April 19, 2009
Seton Hall Gallery
PITTSBURGH — With its 5-4 win today over Seton Hall University, the University of Pittsburgh baseball team earned their first Big East Conference series sweep since the 2007 season. Chris Sedon went yard for the 11th time this season and David Kaye evened his record to 2-2 on the year with five and two-thirds strong innings.
The Pirates (15-19, 6-9 Big East) threatened in the top half of the ninth, putting runners on first and second after back-to-back singles. Joe Leonard was able to get Bobby Migliazza to ground into the game-ending six-four-three double play, giving the Panthers (20-13, 7-8 Big East) their third straight win.
Sedon’s team-leading 11th home run of season moved him into 12th place on the single-season home run list and gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The junior transfer finished the day 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored on the day.
SHU cut the lead in half in the third after Migliazza doubled to start the inning and scored off Matt Smedberg’s first of four hits on the day, an RBI single through the left side.
Pitt answered in the fourth, platting two runs to extend its lead to 4-1. After Danny Lopez walked and Kevan Smith singled, Joe DiRocco’s wild pitch put runners at second and third with no outs. DiRocco got Matt Litzinger and Cory Brownsten to fly out, but his second wild pitch of the inning allowed Lopez to cross the plate and bring the score to 3-1. Zach Duggan then singled home Smith with a base knock to center to round out the scoring for Pitt.
Ed Brown scored on a Sean Gusrang fielder’s choice in the fifth and Michael Rogers singled to center in the sixth, scoring Dave Phelan to cut the Panther lead to 4-3.
Duggan singled to left and stole second to start off the Pitt seventh. Morgan Kielty’s RBI single to center scored Duggan gave Nathan Hood some breathing room heading into the eighth.
Migliazza quickly brought the Pirates back to within one with a solo shot over the left field wall to start the eighth. Back-to-back singles forced Pitt to turn to the pen, with Ricky Breymier coming and getting Gusrang to fly out to end the inning.
The Panthers are off this week due to final exams, but will resume play next Saturday, April 25th as they host Rutgers University in a doubleheader at Trees Field, First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. with game two to start approximately 30 minutes following game one.