#6 Point Park clubs Cornerstone (Mich.) and Clarke (Iowa) on Day 4 in Florida
March 7, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Junior catcher Ossie Alfonzo was 6 for 8 with 5 RBIs in the two wins on Thursday. Photo by Kevin Taylor.
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WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- NAIA No. 6 Point Park University baseball out-hit its opponents, 27-5, in picking up a pair of wins in a split doubleheader Thursday and the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. The Pioneers (7-5) blanked Cornerstone (Mich.), 16-0, and then beat Clarke (Iowa), 7-1.
Point Park got two great starting pitching performances as Bryan Lopez and Isaiah Marsh both went six innings to get the victories in Game 1 and 2, repsectively. Lopez, a junior left-hander from Puerto Rico, and Marsh, a junior righty from Clear Brook, Va., both retired the first nine batters they faced and settled into grooves in the middle innings.
In the win over Cornerstone (2-8), Point Park totaled 16 hits and put a crooked number on the board in six of the seven innings. Junior catcher Ossie Alfonzo was 4 for 5 with five RBIs, and junior DH Javy Marticorena was 4 for 5 with an RBI and three runs.
Senior left fielder Rob Novia went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and three runs, and senior right fielder Don McDuffee had two hits and two runs. All of that was more than enough for Lopez, a transfer from Iowa Lakes CC who made his debut with the Pioneers.
Lopez tossed six shut-out innings and yielded only two hits. He struck out six and walked three. The only time he faced trouble was in the sixth. Although the bases were loaded with no outs, he got out of it unscathed with a 1-2-3 double play and a flyout.
The Pioneers got the offense going right from the start with three runs in the top of the first. Novia, Marticorena and Alfonzo all doubled in the inning. The four-run second was highlighted by a two-run single from Novia and Alfonzo's RBI base hit.
Tom Pasinski knocked in two runs with his single in the fourth, and the four-run fifth was keyed by a bases-loaded double by Alfonzo that brought in three runs.
The 7-1 win over Clarke was scoreless through four innings. The Pioneers struck for four runs in the top of the fifth and took their 7-1 lead with three more in the sixth. Marsh was excellent in his six innings, giving up only one hit. Marsh got 11 of his 18 outs on groundouts, and he totaled two strikeouts and three walks.
Point Park pounded out another 11 hits, but unlike the game earlier in the day, they did it with small ball versus Clarke. The four-run rally in the fifth included five singles and a squeeze bunt. After Alfonzo and Pasinski started things with a pair of base hits, Jonathan Tasis drove in a run with a single. A squeeze bunt by Chaz Russo brought home a run, and that was followed by RBI singles from McDuffee and Novia.
Point Park loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth after a double by Marticorena, a walk to Marlon Leyva and a base hit by Alfonzo. Two batters later, Tasis delivered a run-scoring single for Russo, who again squeezed a run home with a bunt. McDuffee's base knock rounded out the RBIs.
McDuffee was 3 for 4 with a couple of RBIs in Game 2 as he had five hits on the day. Aflonzo was 2 for 3 in the nightcap to finish off the day 6 for 8 with five RBIs. Leyva and Tasis were also both 2 for 3, and Russo knocked in a pair of runs with his squeezes.
Point Park is done with its stay at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational but will have a big matchup in Daytona Beach on its way back home. The Pioneers will stop off to play NAIA No. 7 Embry-Riddle for a doubleheader at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 8. The match-up of 2012 NAIA World Series teams will have Live Video and Live Stats courtesy of ERAU athletics.
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