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Pitt baseball wins opener over Niagara, 19-10

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Even though it's winter around these parts with snow on the ground, Pitt's baseball team opened its season on Friday in Vero Beach, FL. The Panthers were victorious, picking up a 19-10 win with the offense having a big day.

Three Panthers hit home runs in the rout and five had at least two RBI. Catcher Alex Kowalczyk and second baseman David Yanni both led the way with a homer and four RBI each.

While the offense had a huge game, the pitching showed there's some work to be done. Starter Collin Liberatore struck out eight batters in only five innings, but also allowed four earned runs. Relievers Clayton Morell and Blair Lewis gave up a combined six earned runs in only three total innings. It should be noted, though, that two of those guys (Liberatore and Lewis) are freshmen. Still, allowing ten runs against Niagara isn't a great showing.

Pitt continues its season with games against Toledo and Ohio State on Saturday before facing Niagara again on Sunday.

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