April 18, 2009
PITTSBURGH — For the second straight day, the University of Pittsburgh baseball team used an explosive three-run inning to upend visiting Seton Hall University. The Panthers clinched their third Big East series win of the 2009 season with a 5-2 win over the Pirates here today at Trees Field.
Starting pitcher Corey Baker (5-2) threw his second complete game of the season and limited the Pirates to just five hits and two runs, striking out six while picking up his fifth win of the season. SHU’s Keith Cantwell (4-2) lasted seven and two-thirds innings, giving up 11 hits and five runs while striking out four in the losing effort.
Pitt (19-13, 6-8 Big East) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second with Danny Lopez’s second home run of the season, a solo shot that was hammered over the left field wall.
Seton Hall’s (15-18, 6-8 Big East) Matt Smedberg knotted the game up in the top half of the fourth with a solo shot off Baker. The Pirates then took a 2-1 lead in the fifth after Dave Phelan tripled to start the inning and scored off Chris Spagnuolo’s groundout to second.
Zach Duggan’s single up the middle in the seventh scored Matt Litzinger and evened the score at 2-2.
After Baker sat the Pirate eighth down in order, Pitt rallied for three runs to take a 5-2 lead. Chris Sedon singled and stole second before scoring off a Lopez infield hit. Lopez then stole second and made it 4-2, scoring off Litzinger’s double to center. Cory Brownsten singled to left and Litzinger made his way home after a costly fielding error on Spagnuolo, rounding out the scoring at 5-2.
Baker returned in the ninth to finish off the Pirates, retiring the side in order for the second straight inning to extend the Panthers’ winning streak to two and put them back in the chase for a Big East championship.
The Panthers and Pirates return to the diamond tomorrow, April 19th for the series finale at Trees Field. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m.