April 7, 2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
The Pitt baseball team (13-14, 7-4 Big East) defeated Big East leader Louisville (21-10, 6-3 Big East), 6-2, Saturday afternoon at Patterson Stadium to earn the 2-1 series victory over the Cardinals.
Outfielder Jordan Herr (RS-FR/Lancaster, Pa./Delaware) put the Panthers on top for good on a three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning, breaking a 2-2 tie. Herr ended the game with one run off one hit with three RBI.
Freshman pitcher Nate Reed (FR/Reading, Pa./Oley Valley) pitched the complete nine innings in the win, giving up just two runs off of five hits while striking out nine on the day. Reed moves to 2-3 on the year.
Designated hitter Morgan Kielty (SO/Burlington, Ont./Burlington Central) led the team offensively, hitting 3 for 4 while scoring a run on a solo home run.
Louisville jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third inning, but it did not take long for the Panthers to respond. Brian Muldowney (SO/West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) led off the top of the fourth with a triple to left center. Dan Williams (JR/Berwyn, Pa./Episcopal Academy) sent Muldowney home on a sac fly to right field, bringing the score to 2-1 after four.
Muldowney again put himself in scoring position in the sixth when he reached base on a double to left field. After advancing to third on a balk by Cardinals' pitcher Colby Wark, Muldowney scored on a wild pitch to even up the score at 2-2.
In the top of the eighth, Herr put Pitt on top with his three-run homer, lifting the Panthers to the 5-2 lead. In the ninth, Kielty sealed the victory with his solo home run to right field, giving Pitt the 6-2 win.
Louisville was held scoreless for the final six innings with Reed giving up just one hit during that span.
The Panthers return to action Tuesday, April 10 at Akron for a 3 p.m., meeting. Pitt will then host cross-town rival Duquesne for an April 11 meeting at Falconi Field in Washington, Pa. Game time is set for 7 p.m.