Point Park baseball takes two from NCAA Division II West Virginia State
April 1, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. ET
Jordan Crowell was 6 for 6 with a HR, 3 RBIs and 3 runs in the doubleheader at WV State. Photo by Jackie Eigner.
INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- Point Park University baseball won two non-conference games at NCAA Division II West Virginia State on Tuesday afternoon, 5-2 and 9-3, to keep its win streak going at six games and improve to 22-11 on the year.
The Pioneers had 23 hits on the day and had six different pitchers get good work in while combining for just four earned runs in the two games.
Point Park picked up the non-conference games in the schedule due to recent rainouts, and it will get back into KIAC play this weekend with a four-game series versus Alice Lloyd (Ky.) at home Friday and Saturday.
The Pioneers are back to receiving votes in the NAIA Baseball Top 25 Poll that was released Tuesday. Point Park checks in at No. 38 this week after dropping out of the rankings two weeks ago.
The good play continued for the Pioneers at West Virginia State (14-10), and senior left fielder Jordan Crowell led the offense by going 6 for 6 with a home runs and three RBIs on the day. He was 3 for 3 in each game, including a solo homer to lead off the fifth inning of Game 1 and tie the score at 2-2.
Crowell's homer was his second tying hit of the game. Earlier, his RBI single in the second pulled the Pioneers even at 1-1.
Point Park starter Alex Mateo got four innings of work and took a no-decision. Mateo and Game 2 starter Nathan Sphon had their last starts rained out versus Berea (Ky.) on Sunday, and their outings at WV State ended when they reached a pre-determined pitch count.
Mateo struck out three, walked one and gave up two runs (one earned). Jon Corcoran came in for 2.0 innings of middle relief and got the win with only two hits allowed. He kept the score 2-2 until the Pioneers put up three runs in the top of the seventh.
Yuliecer Arias provided the eventual winning runs on a two-run single, and Javy Marticorena padded the lead to 5-2 by following right after with an RBI single of his own.
Toby Eigner came in to close out the bottom of the seventh for his fourth save of the year.
In Game 2, Point Park banged out 15 hits with a consistent offense all game long. The Pioneers scored in six of the seven innings. Arias was 3 for 4 with an RBI double in the top of the first. Marticorena was 2 for 4 with an RBI double in the first and a run-scoring single in the second.
Michael DeJesus was also 3 for 4 with an RBI, and his double knocked in a run in the second as Point Park led, 4-0, after two times at bat.
Crowell was once again 3 for 3 and picked up an RBI in the sixth on one of his three singles. Tyler Cattapan knocked in two runs in the game, and Shane Conley knocked in a run with a base hit in the seventh.
West Virginia State got its three runs on three solo homers by Anthony Payne, Andrew Pickering and Eric Craft in the first, sixth and seventh innings. The Yellow Jackets totaled 10 hits, but the three Point Park pitchers limited the damage.
Sphon went 1.2 innings and gave up three hits before having to come out. Jake Horew pitched the middle 4.1 innings and got the win to improve to 5-0 with five hits against.
Horew, a freshman from Chartiers Valley HS, did give up his first earned run of the year on a solo homer in the sixth, but his ERA is still only 0.28. Horew started his college career with 31.1 innings without allowing an earned run.
Jarrad Brown pitched the final inning as the Pioneers got four starting pitchers and their top two relievers some action in the non-conference doubleheader.