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Baseball Recap

Deitsch pitches Red Storm past No. 19 Point Park, 5-1, with 10 Ks

May 3, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. ET

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Ossie Alfonzo hit his fifth homer of the year to give Point Park a 1-0 lead in the third. Photo by Jackie Eigner.

Game Recap By Rio Grande Sports Information

RIO GRANDE, Ohio - Michael Deitsch made the final start of his collegiate career one to remember.

The senior right-hander from Cincinnati, Ohio fired a complete game four-hitter and tied a season-high with 10 strikeouts, leading the University of Rio Grande to a 5-1 win over Point Park (Pa.) University, Friday afternoon, in non-conference baseball action at Bob Evans Field.

The RedStorm, who snapped a three-game losing streak, improved to 22-29 with the victory.

Point Park, ranked No. 19 in the latest NAIA coaches poll and coming off a Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament title, had a five-game winning streak snapped in falling to 38-14 overall. The Pioneers had won 22 of their previous 24 outings.

It was the continuation of the regular season for both teams. Point Park will not begin the NAIA national tournament until May 12 after its KIAC Tournament championship last week. The weekend series at Rio Grande was added to the Pioneers' schedule after the KIAC title.

"It was nice to see Mike end his career on a high note by beating a ranked opponent," said Rio Grande head coach Brad Warnimont. "We need to continue to build momentum going into next season and, hopefully, this weekend can springboard that given that we're playing a quality opponent like Point Park."

The only real blemish on the pitching line of Deitsch (4-5) was the leadoff home run he surrended to Ossie Alfonzo in the top of the third inning which gave the Pioneers what proved to be a short-lived 1-0 lead. The complete game lowered Deitsch's ERA to 3.49.

Rio Grande tied the game in the bottom of the inning when junior Grant Tamane (Pickering, Ontario, Canada) reached on a one-out single, stole second and scored on a two-out hit by junior Anthony Knittel (Portsmouth, OH).

The RedStorm then took the lead for good and broke open a 1-1 game with three runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Consecutive singles by freshmen Carlos Flores (Guayanilla, Puerto Rico), Clark Rice (Louisa, KY) and junior Kevin Arroyo loaded the bases with no outs, setting the stage for a sacrifice fly to right by Tamane. Sophomore Kirk Yates (Chillicothe, OH) followed with a two-run double to left-center to make it 4-1.

Rio tacked on an insurance run in the eighth when freshman Luis Jimenez (Salinas, Puerto Rico) led off with a walk, stole second, was bunted over to third and scored on a single by Flores.

Meanwhile, aside from the leadoff homer by Alfonzo in the third inning, Point Park had just one other runner advance beyond first base - also in the third inning.

Tom Birko reached on a one-out walk and reached third on a groundout and a wild pitch by Deitsch, but was left stranded when Javy Marticorena grounded to third to end the inning.

Jimenez and Flores both had two hits to lead Rio Grande offensively.

Manny Perdomo started and suffered just his second loss in 10 decisions for the Pioneers. He allowed eight hits and four runs, while walking three and fanning six over seven innings.

Alfonzo's home run was the lone extra-base hit for Point Park and no Pioneer had more than one hit.

The two teams will continue their five-game weekend series on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Both games will be seven-inning contests.

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