May 9, 2007
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - The Pitt baseball team (24-21), led by first baseman Seth Button, shutout Central Michigan, 9-0, Wednesday afternoon at Theunissen Stadium.
Button (SR/Elk Lake, Pa./Gloucester College) hit 2 for 4 on the day with three runs scored and three RBI, including his second homerun of the series. Bobby Bell (SR/Olean, N.Y./Olean) earned the win for the Panthers pitching 5.1 innings, giving up no runs on five hits.
Pitt got on the board first in the second inning when Button singled through the left side to get on base and later scored on a passed ball, giving the Panthers the 1-0 advantage.
The game remained a tight 1-0 until Pitt opened up the game in the sixth with a five-run inning, which began with a Sean Conley (JR/Chippewa, Pa./Blackhawk) leadoff single to left center. Conley also scored the first run of the inning when Button homered to left center, driving in three runs. The next batter, Matt Litzinger (SO/Pittsburgh, Pa./Serra Catholic) sent a shot over the right field wall to take the 5-0 lead. The final run of the inning was scored on a Nick Mullins (JR/Brick, N.J./Brookdale CC) single up the middle, to score Dan Williams (JR/Berwyn, Pa./Episcopal Academy) from second.
Pitt added three runs in the seventh when Williams walked with bases loaded. Again, with three on, Brian Muldowney (SO/West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) was hit by a pitch and brought home Peter Parise (SR/Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman). The third and final run was also unearned as Mullins reached base on a fielding error by the Chippewas' third baseman, bringing home Button.
Pitt's 9-0 shutout is its fifth shutout of the season and gives the Panthers their 24th win of the season, surpassing last year's mark of 23.
Pitt returns to action Friday at 6 p.m., beginning a three-game series with Rutgers at Trees Field. With one Big East victory, the Panthers earn a bid to the Big East Tournament May 22-26 in Bronx, N.Y.