No. 25 Point Park drops wild game at NCAA Division II Seton Hill, 13-12
April 8, 2014 at 10:25 p.m. ET
Michael DeJesus hit his team-leading fourth home run of the year at Seton Hill. Photo by Sam Robinson.
GREENSBURG, Pa. -- NAIA No. 25 Point Park lost a wild game at NCAA Division II Seton Hill University, 13-12, on Tuesday in a non-conference game. The Pioneers (26-12, 10-4 KIAC), who are back in the national rankings at No. 25 in the NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll released Tuesday, had their 10-game win streak stopped when their furious rally came up short.
Seton Hill (25-9, 13-1 PSAC-W), which is ranked second this week in the National College Baseball Writers of America Atlantic Region Poll, won its 12th straight game and held of the Pioneers. The Griffins, who were one game away from the NCAA Division II World Series last year, used seven pitchers and brought in one of their top starters in the eighth and their closer in the ninth to put Point Park away.
Point Park fell behind 12-0, but Michael DeJesus' solo homer in the seventh inning was just the start of the late scoring for Point Park. The Pioneers got seven runs in the eighth inning, with five of them coming against one of Seton Hill's top starters, Brian Sullivan, who was brought into try to stop the rally.
Oscar Romero, who was 3 for 5 with a double, started the eighth-inning scoring with a run-scoring base hit. DeJesus followed with a two-run single for two of his three RBIs. DeJesus leads the Pioneers with four homers and 35 RBIs and was 2 for 3 and scored three runs.
The eighth inning continued with Tyler Cattapan being hit by a pitch to force in a run and Ossie Alfonzo ripping a two-RBI single. Shane Conley, who transferred from Seton Hill, also brought in a run with a bunt single.
Point Park trailed, 13-8, going into its last at bat, and a double by Romero and a walk to DeJesus set up Cattapan's RBI single. Alfonzo, who was 2 for 4 with four RBIs, then stroked another single that drove in two runs.
Conley then added an RBI single to cut it to 13-12, and on his steal attempt to get the tying run in scoring position, a batter's interference call with Tom Birko up ended the game. Conley was 2 for 5 with two RBIs.
Jake Horew got the start for Point Park and lasted three innings. Jarrad Brown came in for two innings, as did Jon Corcoran. Closer Toby Eigner was the fourth pitcher to work for the Pioneers. Seton Hill used seven pitchers.
Seton Hill totaled 16 hits with Chris Miller going 3 fo4 4 with three RBIs, including a three-run double in the third. Nick Sell came up next with a two-run homer for a 6-0 lead.
Point Park's next game will be Thursday at Pitt-Greensburg, a 9-inning game at 4 p.m. that was added to the schedule on Tuesday. The Pioneers host Asbury this weekend, April 11-12 for their final KIAC series of the year.
For the NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll (April 8) with Point Park No. 25, click here.