March 16, 2011
PITTSBURGH-The University of Pittsburgh baseball team lost in its first home game of the season and its first contest played in the brand new Petersen Sports Complex. Despite scoring a combined five runs in the seventh and eighth innings to help close the gap, Pitt couldn't defeat the Golden Flashes and fell, 10-7.
Senior outfielder Zach Duggan led the Panthers, going 2-for-3 on the day while driving in two runs and crossing the plate twice himself.
Kent State (8-6) got on the board in the first scoring two runs off two hits. The Golden Flashes added another run in the second and held the Panthers scoreless until the bottom of the third when Kevan Smith, who got on base with a hit ripped up the left side, scored off a Rick Devereaux single down the right line.
Pitt added one more run in the fourth when freshman Derik Wilson tripled to right and scored off a Duggan groundout to shortstop. Kent State added to its lead, posting two runs in the fifth and another in the sixth.
In the top of the seventh, Kent State scored two more runs making the score, 9-2. The Golden Flashes scored the two runs off just three hits and a costly error by Pitt that advanced the runner two bases, later scoring the second run of the inning.
Pitt rallied back in the bottom of the seventh and eighth closing the gap to three. With Duggan on base, first baseman David Chester homered over the right field wall - the first homerun hit at Charles L. Cost Field.
After Kent State added a run in the eighth, Pitt scored three more. Steven Vranka walked and later scored off an Evan Oswald triple to left center. Duggan scored Oswald with a double to right and later scored thanks to a double from Smith.
Pitt held Kent State scoreless in the ninth, but Pitt couldn't steal the victory dropping to 8-5 on the season.
Junior David Kaye took the loss for the Panthers. Pitching his first game since the 2009 season due to injury, Kaye went 1.0 innings allowing two hits and two earned runs.
The Panthers continue play into the weekend at the Petersen Sports Complex Panther Classic. Action begins when Pitt takes on Niagara at noon on Friday.
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