No. 25 Point Park pounds Pitt-Greensburg, 20-9, in non-conference game
April 10, 2014 at 10:30 p.m. ET
Tom Birko was 4 for 7 with a HR and 6 RBIs in the win at Pitt-Greensburg. Photo by Sam Robinson.
GREENSBURG, Pa. -- No. 25 Point Park University pounded Pitt-Greensburg, 20-9, in a non-conference baseball game on Thursday.
The Pioneers (27-12, 10-4 KIAC) collected 21 hits versus Pitt-Greensburg (10-9), and it was senior second baseman Tom Birko who led the way by going 4 for 7 with a home run and six RBIs.
Javy Marticorena was 3 for 4 with a home run, two doubles and four RBIs, and his two-run homer in the second inning gave Point Park the lead for good, 6-5.
Pitt-Greensburg scored five runs in the bottom of the first for a 5-0 lead, but Point Park responded the next half inning. Birko opened the flood gates for Point Park when his two-out single scored two to make the score 5-2.
Yuliecer Arias, who was 3 for 7 with two RBIs, ripped a two-run double after Birko's base hit. The next batter was Marticorena with his second homer of the year.
Point Park's clearnup hitter, Oscar Romero, was 4 for 7 with two doubles and four RBIs. The No. 5 hitter in the lineup, Michael DeJesus went 3 for 6 with a double and two RBIs. Jordan Crowell hit next and picked up a couple of hits.
All nine of Point Park's starters scored a run, led by Shane Conley, who walked twice and scored four times.
The Pioneers stretched the lead out to 20-9 with six runs in the top of the ninth when Birko drove in two with a single and Marticorena blasted a two-run double.
Jarrad Brown (3-1) got the victory for Point Park in six innings. He shook off the five-run first inning to to hold the Bobcats scoreless the next four innings.
Zach Zimmerman pitched the last three innings with two hits and only one run allowed. Zimmerman struck out three and walked none.
Billy Elliott was the first of three pitchers used by Pitt-Greensburg. He threw five innings with seven runs on nine hits.
Point Park returns to action on Friday and Saturday for a four-game series at home versus Asbury (Ky.). First pitch on Friday is 1 p.m. for a doubleheader at Point Park Field at Green Tree Park. Watch Live