May 13, 2011
PITTSBURGH – Inching closer to clinching a BIG EAST berth, Pitt baseball rolled over rival West Virginia, 12-1, Friday night at Charles L. Cost Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.
Junior Matt Iannazzo (6-3) threw his fourth complete game of the season and senior John Schultz drove in four runs in the victory.
The Panthers (29-19, 13-9 BIG EAST) opened the scoring in the third inning when senior Kevan Smith crushed a two-out home run over the left-center wall. The blast was Smith’s seventh of the season and second in as many games.
In the fourth, Pitt added to its lead, scoring four times on four hits. With no outs, senior Philip Konieczny plated freshman Casey Roche with an RBI single to right-center. One out later, senior Zach Duggan singled to left field, bringing home Konieczny. Schultz then capped the inning with a two-run opposite field home run over the left field fence.
An inning later, the Panthers opened the flood gates, tacking on three more runs.
With one out, Konieczny notched his second RBI on the evening with a single to left. Later in the inning, Schultz came to the plate with the bases loaded and delivered a two-run single to right.
Senior David Chester hit his conference-leading 11th home run to begin the bottom of the sixth. Chester belted a 2-0 pitch deep over the wall in left.
The Mountaineers (27-21, 13-9 BIG EAST) scored their lone run in the eighth inning. The leadoff batter advanced to third on an error and scored on the next at-bat, a single to left field.
The Panthers added three more runs in the bottom of the frame on RBI singles by junior pinch-hitter Anthony Defabio, Roche and freshman Evan Oswald.
Iannazzo closed the game out in the ninth, retiring the final batter on a ground out to second. The southpaw allowed just one unearned run on six hits -- all singles -- walking two and striking out a season-high eight batters. In his last two outings, Iannazzo has pitched two complete games, allowing just one earned run on eight hits.
The teams return to action on Saturday for a 3 p.m. contest at Charles L. Cost Field.