May 3, 2011
PITTSBURGH – The Pitt baseball team defeated Cleveland State, 12-2 in six innings, Tuesday night at Charles L. Cost Field at the Petersen Sports Complex. The game started an hour and forty-five minutes after the scheduled first pitch due to rain and ended on a 10-run rule in the bottom of the sixth.
The Panthers (27-15, 12-6 BIG EAST) scored in five of the six innings and out-hit the Vikings, 15-7.
Senior Travis Whitmore went 3-for-4 at the plate and added two RBI. Fellow senior David Chester drove in a game-high three runs.
After rainy conditions forced the game back to an 8:45 p.m. start, the Panthers came out swinging in the first inning.
The first three batters singled to begin the game and Chester drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly to right field. Junior Anthony Defabio followed with an RBI on a fielder’s choice.
The Vikings (9-33) scored their first run of the game in the top of the third on a RBI single down the right field line.
In the bottom of the frame, senior Zach Duggan led off with a double to right field. After advancing to third on a sacrifice fly by senior John Schultz, Duggan scored on an RBI groundout by senior Kevan Smith.
The Panthers picked up their fourth run on a sacrifice fly by senior Sean Toole. Two batters later, freshman Evan Oswald drove in Whitmore on an RBI single to shortstop.
Pitt added five runs on five hits in the fifth inning to take a commanding 10-2 lead.
Chester drove in the first two runs of the inning with a double to the left-center gap. Defabio then scored Chester on an RBI single to center. Sophomore Ronald Sucre added an RBI single to shortstop. On the play, Whitmore scored from second after the Vikings attempted to throw out Sucre at first.
Whitmore ended the game in the bottom of the sixth with a two-RBI double down the left field line, giving the Panthers a 12-2 lead. Leading by 10, the game officially ended on a 10-run rule.
Freshman Casey Roche (2-2) pitched five innings to earn the win. Roche allowed just six hits, walking one and striking out three. Senior Cole Taylor pitched the final inning, allowing one unearned run.
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