April 15, 2011
PITTSBURGH – Senior Corey Baker became the all-time wins leader in Pitt History and fellow senior John Schultz set the all-time career scoring record as Pitt swept both games of a doubleheader Friday at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Md.
The Panthers (21-12, 8-3 Big East) won the opening game in convincing fashion, slugging 15 hits in a 15-9 victory. In the night game of the twin-billing, the Panthers once again powered past the Hoyas (18-19, 1-10 Big East) with a 13-4 win.
All nine Pitt batters collected at least one hit and five hit home runs in the win.
Schultz, along with seniors Zach Duggan, Kevan Smith and David Chester, all went deep. Junior Rick Devereaux had the other long ball, his first as a Panther.
Schultz was the story of the first game, crossing the plate four times to set the all-time career runs record. Entering the game, Schultz trailed former Panther’s Ben Copeland and Bryan Spamer by two runs for the career mark, with both scoring 165 times in their tenures at Pitt.
The West Lawn, Pa. native tied the record when he scored on a two-RBI single by senior Travis Whitmore in the fourth inning before breaking the record in fashion with his first home run of the season in the fifth. Schultz already holds the Pitt record for runs scored in a season (76 in 2010), walks in a single season (56 in 2010) and career walks (128).
Whitmore lead the team with three RBI in the game, while four others drove in two runs.
Junior Matt Iannazzo earned his fourth win of the season, pitching seven innings, allowing five earned runs while striking out five.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Panthers quickly jumped out to a five run lead in the first inning.
After the first two batters were retired, the next eight batters reached base safely.
Chester highlighted the offensive outburst with his second home run in as many games, blasting a two-run shot over the center field wall.
The five runs would be all starter Corey Baker would need for the win. Baker earned his 22nd career win, breaking a tie with former Panther Tedde Campbell. Baker improved to 3-1 on the season with the win, pitching six innings. The New City, N.Y. native allowed just three earned runs, walking four and striking out three.
Whitmore led the Panthers with four hits in the game. Senior Philip Konieczny added three hits as the Panthers once again pounded out hit after hit, totaling 16 hits in the contest.
Devereaux and Smith joined Chester as Panther’s to homer in both games. Devereaux connected on a two-run homer to right in the fourth and Smith hit a solo shot to left in the sixth.
In the two games the Panthers out-hit the Hoyas by a combined total of 31-21.
Pitt is 6-0 this season in doubleheader games. Earlier this year, the Panthers won both games against Army (3/12) and Villanova (4/9).
The Panthers look for the series sweep on Sunday, April 17. Game time is slated for noon.