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March 28, 2009

Box Score

PITTSBURGH — Seven Panthers had at least one hit while three others finished the day with three hits as the University of Pittsburgh baseball team downed the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 15-7, here today at Trees Field in the second of a three-game set.

Pitt (14-7, 3-2 Big East) racked up 13 hits in the game and forced the Irish to turn to their pen early and often. Corey Baker (New City, N.Y.-Clarkstown South) picked up his team-leading fourth win of the season after going six and two-thirds innings, scattering nine hits while striking out three. Ricky Breymier (Clarks Summit, Pa.-Lackawanna CC) came in relief, pitching two and a third innings, giving up two runs while tallying a game-high four strikeouts.

Joe Leonard (Dawson, Pa.-Connellsville), Nathan Hood (Cleburne, Texas-North Texas Central) and Zach Duggan (Cranberry Township, Pa.-Seneca Valley) each collected three hits with Hood totaling a game-high five RBI.

Leonard’s two-out single started the Pitt rally in the first. Morgan Kielty (Burlington, Ontario-Burlington Central) was hit by a Dustin Ispas pitch and Danny Lopez (Queens, N.Y.-Monsignor McClancy) walked to load the bases. Hood’ single to right scored Leonard and Kielty, putting the Panthers up 2-0 after one. Chris Sedon’s (Plains, Pa.-Lackawanna CC) double down the left-field line in the bottom of the second drove in two, extending Pitt’s lead to 4-1.

Notre Dame (15-8, 2-3 Big East) got to within one with a three-run fourth inning, capitalizing on two Panther errors. An error by Hood allowed Jeremy Barnes to score while David Casey scored on a Baker throwing error. David Mills’ single to right drove in Greg Sherry to round out the scoring for the Irish.

Clinging to a one-run lead, Baker (4-0) received plenty of help from his offense, which produced 10 runs over the next four innings. Hood’s first home run of the year, a three-run shot to left was part of a four-run fourth inning for Pitt.

The Panthers added a pair in the sixth before putting the game out of reach in the seventh. Duggan picked up his third hit of the day with a single through the right side and later scored on a Barnes error. With Sedon on third and John Schultz (West Lawn, Pa.-Wilson West Lawn) on first, Leonard jacked his fourth home run of the year, a towering shot over the left-field wall, bringing the score to 15-5 in favor of the home team.

Matt Scioscia’s pinch-hit home run in the top of the ninth brought the score to 15-7, but Breymier was able to freeze Evan Sharpley on a called third strike to end the game.

Pitt and Notre Dame return to Tree Field tomorrow for the final game of their series. First pitch is scheduled for Noon.

Panthers Offense Explodes in 15-7 Win over Notre Dame

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