May 5, 2009
PITTSBURGH — The University of Pittsburgh baseball team completed its season sweep over Cleveland State University with a 9-7 win here today at Trees Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. A four-run third inning gave the Panthers a 5-1 lead that they would not relinquish.
David Kaye (3-2), the scheduled starter in the series finale at Georgetown that was rained out, went six innings, striking out four and allowing five earned runs in the winning effort. Nathan Hood went 2-for-4 at the plate and finished with a game-high three RBI.
Joe Leonard’s RBI single in the bottom of the first scored Morgan Kielty and gave the Panthers (25-15, 10-10 Big East) the early 1-0 lead.
Cleveland State (16-26) platted one in the second to tie the game at 1-1 before Pitt’s offense exploded in the third. Zach Duggan doubled down the left field line to start the inning and Chris Tonte struck out swinging but was able to reach first on an error. Kielty’s single to right scored Duggan and gave the Panthers the 2-1 edge. Tonte scored on Leonard’s groundout before Hood smashed his third home run of the year over the left-field wall, putting Pitt ahead 5-1.
The Vikings added one in the fourth to cut the lead to 5-2, but Pitt answered back, scoring two in both the fifth and sixth innings to build a 9-5 lead. Kevan Smith followed Hood’s RBI single in the fifth with one of his own, extending his hitting streak to 15 games in the process. Chris Sedon’s team-leading 15th home run of the year, a two-run shot in the sixth, gave the Panther pitching staff all the run support they needed.
CSU’s attempted comeback in the ninth, led by a solo home run from Tom Carter and an RBI single from Alex Johnson pulled the Vikings to within two at 9-7, but Josh Smith was able to get Kyle Shaffer to strike out swinging to end the game.
The Panthers will be in action tomorrow, May 6, as they take on city rival Duquesne University at PNC Park. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. with gates opening at 2 p.m. Admission for all fans is free of charge.