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April 11, 2009

Box Score

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Pittsburgh baseball dropped a pair of games to the University of Louisville here today at Jim Patterson Stadium. The Cardinals were a 1-0 winner in game one and followed it up with a 3-2 win in game two, taking both games in their last at bat in extra innings.

Game one featured a pitcher’s dual between Corey Baker (4-2) and Thomas Royse (2-2). Baker threw seven innings, allowing just five hits and one earned run while his counterpart needed just 72 pitches in eight innings of work, allowing just one hit on the day.

Nathan Hood (0-1) was charged with the loss for Pitt in game two after throwing two innings, giving up two earned runs and walking five.

Kevan Smith’s single to right field broke up Royse’s perfect game in the top of the sixth. Royse had retired 16 straight, including three strikeouts through five and a third innings. Chris Tonte pinch ran for Smith, but Royse was able to get Zach Duggan to ground into an inning ending six-four-three double play.

Phil Wunderlich walked to start the bottom of the seventh for Louisville. After Ryan Wright grounded out, Jeff Arnold was intentionally walked, putting Cardinals on first and second. John Dao’s groundout allowed the runners to advance, but Baker was able to get Alec Lowery to fly out to right field, sending the game into extra innings.

Royse retired the Pitt side in the eighth, recording his fourth and fifth strikeouts of the game. Ricky Breymier took over for Baker after he hit Josh Richmond to start the Cardinal eighth. Adam Duvall’s base-hit through the right side sent Richmond to third and loaded the bases for Dominguez. Joe Leonard’s throw home after a hard chopper to third was a bit high and Smith could not apply the tag to a sliding Richmond, giving Louisville their second straight win over the Panthers.

After recording just one hit in game one, Pitt platted a run in the first and second innings of game two, taking the 2-0 lead. Sedon’s 10th home run of the year, a leadoff shot over the right-center field wall putt the Panthers up 1-0. In the second, Manoli Pahoulis doubled and scored on a Sedon single to center field.

Arnold singled to start the Louisville eighth and John Dao walked, putting the Cardinals in scoring position with one out. Richmond’s RBI single through the right side scored Arnold from second and cut the Panther lead in half at 2-1. After Adam Duvall struck out swinging, Andrew Clark walked to load the bases. Hood was able to pitch his way out of the jam though, getting Nate Holland to pop out to first base.

Hood ran into trouble again in the bottom of the ninth. After a Wunderlich groundout, Ryan Wright walked and stole second before Hood issued his third walk of the game to Arnold, and after a wild pitch, the Cardinals had runners at second and third. Alec Lowery’s groundout to short scored Wright to knot it up at 2-2, forcing extra innings for the second straight game.

Cory Brownsten led the 10th off with a single and advanced to second after a Duggan sacrifice bunt, but was stranded after Tony Zych got Sedon to fly out to center field and John Schultz to stare at a called third strike, ending the Panther threat.

Duvall walked and took second on a Hood balk in the Louisville 10th. Clark was intentionally walked, before Holland’s single through the left side allowed Duvall to score, giving Louisville the 3-2 win.

The Panthers will be in action next on Tuesday, April 14, as they travel to University Park, Pa., for a non-conference game against Penn State. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.

Louisville Sweeps Doubleheader in Back-to-Back Extra Inning Games

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