March 20, 2009
PITTSBURGH — The University of Pittsburgh baseball team opened up Big East Conference play with an 18-4 win over the University of Cincinnati Bearcats here today at Trees Field. Every Panther in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit while eight different Panthers drove in at least one RBI on the day.
Nate Reed (1-1) picked up his first win of 2009, throwing six innings, striking out six while giving up four earned runs and walking three. David Kaye pitched three innings of no-hit ball and struck out two after entering the game in the seventh for Pitt.
Pitt (10-5, 1-0 Big East) set or tied a season-high mark in nearly every offensive category today, led by a season-best 18 runs on 23 hits. Chris Sedon, Frank Mercurio and Cory Brownsten all homered for the Panthers while Joe Leonard went 4-for-5 at the plate, scoring twice and adding two RBI.
The Panthers opened up with two runs in the first inning, starting with a Danny Lopez RBI single to left field. Mercurio notched his first of three hits on the day, driving in Leonard.
Pitt added one in the second and third, pushing its lead to 4-0 before Cincinnati (9-7, 0-1) answered in the top half of the fifth when Chris Peters drove in two with his double down the right field line.
Behind home runs from Mercurio and Brownsten, the Panthers put up a four-spot in both the fifth and sixth innings, jumping out to a 12-4 lead. Cincinnati’s last runs of the game came in the top of the sixth when Cameron Satterwhite and Beach Brooks hit back-to-back home runs over the left-field wall.
After a scoreless seventh from both sides, the Panther offense continued to pour it on, driving in six runs in the eighth to round out the scoring at 18-4. Three straight singles from Zach Duggan, John Schultz and Sedon started the scoring before Leonard collected his fourth hit of the game. Lopez’s second hit drove in two before Brownsten knocked in his third and fourth RBI of the game with a double to left field.
The Panthers and Bearcats pick up action tomorrow at Trees Field in the second of their three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. Michael Hill will take the mound for UC while Corey Baker will get the starting nod for Pitt.
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