April 17, 2009
PITTSBURGH — Pitt never looked back after Joe Leonard’s two-RBI double in the bottom half of the third inning, snapping a six-game losing streak today with a 3-1 win over Seton Hall University. Behind a strong outing, lefty Nate Reed picked up his second win of the season.
Reed (2-4) threw eight innings, allowing just one run and five hits while striking out four Pirate batters to notch his second win of the year and first since an 18-4 win over Cincinnati in the Big East Conference opener on March 20th.
The Panthers (18-13, 5-8 Big East) racked up 11 hits on the day, but managed just three runs against one the top pitching staffs in the Big East Conference.
After leaving the bases loaded in the bottom half of the second, the Panthers rallied in the third, plating three runs to break open a scoreless pitcher’s duel. John Schultz walked and stole second to lead off the inning. After a Chris Sedon infield single, Leonard picked up his second hit of the day, driving in Schultz and Sedon to give Pitt the early lead, 2-0. Danny Lopez’s RBI single to right scored Leonard and gave Reed all the run support he would need.
With a comfortable lead, Reed went to work, allowing just one Seton Hall (15-17, 6-7 Big East) baserunner to reach second over the ensuing five innings.
After Seton Hall opened the eighth with back-to-back singles, Ed Brown scored on a Chris Affinitio groundout to second, closing the gap to 3-1 in favor of the home Panthers. Reed was able to get Frank Esposito to groundout to end the inning and the Pirate threat.
Ricky Breymier came on in the ninth for Pitt, striking out the first two batters before getting Brown to groundout to short to end the game.
The Panthers and Pirates will meet again at Trees Field tomorrow, April 18th. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.