#6 Point Park picks up two wins at WVU Tech to end first trip south, 9-0 & 7-5
Feb. 25, 2013 at 8:30 p.m. ET
Jonathan Tasis was 3 for 6 with a HR, 2B and 5 RBI in the DH at WVU Tech. Photo by Evan Schall.
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- NAIA No. 6 Point Park University picked up a pair of non-conference baseball victories at West Virginia Tech on Monday by scores of 9-0 and 7-5. Point Park (2-2) ends its first trip south with a .500 record and will now move on to its annual spring trip to Florida, where it will play 10 games in the sunshine state March 3-8.
The Pioneers scored seven runs in the fourth through sixth innings of Game 1 to break open a game that was 2-0 before that. Point Park led Game 2, 6-1, but had to hold on for the 7-5 win versus WVU Tech (2-9).
Junior third baseman Jonathan Tasis (Miami, Fla.) had a big day at the plate for Point Park going 3 for 6 with a home run, a double and five RBIs in the doubleheader. Senior right fielder Don McDuffee (Champaign, Ill.) also had a big day from the leadoff spot with a 3-for-6 perfrormance and four RBIs.
On the mound, junior right-hander Manny Perdomo (Miami, Fla.) took care of things in Game 1 with six shut-out innings. Perdomo gave up four hits and blanked the Golden Bears with four strikeouts and two walks.
In Game 2, senior Austin Pressly (Arcanum, Ohio) got the start and went 3.2 innings. He left the game with a 6-1 lead, and although a couple of more runs were charged to him, freshman Michael Cetta (Miami, Fla.) earned the save by closing things out the last 3.2 innings.
Pressly, a transfer from West Virginia University, gave up only three hits but struggled with control with five walks and three strikeouts. He was charged with three runs. Cetta, a transfer from Florida State University, gave up two runs on five hits in his outing. Cetta struck out four and walked two.
McDuffee got Game 1 going with a two-run triple for a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Junior shortstop Chaz Russo (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), who was 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run, came up with a run-scoring single in the fourth, and McDuffee followed that with a fielder's choice that produced a run.
The Pioneers added three runs on two hits and an error in the fifth, and Tasis had the key hit, an RBI single. Two runs came in in the sixth for a 9-0 lead as Rob Novia (North Port, Fla.) singled and Tom Birko (Kennedy Twp., Pa.) and Marlon Leyva (Miami, Fla.) walked. After Novia scored on a wild pitch, Ossie Alfonzo (Miami, Fla.), then ripped a sac fly for one of his two RBIs.
Perdomo worked 1-2-3 innings in the second and third innings, and although he gave up a one-out single in the fourth, it was quickly erased with an inning-ending double play. Perdomo also set WVU Tech down in order in the fifth as he was in a major groove the middle innings.
In Game 2, Point Park took control early. Tasis knocked in two runs after reaching on an error, and McDuffee added an RBI single in the second. The three-run fourth inning was highlighted by Novia's RBI base hit and Tasis' solo homer to center field for a 6-1 lead.
In the fifth, Tyler Cattapan (Aurora, Ont.) got on base with a single, and Tasis brought home courtesy runner Austin Scotti (Pittsburgh, Pa.) with a double for a 7-3 lead.
WVU Tech got a single run in the fifth to cut the lead to 7-4, and it could have been more, but the inning ended with an 8-4 putout following an RBI single. In the sixth, Cetta got out of a bases-loaded jam and kept the score at 7-5 with the help of a 2-6-2-5-6 putout in a rundown to end the frame.
The seventh was much easier for Cetta, who got a groundout to the mound, a strikeout and a groundout to short in order.
Point Park is off until its trip to the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational March 3-8. There, the Pioneers will play eight games in the Central Florida area before stopping off at Daytona Beach March 8 on the way back to play at NAIA No. 7 Embry-Riddle. The games in Central Florida are highlighted by dates with #24 Madonna (Mich) and RV Davenport (Mich.).
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