April 20, 2010
PITTSBURGH - Pitt's 24th-ranked baseball team suffered a 16-3 midweek loss to Kent State Tuesday afternoon at Trees Field as the Panthers fall to 26-10 overall and the Golden Flashes improve to 21-18 on the year.
Pitt was able to record just two hits on the day, while giving up 20 to Kent State in nine innings. Starter Ray Black (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) suffered the loss for the Panthers, giving up nine runs off six hits in 2.2 innings of work.
Kent State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI groundout. After no scoring in the second, the Golden Flashes took control of the game in the top of the third. Five Kent State hits led to eight runs as they jumped out to the 9-0 lead early in the game.
Pitt responded in the bottom of the inning with two runs on no hits to cut the lead to 9-2. The Panthers found themselves with bases loaded throughout the inning, but were only able to bring in two runs, grounding into a double play to end the inning with two runners left on base.
Kent State got those two runs back in the top of the fourth, and added two more in the top of the fifth for the 13-2 lead.
Pitt scored a run in the bottom of the sixth as Travis Whitmore scored off a wild pitch from third base. The run would mark Pitt's final of the game.
Kent State added three runs in the top of the ninth to take the 16-3 victory. Pitt stranded 11 base runners on the day, while Kent State stranded 12.
Pitt will travel to Youngstown State Wednesday for a 3 p.m. meeting with the Penguins. The Panthers will round out the week with a three-game set at West Virginia Friday through Sunday.