Pittsburgh Baseball Falls to Duquesne, 2-1, at PNC Park
The Panthers are back in action this weekend as they host Virginia Tech.
Duquesne Box Score (May 6)
PITTSBURGH – In the first-ever collegiate baseball game at PNC Park, Pittsburgh’s baseball team lost to city-rival Duquesne, 2-1, on Tuesday afternoon. The Panthers, who dropped their fourth straight game, fell to 33-17 while the Dukes improved to 24-23.
Pittsburgh opened the scoring with a single run in the third inning to grab a 1-0 lead. Alex Rybczak (Chili, N.Y./Gates-Chili) led off the inning with a double and scored two batters later as David Cline (Mercersburg, Pa./Mercersburg Academy) reached on an error by Duquesne third baseman John Reig, which allowed Rybczak to cross home plate.
Panther hurler T.J. Gornati (Kersey, Pa./St. Mary’s) kept the Dukes’ bats in check until the seventh inning as Chad Williams led off with a solo home run into the left field bleachers to tie the score at 1-1.
The score remained knotted until the bottom of the ninth inning when Steve Maiolo beat out a two-out infield hit off of relief pitcher Brian Jacobsen (Agoura Hills, Calif./Agoura), which enabled Dan Schwartzbauer to score from second base with the winning run.
Jacobsen suffered the loss on the mound, pitching the final inning and allowing two hits and one run.
Rybczak led Pittsburgh with two hits at the plate as the Panthers continued their recent struggle by knocking out just five total hits, four of which were singles.
The Panthers return to action this weekend as they host Virginia Tech in a crucial three-game series. Both teams are fighting for a spot in the Big East Tournament on May 22-24.
NOTES: Stuart Rykaceski had his career-best 17-game hitting streak snapped after going 0-4 in the game…Pittsburgh stranded just three base runners while Duquesne left 11 on-base…the teams split their season series after the Panthers defeated the Dukes, 14-4, on March 25.