Point Park keeps win streak going with 14-6 win over PSU-Greater Allegheny
April 10, 2013 at 11:15 p.m. ET
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University kept its baseball win streak going with Wednesday's 14-6 victory over visiting Penn State-Greater Allegheny at Point Park Field at Green Tree Park. The Pioneers have now won 16 in a row after the rain-shortened game that was scheduled for nine innings ended in the top of the seventh when the rain hit Green Tree on Wednesday afternoon.
Point Park (25-11, 12-4 KIAC), which is hitting an amazing .417 as a team during its 16-game win streak, got another 14 runs and 11 hits versus PSU-Greater Allegheny (15-14). Point Park scored in every inning, including a big five-spot in the third to take the lead for good, 7-5, and respond to a five-run uprising by the Lions in the top half of that inning.
Junior right-hander Toby Eiger got the win in what went for a complete game at 6.1 innings total. He got a groundout in the top of the seventh before the lightning and the rain came. Eiger, from Marathon, Fla., gave up 10 hits, although six of them came in the third when PSU-Greater Allegheny put up five runs for a 5-2 lead.
But Point Park was hardly done at the plate as it had more than enough for a comeback. Javy Marticorena continued his hot hitting and was 3 for 4 with two RBIs. He ripped an RBI single to get the big third inning started. Two batters later, Tom Birko singled and advanced to third on an outfield error as two more runs came home.
The third inning continued with run-scoring singles from Tom Pasinski and Ossie Alfonzo. Pasinski was 2 for 3 with an RBI, and Birko was 1 for 1 with three walks and four runs scored. Leading hitter Jordan Crowell did not get pitched to with two walks and a hit batter, but he scored four runs like Birko. Don McDuffee also had two hits and an RBI.
Things got sloppy in the field for PSU-Greater Allegheny as Point Park tacked on three unearned runs in the fourth for a 10-5 lead. The Lions made five errors in all, including three that inning. Another three runs came in the seventh.
Point Park will take its 16-game win streak, which is the longest current one in NAIA baseball, into this weekend's KIAC home series versus IU Southeast (10-5 KIAC). Point Park hosts IU Southeast for doubleheaders at 1 p.m. on Friday and 12 p.m. on Saturday at Point Park Field at Green Tree Park.
The Pioneers and Grenadiers will be playing for a KIAC Regular Season title in the series. Point Park needs two wins in the four-game series to win first place and the No. 1 seed in the KIAC Tournament, which will be held April 24-27 at pre-determined site IU Southeast.
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