Point Park's win streak reaches 11 with two KIAC victories over Brescia (Ky.)
April 6, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Manny Perdomo gave up no earned runs in six innings of Game 2 vs. Brescia (Ky.). Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University kept its win streak going and picked up two key home wins over Brescia (Ky.) University, 3-2 and 5-2, in KIAC baseball action at Point Park Field at Green Tree Park on Saturday.
The Pioneers (20-11, 10-4 KIAC) have now won 11 games in a row overall and eight in a row in KIAC play. Point Park had been doing things mainly on offense during its current win streak, but it got just a few hits when it had to in Saturday's wins.
That was combined with strong starting pitching from senior Sean Clark and junior Manny Perdomo, who each pitched six innings and combined to give up just two earned runs. Senior Ryan Loutsenhizer further established himself in the closing role as he pitched a scoreless seventh inning in both ends of the doubleheader to pick up two saves on the day.
The 3-2 win in Game 1 had a couple of key, two-out hits by the Pioneers to produce the offense. Don McDuffee stroked a two-run single in the second for an early, 2-0 lead.
After Brescia had cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the inning, the Pioneers re-gained the two-run lead with Rob Novia's RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the fourth.
Clark (4-3) got the win in six innings with three strikeouts, no walks and six hits. He worked effectively in and out of trouble to limit the damage and give up only two runs.
Brescia (18-22, 7-7 KIAC) had the bases loaded with one out in the fourth, and Clark limited the damage to only one run -- although it scored on a wild pitch.
The Bearcats had only one hit out of the infield the first five innings, but they produced three straight singles to start the sixth and load the bases with no outs. Once again, Clark did not allow the visitors to put up a crooked number as the only run that came home was on a groundout to short. That made it 3-2 after five and a half.
Loutsenhizer got the first two Brescia hitters of the seventh, and although the next two got on via an error and a base hit, he preserved the 3-2 win with a pop out to second.
Perdomo faced an early, 2-0 deficit in Game 2 as the Bearcats put up two unearned runs in the second. Perdomo had a hand in both since he missed a grounder back to the mound and also had a throwing error on a bunt attempt. That put runners at second and third with no outs, and a couple of groundouts to the right side each brought home a run.
But that was all the Brescia got versus Perdomo, who gave up five hits and no earned runs in six innings. The Miami, Fla., native struck out three and walked three.
The Point Park offense picked up Perdomo in erasing Brescia's 2-0 lead. Tom Pasinski led off the third with a single and scored from first on Ossie Alfonzo's RBI double. Novia's bunt moved up courtesy runner Austin Scotti, who scored on Chaz Russo's squeeze bunt to tie things at 2-2.
The Pioneers broke the tie in the fifth when Novia ripped a base hit up the middle and came home on McDuffee's double down the right-field line.
With the 3-2 lead, Perdomo seemed to get stronger as he picked up two of his three strikeouts in the sixth, his last inning of work. Point Park made it a 5-2 cushion for Loutsenhizer to work with in the seventh after Alfonzo's sacrifice fly and Novia's RBI single accounted for some insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Point Park and Brescia play another doubleheader on Sunday to conclude the four-game, KIAC series. Game time at Point Park Field at Green Tree Park is 11 a.m. The Pioneers hold a half-game lead over IU Southeast (10-5 KIAC), which visits Point Park for the final KIAC series of the year next weekend, for first place in the conference.
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