April 2, 2010
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The University of Pittsburgh baseball dropped its second straight game to Rutgers University, 6-1, here today at Bainton Field.
"Rutgers played very well in games one and two," said head coach Joe Jordano. "They have made critical plays and have come up with some timely hitting. I felt we did not respond well to a very emtional loss on Thursday, so we need to regroup and play clean baseball on Saturday. It's a long season and we are going to have to respond to some adversity; we will be prepared to play hard tomorrow."
Matt Iannazzo was charged with his first loss of the season after throwing six and one-third innings, giving up six hits and five runs, three of which were earned. John Schultz was the lone Panther to record two hits on the day.
Pitt (18-6, 3-2 Big East) got on the board in the second when Kevan Smith doubled to lead off the inning and later scored on a throwing error by Scarlet Knight third baseman Russ Hopkins.
Iannazzo flashed some glove in the fourth, getting himself out of a jam by snagging a Jayson Hernandez line drive to end the inning, leaving Rutgers (14-10, 5-0 Big East) base runners on the corners.
Rutgers evened the score in the bottom of the fifth at 1-1 off a Dan Betterridge sacrifice fly to deep center field, scoring Jarred Jimenez from second base. Jimenez had singled to left center to start the inning and advanced to second on a Hopkins sacrifice bunt one batter later.
Nyisztor’s two-out double off the left-field wall started the Rutgers rally in the bottom of the sixth. After advancing to third on a wild pitch, Nyisztor scored on a throwing error by Iannazzo. Hernandez doubled down the left-field line one batter later, scoring Jaren Matthews from first to give the Scarlet Knights the 3-1 lead. RU then loaded the bases following a Jimenez walk and a single from Hopkins before Betteridge flied out to left center to end the inning.
Lang singled to center and Kapp walked before Pitt turned to the pen in the bottom half of the seventh, bringing in righty Jeff Kelly in relief. Nyisztor’s second hit of the day drove in Lang to make it 4-1 in favor of Rutgers. Matthews was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out before Hernandez’s sacrifice fly to right scored Kapp, and Joe Leonard’s two-out error at third allowed Nyisztor to score, increasing the Scarlet Knights’ lead to 6-1.
Pitt couldn’t get anything going over the final two innings, leaving a runner stranded in the eighth and ninth.
Saturday’s series finale is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start at Bainton Field.