April 25, 2010
Pitt's 24th-ranked baseball team (29-10, 11-3 Big East) secured the three-game series win over West Virginia with a 6-3 victory Saturday afternoon in Morgantown. The Panthers will look for the series sweep on Sunday at noon at Hawley Field.
Panther pitcher Matt Iannazzo won his 7th game of the season (7-1), pitching 8.0 innings while giving up three runs on 10 hits, while striking out four batters. Joe Leonard earned his sixth save of the year with a one-hit ninth inning. Leonard (Dawson, Pa./Connellsville) struck out two batters while allowing no runs to cross the plate.
Leonard was also successful at the plate, batting 3-for-5 with a run scored. Pitt recorded three home runs in the game by David Chester, Kevan Smith and Cory Brownsten.
The Panthers jumped out early and appeared to have control of the game. Pitt scored three runs in the top of the first off Smith's home run to right field. The homer by Smith (Cranberry, Pa./Seneca Valley) was his fourth of the season.
Pitt added a run in the second off a West Virginia fielding error and one in the third on a lead-off homer by Chester (Collinsville, Okla./Seminole CC) to left field for the 5-0 Pitt lead.
In the top of the sixth, Pitt took the 6-0 lead off a lead-off Brownsten (Lockport, N.Y./Monroe CC) homer to left field.
The Panthers, and Iannazzo (Norwalk, Conn./Norwalk), held the Mountaineers off the board until the bottom of the ninth. West Virginia scored three runs after loading up the bases, but was unable to continue the rally. WVU scored three runs on four hits, while stranding three in Pitt's 6-3 victory.
Pitt will try for the series sweep, and its 30th team victory on Sunday at noon at Hawley Field in Morgantown.