No. 19 Point Park splits two games on Day 3 at RussMatt Central FL Invite
March 3, 2014
Tom Birko was 2 for 2 with a key RBI single in the 3-1 win over Evangel (Mo.) on Monday. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
LAKE MYRTLE, Fla. -- Winning pitcher Jon Corcoran allowed just one run on two hits over five innings to help No. 19 Point Park baseball to a 3-1 victory over NAIA Evangel (Mo.) on Day 3 of the Pioneers' stay at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational on Monday.
Corcoran, a senior right-hander from Fox Chapel, Pa., got the first win as a starter in his career. He came up big when the Pioneers (5-6) needed a strong start. Point Park started the day with a 10-6 loss to Cornerstone (Mich.). The Pioneers fell behind, 9-4, and used three pitchers in that opening game.
But Corcoran allowed just two singles in his outing and allowed just one runner past second base. Corcoran struck out a career-high six batters and handed the 3-1 lead over to closer Toby Eigner, who picked the the save the last two innings. Eigler retired all six batters he faced and recorded six strikeouts.
Leading, 1-0, after Evangel (5-4) walked in a run in the third, Point Park got the eventual winning runs in the fourth. Michael DeJesus, who was 2 for 3 with two runs, singled in the fourth to put runners at first and second. Both runners moved up on a passed ball, and Shane Conley pushed across the eventual winning run on a groudout.
Tom Birko, who was 2 for 2, added an RBI single to make it 3-0. The Pioneers had five hits as team, but the pitching made it stand up.
In the first game of the day, Cornerstone (6-3) scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to stretch its lead out to 9-4. Point Park had cut it to 5-4 with two runs in the top of the sixth, but the Pioneers' bullpen could not hold off Cornerstone.
Jarrad Brown started and took the loss for Point Park. After Brown pitched two innings, Zach Zimmerman went 2.1 innings, and Stefan Mrkonja worked the final 1.2 innings. Cornerstone totaled 10 runs on nine hits.
Jordan Crowell was 2 for 3 for the Pioneers, and his RBI base hit tied the score at 2-2 in the third. Yuliecer Arias was hitting in front of Crowell in the lineup, and he scored all three times he reached base. He was 1 for 2 with two walks.
Ossie Alfonzo and Tyler Cattapan each stroked an RBI single as the Pioneers put together two runs in their final at bat, but two men were left on base as the final score was 10-6.
After an off day on Tuesday, March 4, Point Park finishes up its trip to Florida with two games each on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Check back for updates throughout the week and follow the Pioneers on Twitter @PointParkSports and @PPUbaseball