May 9, 2009
STORRS, Conn. — The University of Pittsburgh baseball team fell behind after a nine-run second inning by the University of Connecticut, dropping the second game of its three-game series to the Huskies, 14-6, here at J.O. Christian Field.
Corey Baker lasted just three and a third innings, giving up 10 hits and 11 earned runs in that span. It was Baker’s shortest outing since his last loss on April 4, at South Florida when he went just three and two thirds innings.
Chris Sedon notched a 4-for-5 day at the plate, including a two run homer in the third. Sedon accounted for more than half of Pitt’s hits on the day.
Kevan Smith doubled to left center in the top of the first, scoring Sedon and John Schultz to give Pitt (26-17, 11-11 Big East) a 2-0 lead. Smith, who splits time as a catcher and designated hitter, is in the midst of a 17-game hitting streak.
Baker ran into trouble in the bottom of the second, hitting Greg Springer to start the inning. Peter Fatse singled to put Huskie runners at first and third before three straight RBI singles quickly turned the momentum in favor of Connecticut. After getting the second out of the inning, Baker ran into trouble after consecutive base hits platted three more runs. Springer was hit by a pitch for the second time in the inning and Fatse followed with a two-run homer to bring the score to 9-2 in favor of UConn.
Sedon cut the lead to 9-4 with his team-leading 17th home run of the year in the top of the third, but the Panthers were unable to keep the rally going, ending the inning with consecutive strikeouts.
The Huskies scored five runs over the ensuing four innings to build a 14-6 lead. Starting pitcher Elliot Glynn threw seven innings, keeping the Panthers offense off-balance all day, never allowing more than two runs in an inning. Glynn scattered seven hits and struck out six while walking just one Panther batter.
The Panthers and Huskies will meet tomorrow in the series rubber match at J.O. Christian Field on the Connecticut campus. Game time is slated to start at 1 p.m.