Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pitt Falls to Louisville

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pitt Falls to Louisville

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Pitt cut an early four-run deficit to one run with two runs in the seventh only to have Louisville score four in the eighth in an 8- 4 loss in the first round of the Big East Conference baseball tournament in Clearwater, Fla., Wednesday.

Shortstop Alex Chittenden went 4 for 4 and scored two runs as top- seeded Louisville (39-18) advanced to face the winner of Wednesday's final first-round game between Connecticut and South Florida. The Panthers play the Connecticut/USF loser at 5 p.m. today.

Trailing 4-0, Pitt scored in the top of the fifth when catcher Elvin Soto led off the inning with a home run to right field.

Stephen Vranka went 3 for 5 with two RBIs for No. 8 seed Pitt (28- 27), and Soto was 3 for 4. Matt Iannazzo took the loss, falling to 7- 4 after he allowed five runs and 12 hits in seven innings.


Penn State blew a 5-1 lead by allowing 11 unanswered runs as Ohio State rolled to a 12-5 win in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. Senior first baseman Jordan Steranka doubled twice and singled for the Nittany Lions, who play Nebraska in an elimination game at noon today.


Top-seeded John Isner had 13 aces on his way to a 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) win against Belgium's Xavier Malisse at the Open de Nice in France. The hard-serving American will play Nikolay Davydenko in the quarterfinals after the Russian topped seventh-seeded Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

* The Czech Republic closed out a 3-0 victory against the United States in Duesseldorf, Germany, as Frantisek Cermak and Radek Stepanek defeated Andy Roddick and Ryan Harrison, 7-6 (5), 5-7, 10- 8 in the doubles at the Team World Cup.

* Alison Riske of Peters Township lost to Maria Elena Camerin, 7- 5, 6-4, in the first round of a French Open qualifier in Paris.


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