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Panthers Offense Explodes in 15-7 Win over Notre Dame

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.