April 1, 2009
PITTSBURGH — The University of Pittsburgh kept to its winning ways, picking up a 6-4 win over cross-town rival Duquesne University here today at Duquesne Field. In the 80th installment in series history, Pitt increased its lead to 58-21-1.
Kevin Dooley notched his third win of the season, scattering six hits over six innings of work for the Panthers. Danny Lopez led Pitt at the plate, going 4-for-5 on the day with three RBI, falling just a triple away from hitting for the cycle.
Lopez’s first home run of the season, a solo shot in the top of the second put Pitt on top 1-0. The Panthers added one more in the second after Matt Litzinger walked, stole second, advancing to third on the throw and scored on a Chris Warner groundout to second.
Joe Leonard’s RBI single in the top half of the third put Pitt on top 3-0. Lopez’s second hit of the day, a single to center drove in John Schultz, who reached earlier in the inning on an error.
Duquesne plated runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, cutting the Panther lead in half at 4-2.
Pitt took advantage of two Dukes errors in the seventh, bringing in two runs to build its lead to 6-2. Schultz scored on a Manley error while Lopez drove in Morgan Kielty with a double to left-center field.
Chris Kimmeth’s two-out pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the eight brought the Dukes to within two once again, but David Kaye was able to get Brian Bernardo to fly out to end the inning. Kaye pitched three innings in relief, yielding just two hits while striking out two. Duquesne threatened again in the bottom of the ninth as Andrew Dobson led the inning off with a walk.
Kaye struck out Derrik Zeroski before Chris Vergos flied out to center. Kevan Smith closed the books on the Dukes, snapping down to first to pick off Dobson for the final out of the game.
Pitt returns to Big East Conference play this weekend, traveling to Tampa, Fla. for a three-game set with South Florida. First pitch for Friday’s contest is scheduled for 7 p.m.