March 15, 2009
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The University of Pittsburgh baseball team went 2-0 in its doubleheader here today at the Papa John’s Classic, defeating Long Island University 12-2 and North Dakota State University 3-2.
Corey Baker (3-0) picked up his third win of the season, throwing six and a third innings, striking out five while allowing just two earned runs in game one while Ryan Dunford (1-0) nabbed his first win of the year, working one inning of relief, retiring all three batters faced against North Dakota State.
Game one featured a pitchers dual, with Pitt (7-5) clinging to a 2-1 lead heading into the seventh inning. The Panthers put up four runs in the seventh and six more in the eighth to run away with the 12-2 win. Chris Sedon, John Schultz, Cory Brownsten and Zach Duggan each recorded two hits and at least one RBI for Pitt on the day while Joe Leonard drove in a game-high three RBI, pushing his total to a team-high 14 on the year.
Against the Bison, Pitt improved to 2-1 when needing extra innings to settle a game. Danny Lopez’s game-winning double drove in Nathan Hood, who had doubled down the right-field line to lead off the inning.
Leonard’s third home run of the year, a solo shot in the bottom of the fourth inning gave Pitt a 1-0 lead. An inning late, Leonard picked up his second RBI of the day, driving in Sedon who had doubled earlier in the inning, bringing the score to 2-0 in favor of the Panthers.
NDSU tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the eighth. Anthony Fontana walked and scored on a Kenny Beese double to cut the lead in half. A Max Casper sacrifice bunt moved Beese over to third before Tim Jallen singled him in to knot the game.
The Bison failed to produce a base runner in the 11th as Dunford went three up, three down in his only inning of work.
The Panthers wrap up action at the Papa John’s Classic tomorrow afternoon when they take on the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.