Point Park concludes series at Rio Grande with two losses by 1-0
May 4, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. ET
Point Park catcher Tyler Cattapan awaits a throw while Rio Grande's Kirk Yates scores the winning run in Game 1. Photo by Rio Grande Sports Information.
RIO GRANDE, Ohio -- Point Park University's bats went silent versus Rio Grande pitching on Sunday as the RedStorm won both ends of a non-conference baseball doubleheader, each by a score of 1-0.
Point Park (40-16, 16-4 KIAC), ranked No. 19 in the NAIA Top 25, was held to three hits in the first game and lost on Luis Jimenez's walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh that scored Kirk Yates.
In the second game, Rio Grande (24-31) scored its only run on a dropped outfield flyball with two outs in the bottom of the third, and it stood up to give the hosts a 3-2 series win in the weekend series.
Point Park got only seven total hits in the two games on Sunday to spoil the strong pitching on the side of the Pioneers. Nathan Sphon (3-4) went all 6.1 innings in the first game, and Jimenez's game-winning hit with one out in the bottom of the seventh was one of only five hits he gave up.
Sphon struck out three, walked none and once again did not get much offensive support, something that has been common in his starts. He and Rio Grande's Ryan Christophel got into a pitcher's duel that lasted only 1 hour and 19 minutes.
Christophel (4-1) gave up only three hits in 7.0 innings, and he allowed only three Point Park base runners. He struck out three and walked none.
Point Park's Jake Horew (6-2) joined Sphon as a hard-luck loser on the day although he gave up zero earned runs in his five innings of work. He yielded six hits, struck out one and walked two. The only run scored on a dropped fly ball in the third. Jon Corcoran worked a scoreless sixth inning to keep Point Park within a run.
The Pioneers had only four hits versus Kyle Miller, who threw a complete game with three strikeouts and three walks. All seven of the Pioneers' base runners were left on.
Point Park had runners on in every inning and left a least one runner on base in six of the seven innings. Runners reached scoring position in four of the seven innings, but none got past second base.
The Pioneers conclude the regular season with a home game versus PSU-Greater Allegheny on Thursday, May 8 at 1 p.m. at Point Park Field at Green Tree Park.
The Pioneers open the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round May 12, and they will learn their site assignment when the national tournament bracket is announced May 9 at 8 p.m. ET
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