Paul Nardozzi earned his fourth win of the season while striking out a season-high 10 batters.
April 6, 2007
The Panthers (12-14 overall, 6-4 Big East) tallied the games' first runs, scoring one in the first inning and adding two more in the second. Sean Conley (JR/Chippewa, Pa./Blackhawk) reached base on an error by
Two batters later, Button (SR/Elk
With a 1-0 lead, the Panthers added two more in the second when leadoff batter Dan Williams (JR/Berwyn,
Center fielder Jordan Herr (RS FR/Lancaster, Pa./Delaware) followed with a hard-hit double to right, scoring Lopez to give Pitt a 3-0 advantage.
Nardozzi kept the Cardinal bats quite until the bottom of the fifth when
The Panthers added two runs in the top of the seventh when Conley ripped a leadoff double down the first base line and scored on a single by right fielder Peter Parise (SR/Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman). Parise scored when Williams ripped his first hit of the day to the left side, moving the score to 5-3 in favor of Pitt. Williams went 1-1 with three walks, one run scored and one RBI in the game.
Landis (JR/Hazelton, Pa./Hazelton) came on as relief in the seventh for the Panthers and continued his strong showing on the mound, as he went three innings allowing two hits, while giving up just his second earned run of the season to earn his second save.
The Cardinals added a run in the eighth to pull within one of the Panthers, but Button sealed the deal in the ninth blasting a solo homerun to center field for the games' final of 6-4. Button now leads Pitt with a .557 slugging percentage as he's tallied 49 total bases.
The Panthers will conclude their three-game series in
NOTES: With today's game, Paul Nardozzi continues to climb in the Panther record books. Nardozzi is currently Pitt's all-time leader for games started (45), as he claimed that title last season. In his complete-game shutout against Notre Dame on March 31, Nardozzi become first on the Panthers' all-time career innings pitched, as he's tallied 238.2 to date. Tonight's win placed Nardozzi at third on the all-time career wins list (18) as he needs five more to claim the number one spot. Nardozzi is also just 11 shy of first place on the all-time career strikeouts list, as he sits at second place with 227.