April 14, 2010
Pitt's 24th-ranked baseball team dominated in a 21-9 win over cross-town rival Duquesne Wednesday night at Trees Field as junior third baseman Joe Leonard hit for the cycle. Pitt improves to 23-9 overall and the Dukes fall to 7-26 on the year.
Leonard (Dawson, Pa./Connellsville) was 5-for-5 on the evening with two singles, a double, a triple and a home run, including four RBI and three runs scored. Junior outfielder John Schultz (West Lawn, Pa./Wilson) was also perfect on the night, hitting 3-for-3 with five RBI and five runs scored.
Kevin Dooley (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) earned the win for the Panthers, contributing 6.2 innings of work, giving up six runs on 10 hits.
In the first inning, Pitt jumped out to the 3-0 lead with three runs off three hits. Leonard got the scoring started with an RBI single to center field. A balk brought home Pitt's second run of the inning and the third was scored off a ground out to bring in Leonard for the 3-0 Panther lead.
There was no scoring for either team in the second. Duquesne took their first lead in the top of the third with five runs off four hits for the Dukes.
Pitt responded in the bottom of the inning, taking back the lead on eight runs scored off six hits. Leonard's home run to center field came in the third with Schultz on base. The duo made it through the batting order to have a second trip to the plate in the third. Schultz singled to center field to drive in two runs, and Leonard tripled to center to bring in Schultz. At the conclusion of the inning, Pitt led 11-5, taking the lead for good.
In the fourth, Duquesne and Pitt both scored one run on ground outs, bringing the score to 12-6. The Panthers held the Dukes off the board in the top of the fifth, allowing no hits. Pitt, however, pulled away with a nine-run offensive explosion to take the 21-6 lead. In the bottom of the fifth, Pitt's first six batters reached base and four players made two plate appearances in the inning. Schultz scored twice and drove in three runs on his home run to left field. The Panthers scored nine runs off eight hits for the 15-run lead.
Pitt substituted the majority of its lineup and would not score another run the remainder of the game. Pitcher Chris Harner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) pitched 2.1 innings and held Duquesne scoreless until the ninth.
In the top of the ninth, the Dukes scored three runs to cut the Pitt lead to 21-9. The rally would come well short as Pitt won by 12 runs.
The Panthers travel to Villanova for a three-game series over the weekend. Pitt will play the Wildcats at 3:15 p.m. Friday, 3:15 p.m. Saturday and 12:15 p.m. on Sunday.