No. 8 Tenn. Wesleyan pulls away late from No. 19 Point Park in Top 25 matchup
Feb. 23, 2014 at 11:00 p.m. ET
Ossie Alfonzo was 2 for 4 in the loss at No. 8 Tennessee Wesleyan on Sunday.
ATHENS, Tenn. -- No. 8 Tennessee Wesleyan scored a combined 10 runs in its final two at bats to defeat visiting No. 19 Point Park University, 13-2, in an NAIA Baseball Top 25 matchup on Sunday.
Tennessee Wesleyan (5-7-1) was leading, 3-0, through six innings when it scored four times in the seventh and six times in the eighth to stretch out the lead versus Point Park (1-4), which late in the game was at the end of its pitching with five games in three days.
Point Park starter Toby Eigner had a lot of runners reach base but limited the damage in his 5.1 innings. Eigner (0-1), a senior right-hander from Marathon, Fla., gave up seven hits, walked four and hit two batters but gave up just three runs, only two of which were earned.
Tennessee Wesleyan got a run in the first by virtue of a bases-loaded walk although there had been two outs and no one on. The Bulldogs went up 2-0 on Ryan Phillips' RBI single in the fourth. In the fifth, a hit batter with the bases loaded made it 3-0. All three of those runs versus Eigner came with two outs, and Tennessee Wesleyan scored 8 of 13 runs after two outs.
Tennessee Wesleyan strung together four hits to score its four runs versus the Point Park bullpen in the seventh. There was an error in the inning that made the final two runs unearned as the lead was 7-0.
Point Park did cut it to 7-2 in the top of the eighth with two runs that scored on errors. Javy Marticorena doubled and Oscar Romero singled before coming around to score the runs. The Pioneers had seven hits in the game with Ossie Alfonzo going 2 for 4.
The Bullogs stretched out the final margin in the eighth, which included a grand slam with two outs by Tim Kiene, who is rated by Baseball America as the No. 3 prospect in NAIA baseball. It was one of five runs scored with two outs in the eighth, with the other one coming home on a hit batter.
Tennessee Wesleyan starter Brent Adheen gave up just four hits in seven scoreless innings. He struck out eight and walked two to lower the ERA that was 1.42 to start the day.
Point Park is scheduled to play a doubleheader at West Virginia Tech on Monday, Feb. 24 at 12 p.m. Check online for updates on that the status of those games, which are in doubt due to weather.