No. 22 Point Park erases early deficit for 6-3 win at Pikeville (Ky.)
April 16, 2014 at 11:10 p.m. ET
SS Yuliecer Arias was 2 for 5 with a key, two-run double in the 6-3 win at Pikeville (Ky.). Photo by Sam Robinson.
PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- No. 22 Point Park University erased an early deficit and scored the game's final six runs for a 6-3, non-conference baseball victory at the University of Pikeville (Ky.) on Wednesday.
The Pioneers (32-12, 14-4 KIAC) fell behind, 3-0, after two innings, but they steadily pecked away at the lead before finally going ahead in the seventh inning keyed by a two-run double from senior shortstop Yuliecer Arias, who was 2 for 5 with two RBIs.
Point Park had hitting up and down the lineup as all nine starters had at least one hit in the 12-hit attack. The runs eventually came, too, and it was winning pitcher Jake Horew (6-1) who hung in there after giving up the three-spot in the bottom of the second.
Horew, a freshman right-hander from Oakdale, Pa., and Chartiers Valley High School, gave up three of his eight hits in the second, the final one of which was a two-run single with two outs by Zach Nothwehr to make it 3-0.
But Horew settled in and held Pikeville (21-24) down from there. He got the victory in seven innings with four strikeouts and two walks. The single game was scheduled for nine innings, and it was Jarrad Brown and Toby Eigner who each pitched a scoreless inning out of the bullpen to close it out. Eigner, the Pioneers' closer, picked up his fifth save.
Point Park got on the board in the third when Shane Conley singled, stole second and scored on Tom Birko's RBI single. Conley was 2 for 3 and scored two runs.
The Pioneers pecked away again in the sixth when Javy Marticorena and Oscar Romero both singled followed by a walk to Michael DeJesus to load the bases. Jordan Crowell then grounded into a double play to produce a run and cut it to 3-2.
Point Park took the lead for good with three runs in the top of the seventh. Ossie Alfonzo and Conley both singled to get the rally going, and the tying run scored on an error after Birko reached on a fielder's choice. Arais followed with his two-run double for the 5-3 lead.
The Pioneers added an insurance run in the eighth when Tyler Cattapan singled, moved to third on Alfonzo's double and scored on Stefan MrKonja's pinch-hit sacrifice fly.
Pikeville, which matched Point Park with 12 hits, got two hits each off of Brown in the eighth and Eigner in the ninth. The Bears had one out and runners at second and third in the bottom of the ninth, but Eigner got two groundouts in a row to leave the tying run at the plate.
Point Park's road trip continues Thursday when it travels to Milligan (Tenn.) College. The Pioneers play the Buffaloes (19-16) for a doubleheader at 2 p.m. No Live Stats will be available for that game as previously advertised.
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