The University of Pittsburgh baseball team (7-4) rolled through the Campbell Camels (5-7) 11-5 in their last game of the All-American Classic in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Pitt went 2-1 in the tournament, with wins over Campbell and Ohio State (4-7) and a loss to Army (2-7).
The game was put out of reach early as the Pitt offense drove in 10 runs in just the first four innings. The scoring started off in the first when Kyle Hess doubled home Jordan Anderson. That 1-0 lead would carry into the third inning, where things broke open for Pitt.
Pitt put up four runs in the fourth inning. A single up-the-middle by Tatem Levins brought home Jordan Anderson and Sky Duff to make the score 3-0 in the third. Levins scored later in the inning on a wild pitch, while the fourth run of the inning came on a Bryce Hulett sac-fly that scored Hess.
Pitt doubled their score with a five-run rout in the fourth-inning capped off by a grand slam by Levins. Levins, as did many of Pitt’s hitters, had a phenomenal day at the plate. He finished with three hits in five at-bats and drove in six runs while scoring twice.
Campbell finally got to Pitt starter Billy Corcoran in the fifth-inning when they scored their first run of the game to make it 10-1 after Grant Knipp hit a solo home run. However, it was the sixth-inning where they made the rest of their damage against Corcoran.
In between those half-innings though, Pitt added another run when Jack Anderson scored for the third time of the day. Jack Anderson had two hits in five at-bats in the game, while also drawing a walk and only striking out once in addition to his three runs scored.
Campbell added four runs in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 11-5. This inning was boosted by a three-run home run from Drake Pierson. Corcoran was able to get out of the inning, which ended up being his last in the game. After 92 pitches, Corcoran ended his day with four strikeouts while surrendering eight hits and five earned runs. He would end up with the win.
In the last three innings, the Pitt bullpen faced only 10 hitters. Quin Konuszewski, Brady Devereoux and C.J. McKennitt combined to throw three strikeouts and surrender only two hits in the final three innings.
Pitt won the game 11-5 from 16 hits. Only one Pitt hitter failed to reach base but even he, Brock Franks, ended the day with a RBI. Seven of Pitt’s nine hitters had at least two hits, and six of Pitt’s hitters crossed home plate. Offensively it was as strong as a game could be for Pitt.
Pitt will head to High Point (4-8) this upcoming Wednesday before starting conference play at No. 21 North Carolina (11-1) with a three-game series this weekend. North Carolina is undefeated (11-0) at home this season.