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Panthers Ninth-Inning Comeback Yields Doubleheader Split with Georgetown




May 2, 2009

Box Score

BETHESDA, Md. — The University of Pittsburgh split a pair of games with Georgetown University here today at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Md. The Panthers fell 7-5 in game one and mounted an amazing comeback in game two, scoring three runs in the ninth to steal a 6-5 win going away.

Ricky Breymier (2-0) was the game two winner with Josh Smith picking up his first save of the season, retiring all three batters faced after entering the game with runners on first and second and no outs.

The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the second game in the top of the third with Morgan Kielty’s single through the right side.

Georgetown tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third with an RBI-single from Chip Malt and took the lead an inning later when a fielding error on Chris Sedon allowed Sean Lamont to score from second.

Matt Litzinger singled to start the Panther fifth and advanced to second on Chris Tonte’s groundout to third. Zach Duggan’s single up the middle scored Litzinger to tie the game at 2-2.

Each team scored one in the seventh to make it 3-3 before the Hoyas broke the game open in the bottom of the eighth. Dan Godefroi singled to start the inning before Sean Lamont made it 5-3 in favor of the home team with one swing of the bat, sending a Breymier pitch over the left-field wall for his 12th home run of the season.

Down to their final three outs, the Panthers offense answered the call in the top of the ninth. Nathan Hood’s pinch-hit double to right center started the rally and was followed by an error on Georgetown first baseman Dan Capeless that allowed Kevan Smith to reach first. Litzinger was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Tonte stepped up and belted a one-out single to right center that scored Phil Konieczny and Danny Lopez, who both entered as pinch runners. Duggan laid down a bunt single and Litzinger was just able to beat the tag, giving the Panthers a 6-5 lead. Tonte and Duggan both advanced a base on a balk before Tommy Isaacs got out of a jam with a play at the plate to get Tonte out and a pop up from Kielty to end the inning.

Tommy Lee led the bottom of the ninth off with a single before Breymier hit Any Lentz to put Hoya runners on first and second. Smith was brought in relief, getting Kevin Johnson to pop up to a sliding Kielty for the first out of the inning. Lamont’s pop up in foul territory was caught by Litzinger for the second out, but was deep enough for Lee, the tying run, to make his way to third. Smith froze Billy Henig on a called third strike to end the game and complete the Panther comeback.

In game one, Pitt jumped out to a 4-0 lead after four and a half innings of play. Leonard’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first scored Kielty, who had singled earlier in the inning.

Solo home runs by Litzinger in the second and Sedon in the third extended the Panther lead to 3-0. Pitt went ahead 4-0 in the fifth off a Kielty sacrifice fly to right scored Duggan.

Georgetown’s offense capitalized on a rare Panther error in the bottom of the fifth and platted four runs on five hits. Tom Elliot doubled to left center to start the inning and advanced to third on Lentz’s bunt single. Greg Pustizzi’s two-RBI double to left cut the deficit in half at 4-2. A throwing error by Lopez allowed Kelly Muir to advance to second and Pustizzi to score from third. Malt’s single up the middle score Muir and knotted the game at 4-4 before Reed struck out Lamont and got Sean Baumann to fly out to center field to end the inning.

After a scoreless sixth, the Panthers regained the lead in the top half of the seventh at 5-4. Duggan reached second on a throwing error by Hoya pitcher Jimmy Saris and scored one batter later off John Schultz’s single to center field. With runners at first and second, Jared Cohen was able to escape unharmed as Frank Mercurio’s grounder to short was flipped to second for the force out.

Georgetown scored two in the seventh and one more in the eighth to take a 7-5 lead heading into the final inning of play. Lee’s two-run homer in the seventh gave the Hoyas a 6-5 lead while Lentz’s RBI single up the middle pushed the lead to two at 7-5.

Cohen worked the ninth in order, getting Kielty and Sedon to ground out to first before striking out Joe Leonard for his first win of the season.