Big Inning Carries Pitt to 7-2 Win in Rain-Shortened Contest

Joe Iacobucci
Joe Iacobucci

Pittsburgh, Pa. -- Pittsburgh scored six runs on seven hits in the first inning and maintained the lead throughout in a 7-2 win over the Youngstown State baseball team on Tuesday evening. The game was called after five innings due to rain, and first pitch was delayed by a half hour due to wetness.

The Panthers had four singles, a double and two triples in the first inning as 10 batters went to the plate. Three of the runs scored after there were two outs.

The Penguins did not manage a hit off starter Kevin Dooley in three innings, and David Leon greeted reliever Matt Wotherspoon with a leadoff double in the fourth inning. Leon went to third on a balk and scored one batter later on Jeremy Banks' single. Banks then went to second on a passed ball and came home on Joe Iacobucci's RBI single.

Another two-out run in the fourth put Pittsburgh up 7-2, and that was the final score of the contest.

Youngstown State had a chance in the fifth to cut more into the lead when Phil Lipari singled and Dan Hurlimann walked to start the inning. They advanced on a double steal, and Armani Johnson reached on an infield error to load the bases. Hurlimann was doubled up at second base after a nice catch by centerfielder Zach Duggan, and Drew Dosch struck out to end the inning.

Casey Roche tripled to lead off the bottom of the fifth, but that was the final play of the contest.

Padraic Williams allowed all seven runs for Youngstown State in his second career start. Cody Dearth retired the only hitter he faced in the fourth and allowed the triple to start the fifth.

Youngstown State is scheduled to play at Canisius on Wednesday at 3 p.m.