Dukes Take Down 22nd-Ranked Pitt, 10-9
May 12, 2010
Duquesne's baseball team scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat #22 Pitt, 10-9 Wednesday afternoon at Trees Field. The game was played at Pitt's home diamond due to poor field conditions at Duquesne Field, but the Dukes remained the home team as scheduled.
The Red and Blue jumped out to a 5-0, first inning lead as Matt Carson led off the frame with a single, then scored on Mark Tracy's sacrifice fly. Rick Devereaux also singled and crossed the plate on Anthony DeFabio's double. DeFabio eventually scored on an error before Tyler Bowen scored on a wild pitch and Mike Ganley scored on a Jackson Boyd double.
The Panthers responded by scoring a run in the second inning, three in the third and three in the fourth for a 7-5 advantage.
The Dukes cut the deficit to one run though in the bottom of the fourth as Carson doubled to lead off the inning, then scored on a Tracy double.
The teams exchanged sixth inning runs and Pitt grabbed a two-run lead in the top of the eighth with a run before the Red and Blue took the lead for good. With one out, the Dukes loaded the bases with a Devereaux single, a Tracy walk and a DeFabio hit by pitch. Bowen then came through with a two-run double to left center to tie the game, before Ganley's fielder choice plated DeFabio with the winning run.
Carson was 2-4 with two runs scored, Devereaux was 2-3 with two runs scored, Tracy was 1-3 with two RBI and a run scored, DeFabio was 2-3 with an RBI and two runs scored, Bowen was 1-3 with two RBI and a run and Boyd knocked in a pair of runs.
The Duquesne pitching staff was steller as Jim Devine and Sean Clark each allowed just one run in two innings, Brent Roehrich allowed one unearned run in 1 2/3 innings and Chris Happ tossed the final 1 1/3 to pick up his first collegiate win.
The Dukes return to action on Friday, May 14 as they host Temple at 3:00 p.m. at Duquesne Field.