Dukes Beat Pitt, 5-2, at PNC Park

PITTSBURGH - Duquesne sophomore Andrew Heck scattered six hits and walked just one while striking out a half-dozen in his 5-2, complete game win over the Pitt Panthers, Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park, the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Duquesne, behind Andrew Heck's pitching. led from wire-to-wire and stopped a six-game losing streak. Heck, who is batting .311 when not on the mound, raised his record to 2-1 while lowering his ERA to 2.60.

Duquesne also had just six hits but got some help from the Panthers, e.g., seven bases on balls. Senior Bill Torre went 2-for-5 and four other guys in the Red & Blue got a hit each.

Freshman Derrik Zeroski drove in two runs while going 0-for-2.

The Dukes were the visiting team in this season's featured game between the two city programs. The Panthers won the first matchup of the year, 6-4, on April 1, 2009, at Duquesne Field in the Pittsburgh suburbs. The Dukes are 11-37, 5-15 in Atlantic 10 Conference play.

Duquesne grabbed the lead in the first on freshman Rick Devereaux' ground out that scored classmate Matt Carson, who had received the first of those seven walks.

Sophomore Chris Happ, who opened the second with a walk, scored on Zeroski's sacrifice liner to left field. Freshman Derek Lefever, whose double got Happ in scoring position, crossed the plate himself courtesy of a Carson single. The score, Duquesne 3, Pitt 0.

The Panthers got on the scoreboard in the third as they put a double and single together for their first run.

Heck and two UP pitchers prevented any further scoring through the seventh.

Then in the top of eighth, junior Mark Tracy scored when pitcher Ryan Dunford misplayed freshman Anthony DeFabio's batted ball for the only unearned run of the game. Torre, whose single had moved Tracy into scoring position, accounted for the Dukes' second run of the inning and fifth of the day on Zeroski's second sacrifice fly, this one to center.

Chris Sedon 's two-out homer in the bottom the frame made the score 5-2.

Duquesne got its first two batters on base, via a walk and a hit-batsman, but was unable to move them across the plate in the ninth. Heck struck out two and got Matt Litzinger on a ground out for a 1, 2, 3 final at bat for UP.

Starter Matt Iannazzo (2-3) was charged with the loss. Pitt's mark is 25-16, 10-10 in the Big East.

The Dukes will head to St. Bonaventure (21-20, 7-13) for this weekend's three-game A-10 series starting on Friday, May 8th at 4:00 p.m.


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