Point Park drops two KIAC games at Alice Lloyd (Ky.) to begin weekend series
March 22, 2013 at 9:45 p.m. ET
Don McDuffee had four hits in eight at-bats in Friday's doubleheader. Photo by Kevin Taylor.
PIPPA PASSES, Ky. -- Point Park University's offense scored only one run on the day as the Pioneers lost both games of a KIAC baseball doubleheader at Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College, 4-0 and 2-1 on Friday. The Pioneers (9-11, 2-4 KIAC) continue the series at Alice Lloyd (9-12, 4-2 KIAC) with two more games on Saturday beginning at 12 p.m. ET.
Point Park got only four hits and was shut out in the opener by Alice Lloyd's Neil Dillon, who spun a complete game. He struck out five and walked one. Point Park could not come up with the big hit as it was 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
Alice Lloyd was up, 4-0, after three innings as it got two in the first and two in the third. Jake Bales was 2 for 2 with two RBIs, and he delivered two-out RBIs in the first and third innings.
Point Park starter Sean Clark took the loss in four innings for work. He gave up four runs, nine hits and three walks. Clark also struck out one before Josh Brooks took over the last two innings. Brooks picked up three strikeouts and did not allow a hit.
Jordan Crowell, who moved up to the No. 3 spot in the batting order, had two of the Pioneers' four hits with both being doubles. The Pioneers left men at first and second in the second. Crowell doubled with less than two outs in the fourth and sixth innings but could not be punched home. Finally, Point Park left the bases loaded in the seventh.
Point Park had some early offense in game two as lead-off man Don McDuffee doubled and scored on Crowell's RBI groundout in the top of the first, But that turned out to be the only run of the game for the Pioneers. McDuffee had been sacrificed to third by Rob Novia.
The Pioneers held on to the 1-0 lead until the fifth, as pitcher Manny Perdomo held Alice Lloyd off the scoreboard until then. Perdomo went all six innings and gave up four hits. He struck out seven but also walked six.
Alice Lloyd tied things up at 1-1 in the fifth when Trae Minton singled, stole second and scored on Brandon Arnold's RBI base hit with two outs. Perdomo hadn't allowed any of his walked batters to score the first five innings until a couple of walks put a runner in scoring position for Ben Ray's go-ahead single in the sixth. That run also came with two outs, just like the inning before.
Point Park got the potential tying run on with McDuffee's two-out single in the seventh, but he was stranded. McDuffee was 3 for 4 in the second game and was 4 for 8 on the day.
Winning pitcher Wyatt Sparks tossed a complete game, and he retired seven of the last eight men he faced. He struck out four, walked two and gave up six hits.
Point Park could once again not find the big hit as it was another 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position.