@PPUBaseball splits on opening day at Bryan (Tenn.), wins 4-2, loses 8-6
Feb. 21, 2014
Manny Perdomo got the win in Game 1 with a complete-game four-hitter. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
DAYTON, Tenn. -- Senior right-hander Manny Perdomo gave up only one earned run in a complete-game effort and senior second baseman Tom Birko homered and hit a sacrifice fly in a season-opening, 4-2, win at Bryan (Tenn.) for the Point Park University baseball team on Friday.
The NAIA No. 19 Pioneers (1-1) dropped the second game of the doubleheader, 8-6, to earn a split on the first day of the season. Bryan, a fellow NAIA member, is now 5-8 on the year.
Perdomo, from Miami, Fla., went all seven innings and gave up only four hits in what was his first opening-day start for Point Park. Only one of the two runs he gave up was earned, and although he got into some early trouble, he effectively used the strikeout and double play to get out of some jams.
Perdomo (1-0) notched six strikeouts on the day, and although his five walks put extra runners on, he kept Point Park ahead in part by getting double plays to leave two men stranded in the first and leave the bases loaded in the fifth, the latter of which maintained a 3-2 lead for the Pioneers.
Birko's solo homer in the third was the first run of the season for the Pioneers and gave them a 1-0 lead. Birko added a sacrifice fly in the fourth, and another run scored on an error that inning as the Pioneers built a 3-1 lead.
Bryan (Tenn.) committed four errors in Game 1, and Point Park was the beneficiary of more trouble in the top half of the seventh as a hit batter with the bases loaded gave the Pioneers an insurance run and a 4-2 lead.
The lead was in good hands with Perdomo, who after getting the double play to end the fifth, returned the side in order in the sixth and seventh innings.
The Pioneers totaled six hits in the opening game with six different players getting one hit each.
Game 2 did not start well for the Pioneers, who fell behind 7-2 after three innings. Bryan struck for three runs in the top of the first. All three of those runs were unearned as Point Park starter Isaiah Marsh retired the first two batters he faced, but the third reached on an infield error to extend the inning.
Grant Zawadzki did the early damage with a two-run double after two were out in the first. The third run in the opening inning came around on an error by Marsh.
Point Park got back into it with a couple of runs in the third to get within 4-2. Javy Marticorena hit an RBI double and Jonathan Tasis forced in a run with a walk. There were three hits, two walks and a hit batter in the inning, but the Pioneers missed a chance to get closer when they left the bases loaded.
Bryan wasted no time in extending the lead to 7-2 with three runs on four hits in the bottom of the third. The Lions strung together four singles in the inning, the last two of which were by Crandon Wallace and Cody Rhinehart to drive in runs.
Trailing 8-2, Point Park put two runs on the board in the fifth and sixth innings and had the tying run to the plate in the seventh but had its comeback come up short, 8-6.
Point Park had seven hits, and Marticorena, Oscar Romero and Tyler Cattapan had two each to combine for six of the hits. Cattapan poked a two-run double in the fifth after Jordan Crowell and Romero had walked.
In the sixth, Marticorena delivered his second RBI double of the day to bring home Michael DeJesus, who had doubled earlier in the inning. Two batters later, Romero drove in Marticorena with a single to cut the lead to 8-6.
Marticorena was 2 for 4 with two RBIs, Romero was 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs, and Cattapan went 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
Bryan collected 11 hits off two Point Park pitchers. Marsh (0-1) gave up seven runs on seven hits in three innings. Point Park made two errors, which made three of the runs unearned.
Reliever Jon Corcoran took over for the last three innings. The only run he gave up was on a solo homer by Tyler Lanthan, the first batter he faced. Corcoran gave up four hits, struck out three and walked two.
Bryan used four pitchers with none of them going more than 2.1 innings.
Point Park and Bryan finish the four-game series with a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. Follow Live Stats of both games at the links below
Point Park at Bryan (Tenn.) -- Sat., Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. (DG)
Game 1 -- Live Stats
Game 2 -- Live Stats
Check back for box scores of Friday's games when available. Runs, Hits and Errors for both teams from Friday listed below.
Point Park -- 4 6 2
Bryan -- 2 4 4
Point Park -- 6 7 2
Bryan -- 8 11 0