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Baseball Recap

No. 19 Point Park settles for split at Shawnee State with Horew's 8-0 shutout

March 11, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. ET

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Point Park 1B Oscar Romero was 3 for 5 in Game 1 and had two RBIs in Game 2. Photo by Jackie Eigner.

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PORTSMOUTH, Ohio -- No. 19 Point Park University baseball came away with a doubleheader split at non-conference Shawnee State on Tuesday after freshman pitcher Jake Horew posted an 8-0 shutout in the second game. The Pioneers (10-7) lost the first game, 7-6, in 10 innings after getting 15 hits but leaving 16 men on base.

Horew, from Oakdale, Pa., and Chartiers Valley High School, tossed his second shutout in as many starts of his Point Park career, and this one game on three hits. Horew blanked Shawnee State (14-11) on three singles over seven innings, struck out three and walked three.

It was the fifth shutout in 17 games for the Point Park pitching staff and the second one for Horew. In is collegiate debut March 6, the true freshman held Benedictine-Springfield scoreless in a complete game, a 12-0 victory.

Point Park had plenty of opportunities in the first game, but Shawnee State eventually pushed across the winning run in the 10th inning of a game that was scheduled for seven.

Of the Pioneers' 16 men left on base, seven came in the three extra innings. There were two men left in scoring position in the eighth, the bases left loaded in the ninth and a man left at second in the top of the 10th.

In what turned into a battle of the bullpens in the extra innings, Shawnee State had a total of six pitchers see action, and Point Park's Jon Corcoran (1-1) ended up taking the loss in 3.1 innings of relief. He was the third pitcher to work for the Pioneers, who could have bailed their own bullpen out of the extra-inning game with some clutch hits with men on base late.

Point Park's 15 hits in Game 1 had three apiece from Yuliecer Arias, Oscar Romero and Stefan Mrkonja. Tom Birko drove in two runs, including a key RBI base hit as part of a four-run Point Park sixth inning that surged the Pioneers into 6-4 lead. Mrkonja and Javy Marticorena also drove in runs with singles in the rally.

But Shawnee State's Dalton Tinsley hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth -- his second home run of the game -- to tie things up at 6-6 and force extra innings.

Jonathan Tasis homered for Point Park for a 1-0 lead in the third. Pioneers starter Nathan Sphon got a no-decision in 5.0 innings, and his only mistake was a three-run homer by Tinsley that put the Bears up, 3-1, in the fourth. Sphon gave up five hits, struck out one and walked one.

Shawnee State had 14 hits of its own, and Corcoran worked out of some jams to keep the score tied and the extra innings going.

In Game 2, Point Park jumped on Shawnee State early for a 7-0 lead after three times at bat. The Pioneers put up three runs in the second with Marticorena starting things with a triple, which was followed by an RBI groundout for one of Ossie Alfonzo's two RBIs. Mrkonja had a run-scoring single later in the inning.

The Pioneers tacked on four more runs in the third with Alfonzo delivering an RBI single and Romero knocking in two with his base hit. Alfonzo and Romero each had two RBIs to lead the way.

That was plenty of Horew, who never allowed more than one hit in any inning.

Point Park's next games are the KIAC openers Friday and Saturday for a four-game series at IU Southeast. Follow Live Stats of the series on the NAIA Dakstats Webcast site: LIVE STATS