April 19, 2011
PITTSBURGH- In a rain-shortened game against Youndstown State, Pitt baseball picked up its 22nd win of the season Tuesday night at Charles L. Cost Field at the Petersen Sports Complex. The game was officially called in the bottom of the fifth inning with the Panthers leading the contest, 7-2.
Freshman Casey Roche led all Panthers with three hits. Roche finished the game with a perfect 3-for-3 performance at the plate, highlighted by two triples and an RBI.
Senior starting pitcher Kevin Dooley (1-1) pitched three no-hit innings and eight of the nine Pitt batters collected at least one hit.
The Panthers (22-13, 8-4 BIG EAST) jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning, pounding seven hits off the Penguins starter Padraic Williams. Three of the seven hits went for extra bases. Senior Kevan Smith hit an RBI double while Roche and sophomore Evan Oswald provided RBI triples.
Youngstown State (8-26, 3-6 Horizon) cut the deficit to four with two runs in the top of the fourth.
The Penguins threatened to come back in the top of the fifth inning. With the bases loaded and no outs, Senior Zach Duggan made a highlight reel catch, lunging forward on a line drive. Duggan then doubled-up the runner at second and forced the runners at first and third to hold base. Senior Corey Baker recorded the final out of the inning, striking out the next batter.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Roche led off the bottom of the frame with a triple to right center field. Shortly after the hit, heavy rain and lightning brought the players off the field.
Continuous lightning throughout the area forced the game to be officially called. By NCAA rule, any game that reaches five full innings is considered an official game. However, if the home team is winning and batting in the bottom of the fifth inning, the game is also considered official.
Along with Roche, seniors Philip Konieczny and Travis Whitmore had multiple hits in the game. The Panthers out-hit the Penguins, 12-4.
The Panthers return to action on Thursday, April 21 for the first of a three-game series against Big East foe Rutgers. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.