April 29, 2009
LORAIN, Ohio -- Eight different Panthers recorded a hit and Kevin Dooley won his fourth game of the season behind five innings of work as the University of Pittsburgh baseball team downed the Cleveland State Vikings 10-0 at the Pipe Yard in Lorain, Ohio.
Dooley (4-1) yielded just four hits over five innings of work, striking out two Viking batters for his fourth straight win of the 2009 season. Frank Mercurio remained red hot, collecting a game-high four RBI while going 3-for-5 at the plate. Morgan Kielty and Cory Brownsten each contributed three hits to the Panthers offensive onslaught.
Pitt (23-14, 9-9 Big East) took a 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the third when Chris Sedon singled in Kielty and later scored on Kevan Smith's fielder's choice. Smith finished the day 2-for-5, running his hitting streak to a season-high 13 games. Brownsten's two-out single through the left side pushed the Panthers lead to 4-0 after three complete.
After base hits from Kielty and Sedon, Mercurio's one-out double down the left field line pushed Pitt's lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the seventh.
A four-run eighth highlighted by Kielty's two-RBI double down the left field line and Mercurio's second two-RBI base hit of the day put the game out of reach at 10-0.
Corey Baker, Nate Reed, Nathan Hood and Ricky Breymier each got in an inning of work on the day. The foursome combined for five strikeouts, not allowing a hit while walking just two batters. Baker and Breymier retired the side in order during their appearance.
The Panthers take their three-game winning streak on the road to Bethesda, Md., May 2-3. Pitt will square-off against Georgetown in Big East Conference action. First pitch for Saturday's doubleheader is set for 4 p.m.