May 6, 2009
PITTSBURGH — The University of Pittsburgh baseball team came up just short against Duquesne University in the annual city-series game held at PNC Park here in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Panthers fell behind early and were unable to overcome a strong performance from the Dukes’ Andrew Heck in a 5-2 loss.
Duquesne (11-37, 5-15 Atlantic 10) jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings of play. Matt Carson scored on a Rick Devereaux ground to third in the first while Derrik Zeroski’s sacrifice fly and Carson’s RBI single gave the Dukes two in the second.
The Panthers (25-16, 10-10 Big East) closed the gap to 3-1 in the third after Chris Tonte led the inning off with a double down the left field line and Morgan Kielty drove him in with a single to left.
Matt Iannazzo (2-3) calmed down after a shaky first two innings, not allowing a hit in his final four innings while striking out nine Dukes batters.
Heck kept the Pitt offense in check over the final six innings, allowing just four hits while striking our four Panther batters.
After Duquesne platted two more in the top of the eighth to extend its lead to 5-1, Chris Sedon smashed third home run in four games and 16th overall, bringing the score to 5-2.
Heck retired the ninth in order for his second win of the season and handed the Panthers their first non-conference loss since March 13.
Pitt will be back in action this weekend, returning to Big East Conference play with a three-game set at Connecticut. First pitch for Friday’s game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Norwich, Conn.