March 29, 2009
PITTSBURGH — For the second straight game, the University of Pittsburgh baseball team registered at least 13 hits and 14 runs, clinching the series in today’s rubber match against the University of Notre Dame, 14-11, here at Trees Field.
Chris Sedon (Plains, Pa.-Lackawanna CC), John Schultz (West Lawn, Pa.-Wilson West Lawn), and Morgan Kielty (Burlington, Ontario-Burlington Central) each had at least three hits and two RBI on the day. Kielty paved the way for the Panthers offense, going 4-for-5 with three RBI, including his first home run of the year, a two-run shot in the fifth. Sedon scored four times and finished 3-for-5 with three RBI and two stolen bases, upping his season total to 15.
Kevin Dooley (Doylestown, Pa.-Central Bucks East) (2-1) picked up his second win of the season, allowing just one hit in one and a third innings of work in relief. Maust was charged with the loss after lasting just four innings, giving up 14 hits and 11 earned runs.
Notre Dame (15-10, 2-4 Big East) entered the ninth down by six, but quickly gained momentum as Casey Martin walked and Greg Sherry doubled to lead off the inning. With two men on and no outs, Cameron McConnell’s fly ball to right field barley made it over the glove of a leaping Matt Litzinger (Pittsburgh, Pa.-Serra Catholic), cutting the deficit in half at 14-11. After walking Ryne Intlekofer, Joe Leonard (Dawson, Pa.-Connellsville) struck out Matt Grosso for the first out of the inning. David Mills singled to put runners on first and second, but A.J. Pollock flew out to right and Matt Scioscia lined out to Danny Lopez (Queens, N.Y.-Monsignoe McClancy) to end the game.
The Irish jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the top of the first with a two-run Pollock homer to center field. Pitt (15-7, 4-2 Big East) knotted the game at 2-2 in the bottom half of the inning with a Kielty double down the left field line that scored Sedon. A Jeremy Barnes error allowed Kielty to cross the plate and tie the game up.
ND regained the lead in the top of the second, again turning to the long ball as Intlekofer sent a Matt Iannazzo pitch over the center-field wall.
Pitt rallied in the third, scoring seven runs on nine hits while sending 12 batters to the plate. Nathan Hood’s (Cleburne, Texas-North Texas Central) first home run of the year broke a 3-3 tie while Sedon, Schultz, Lopez and Cory Brownsten (Lockport, N.Y.-Monroe CC) all notched RBI base hits to keep the inning going. Maust (2-2) was able to get Lopez to groundout with the bases loaded to end the inning and Pitt hit parade.
Notre Dame added two in the fourth and one in the fifth, pulling to within 9-6, but the Panthers responded in the bottom of the fifth, producing four runs on four hits led by Kielty’s three-run bomb.
The Irish continued to chip away at the Panther lead, platting a run in both the sixth and seventh innings. Intlekofer tripled to lead off the sixth and scored on a Mills sacrifice fly to left field while Barnes led the seventh off with a solo shot over the left-center wall, bringing the score to 13-8.
Sedon rounded out the scoring for Pitt with his team-leading eighth home run of the year to right-center. It was the seventh roundtripper between the two teams in the game and 11th of the series.
The Panthers will take a break from Big East Conference action, hosting Akron on Tuesday, March 31 and traveling up the road to Duquesne on Wednesday. First pitch against the Zips is scheduled for a 3 p.m. at Trees Field.