First baseman Seth Button
May 8, 2007
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - The Pitt baseball team (23-21) survived a late charge by Central Michigan (30-16), earning a 6-5 victory Tuesday afternoon at Theunissen Stadium.
The Panthers had an outstanding performance from Seth Button (SR/Elk Lake, Pa./Gloucester College), who hit 3 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBI. Button hit his sixth homerun of the season in the fifth inning.
Pitcher Ben Knuth (JR/St. Joseph's, Mich./Grand Rapids CC) picked up the win for Pitt, improving to 2-0 on the year. Knuth gave up four runs on seven hits and walked just three batters in 5.2 innings. Reliever Kyle Landis (RS SO/Hazelton, Pa./Hazelton) pitched 1.2 innings, giving up one earned run on three hits, earning his sixth save of the season.
Pitt scored a run in the first inning for the early 1-0 lead on a Peter Parise (SR/Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) single to center field, driving home Sean Conley (JR/Chippewa, Pa./Blackhawk) from second base.
The Panthers added to the lead in the fourth with a four-hit, four-run inning. Button singled up the middle, sending home Morgan Kielty (SO/Burlington, Ont./Burlington Central) for the first run of the inning. Matt Litzinger (SO/Pittsburgh, Pa./Serra Catholic) singled up the middle for a two-run hit, giving Pitt the 4-0 lead. Scoring in the inning concluded with a Conley sac fly.
The Chippewa's struck back in the bottom of the fourth with a three-run inning. Hoorelbeke hit a three-run homer to left field, pulling the game to a 5-3 Panther advantage.
Button's homerun to left field scored the final run of the game for the Panthers in the fifth.
Central Michigan added a run in the sixth on a Tyler Kipke sacrifice fly to left field. The Chippewa's final run of the game was scored in the ninth on a solo homerun by Humphrey to left field. Central Michigan left the tying run on base on a strikeout to end the game.
The two-game series against Central Michigan will wrap up Wednesday at 3 p.m. The Panthers will return home Friday for a Big East series with Rutgers beginning at 6 p.m. at Trees Field.
Jordano to Join Saturday's Pirates Preview on 93.7 The Fan
Jacob Wright Named to All-ACC Academic Team
Billy Alvino Added to Baseball Coaching Staff
Panthers Participate in Collegiate Summer Leagues
Rich Condeelis Selected by Minnesota Twins in MLB Draft
Hobie Harris Selected by New York Yankees in MLB Draft