May 4, 2011
PITTSBURGH – Pitt baseball won its second consecutive game in as many days, shutting out Akron, 6-0 Wednesday night at Canal Park in Akron, Ohio.
Freshman Matt Wotherspoon pitched eight scoreless innings to improve to 5-0 this season. Wotherspoon allowed just five hits, walking one and striking out five. Senior Cole Taylor pitched the ninth inning to combine for the team shutout.
The Panthers (28-15, 12-6 BIG EAST) opened the scoring in the top of the second on a bases loaded fielder’s choice by senior Philip Konieczny.
In the third inning, the Panthers added to their lead with RBI hits by seniors Kevan Smith and David Chester. Smith drove in senior John Schultz from first base on a double to the right center gap. Chester followed with a single that scored Smith on the play.
The Zips (11-31, 4-15 MAC) loaded the bases in the bottom of the first with just one out, but Wotherspoon got the next batter to line out to first and ended the inning with a strikeout. In the fourth inning, the Zips led off with a triple, but Wotherspoon again pitched his way out of the jam, getting two pop-ups and a fly out.
Leading 3-0, the Panthers added two insurance runs in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Freshman Casey Roche singled home Chester with no outs in the sixth. Three batters later, freshman Derik Wilson hit a sacrifice fly to score Roche.
Pitt added its final run on Chester’s 10th home run of the season. The solo blast to left tied Chester for first in the BIG EAST in home runs.
Senior Travis Whitmore continued his hitting tear, recording two hits in the game. Over the past three contests, Whitmore has batted 8-for-12 at the plate.
Pitt returns to action on Friday, April 6 for the beginning of a three game series against BIG EAST foe St. John’s in Jamaica, N.Y. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.