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.