May 14, 2010
CINCINNATI, Ohio — The University of Pittsburgh baseball team continued its stellar play in Big East Conference action, downing Cincinnati 12-2 here today at Marge Schott Stadium in the first game of their three-game weekend series.
The Panthers (35-13, 16-5 Big East) scored at least 10 runs for the 19th time this year and at least 10 hits for the 41st time this season. John Schultz was one of seven Pitt players to record two hits on the day, finishing 2-for-3 with three RBI and three walks.
Corey Baker (11-2) moved into a first-place tie for the national lead in wins after throwing a complete-game seven hitter. Baker threw a season-high 129 pitches and struck out two in the process.
Pitt took an early 1-0 lead in the first after Danny Lopez scored from first on Schultz’s double to left-center field.
Following a scoreless second inning, the Panthers’ offense exploded in the top of the third, scoring six runs on five hits. Lopez and Schultz walked to lead off the inning before Joe Leonard’s RBI single to left made it 2-0 in favor of Pitt. After a Brian Garman wild pitch allowed the base runners to advance to second and third, David Chester ripped a bases-clearing single up the middle to make it 4-0.
After Kevan Smith singled up the middle, Travis Whitmore reached on a Garman throwing error that allowed both Chester and Smith to score. Cory Brownsten’s RBI single up the middle scored Whitmore to round out the inning at 7-0.
The Bearcats (25-26, 9-13 Big East) answered in the bottom of the third, cutting the deficit to 7-2. Chris Peters’ RBI single to right center scored Kiley Jones while Jamel Scott scored on a T.J. Jones sacrifice fly to right.
Pitt tacked on three more in the fifth and two in the sixth to take a commanding 12-2 lead. Schultz tripled to left, scoring Lopez and Phil Konieczny before Leonard singled in Schultz to cap the fifth. Brownsten singled in Smith and scored two batters later on a Lopez single to left.
The Panthers and Bearcats will be back in action tomorrow, May 15 at here at Marge Schott Stadium for game two. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.