March 24, 2009
AKRON, Ohio — After having its six-game winning streak snapped on Sunday, the University of Pittsburgh baseball team got back on the winning track, sliding past the University of Akron for the second time this season, 14-13 at Lee Jackson Field in Akron, Ohio.
Chris Tonte’s third hit of the day, a single to center field, scored the go ahead run in the top of the ninth for the Panthers after Zach Duggan drove in Nathan Hood to tie the game at 13-13. Joe Leonard became the eighth different pitcher to pick up a win this season, throwing two innings of no-hit ball while striking out one Zip batter.
Chris Sedon racked up six RBI for the Panthers, going 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of home runs, scoring three times while walking once. The Panther lead-off man also stole his team-leading 12th base of the season on the day.
Akron (5-18, 1-2 Mid-American Conference) jumped out to a 6-0 after the first inning, capitalizing off two Pitt errors and registering five hits, all of which were singles.
Pitt (12-6, 2-1 Big East) bounced back, cutting the UA lead to one at 6-5, thanks in part to Sedon’s team-leading sixth home run of the year, a grand slam over the right-field wall. Sedon would also add his to his home run total in the eighth, with a two run shot to right field.
The Panthers and Zips traded runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. Sedon walked and stole second before being driven in by Leonard in the fifth. Manoli Pahoulis singled in Tonte who was hit by a pitch earlier in the inning.
Pahoulis’ second RBI single of the day scored Tonte while Kevan Smith scored on a wild pitch before Sedon’s second homer of the day, bringing the score to 12-9 in favor of Pitt after the top half of the eighth.
The Zips fought back, also putting up a four-spot in the eighth to regain the lead at 13-12. Brian Kordal’s three-run shot was followed by Nick Solitario’s sacrifice fly that allowed Ryan Frazee to score from third.
The Panthers return home tomorrow, March 25, for a single non-conference game against Youngstown State, with first pitch scheduled for a 3 p.m. at Trees Field.