April 25, 2009
PITTSBURGH — The University of Pittsburgh split a pair of games with Rutgers University here today, April 25, at Trees Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Scarlet Knights rallied to score five runs in the top of the ninth in game one, going on to win 14-10 in a game that featured six home runs between the two teams. The Panthers took an early lead in game two and held on for an 8-6 win.
Both teams combined for 38 runs and 54 hits in the double-dip at Trees Field, blasting 10 home runs as the day went on.
Chris Sedon and Kevan Smith led the Panthers (21-14, 8-9 Big East) from the plate. Sedon hit his 12th home run of the season in game one and added his 13th in the first inning of game two, finishing the day 6-for-11 with five RBI. Smith extended his hitting streak to 11 games, going 3-for-5 with two RBI in game one and 2-for-3 in game two.
Corey Baker (6-2) picked up his team-leading sixth win of the season, giving up six runs and 11 hits while striking out five in seven and a third innings.
Rutgers (17-23, 4-13) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in game one before the Panthers rallied to put up four in the bottom of the second, taking a 4-2 lead. Smith started the scoring with an RBI single up the middle before John Schultz’s double knocked in two runs. Morgan Kielty’s sacrifice fly scored Zach Duggan and rounded out the scoring.
The Scarlet Knights cut the lead to one at 6-5 in the fifth off Jarred Jimenez’s two-run blast to left. An RBI single to right by Jayson Hernandez tied the game at 6-6 before Jaren Matthews stole home to give Rutgers the lead.
Kielty walked to start the Panther sixth and Sedon quickly recaptured the lead for Pitt with bomb to left center.
Cory Browsten launched his fifth home run of the season to tie the game at 9-9 in the top of the seventh for the Panthers. Smith’s second RBI single of the game scored Sedon and gave the Panthers the 10-9 edge heading into the ninth.
Rutgers sent nine batters to the plate in the final frame, taking advantage of two costly Panther errors to score five runs on two hits. Ryan Beard came in the ninth for RU, retiring three of four batters faced to secure the Scarlet Knights’ first Big East road win of the year.
Down 4-3 after four innings of play in game two, the Panthers exploded for a four-run fifth inning. RBI singles from Sedon and Chris Warner and a two-run round tripper from Frank Mercurio put the Panthers up for good.
Pitt added one in the seventh when Duggan laid down a sacrifice bunt which scored Smith.
Rutgers kept it close as Jimenez homered for the second time on the day to bring the score to 8-6, but Matt Iannazzo quickly nipped any thoughts of a first-game repeat, throwing one and two-thirds innings of hitless ball, striking out two along the way to record his first save of the season.
The Panthers and Scarlet Knights return to Trees Field for the series finale. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.