up his first win of the 2009 season.
The Panthers (5-3) scored at least one run in four straight innings to build a comfortable lead to Kaye on the mound.
Chris Warner doubled to lead off the second and later scored on a throwing error by Mike Hurt, giving Pitt the early 1-0 lead. In the third, Chris Sedon reached on a fielder's choice and was driven in by Joe Leonard two batters later to double the margin.
Chris Tonte's double off Scott Spinelle in the bottom of the fourth brought in Danny Lopez, who had walked to start the inning for Pitt.
Sedon singled to start the Panther fifth, keeping his eight-game hitting streak alive. The junior second baseman has recorded at least two hits in six of eight games played this year in the leadoff spot for Pitt. Leonard came through in the clutch again with runners in scoring position with his second base hit of the day, driving Sedon in from third. Warner's sacrifice bunt advanced Leonard and Schultz before Lopez's single drove both in, rounding out the scoring for Pitt.
With a 6-0 lead, Kaye took over, allowing just two Cougars to reach base over the final four innings.
Pitt continues its play in the Sunshine State, heading south to Miami for a single game against the No. 8 Hurricanes. First pitch at Alex Rodriguez Stadium on Wednesday, March 11 is set for 6 p.m.