Point Park baseball sweeps WVU Tech to get back on winning track: 3-0, 15-2
March 27, 2014
Jake Horew improved to 4-0 in four starts and still has a 0.00 ERA in 28 IP. Photo by Lauren Jones.
PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University baseball team swept visiting West Virginia Tech on Thursday, 3-0 and 15-2, as Jake Horew's remarkable start to his collegiate pitching career continued in Game 1, and the Pioneers banged out 18 hits in Game 2.
Point Park (18-11, 4-4 KIAC) was able to get back on the winning track after losing its last four games in a KIAC series at Brescia (Ky.) last weekend. The Pioneers have now beaten WVU Tech (7-14) 12 straight times dating back to the 2011 season and take their winning feeling to their KIAC, home series versus Berea this Saturday and Sunday.
Horew, a true freshman right-hander from Oakdale, Pa., and Chartiers Valley High School, improved to 4-0 in four starts and threw another complete game. Horew has gone the distance in all four of his starts and now has three shutouts to his name. He blanked WVU Tech on three hits, struck out four and walked one.
Horew has given up only three runs all year with all three being unearned. That means that he has started his collegiate career with 28 straight innings without giving up an earned run. This season, Horew has a 0.00 ERA, 15 strikeouts, six walks and opponents are hitting .165 against him.
Point Park scored all three of its runs in the sixth inning of the 3-0 win. The Pioneers had five hits in the game with the biggest one being a two-run single by Zach Zimmerman to make the score 3-0. The inning started with a walk and couple of errors, which allowed the first run to score.
Losing pitcher Jose Smetana held Point Park to four hits over five-plus innings before the walk and the errors started the trouble to open the sixth.
Hitting was not a problem for Point Park in Game 2 with the 15 runs coming on 18 hits. The Pioneers broke the game open with seven runs in the fourth inning for a 10-0 lead. Twelve batters came to the plate that inning with big hits coming on Yuliecer Arias' two-run double, Michael DeJesus' run-scoring single, Ossie Alfonzo's two-run double and Shane Conley's RBI base hit.
Point Park scored five more runs in the sixth to open up a 15-1 lead. DeJesus knocked in a couple more runs with a single to finish 3 for 5 with four RBIs. Brandon Savka also drove in a run with a base hit.
Other hitting stars for the Pioneers were Jordan Crowell at 4 for 5 with an RBI, Conley at 3 for 5 with an RBI and Tyler Cattapan at 2 for 4 with an RBI. Ten different players had a hit, and 10 different players had an RBI, including Arias with two.
Winning pitcher Jarrad Brown got the start for Point Park in Game 2 and improved to 2-1 with his second win in a row. It was the second start in a row in which Brown went six innings with only one earned run given up. He gave up six hits with WVU Tech stringing together three of them in the fifth for the only run against the Pioneers' starter.
Brown struck out three and walked one. Jon Corcoran pitched the seventh inning and gave up a homer to Zach Sizemore.
The Point Park-Berea series will have live streaming video on the Point Park Sports Network for all four games. Live Stats available on the Point Park athletics website.