Point Park keeps win streak, offense going in 17-9 win at Salem International
April 1, 2013 at 10:00 p.m. ET
Rob Novia (left) was 5 for 5 with a double and three RBIs in Monday's win. Photo by Kevin Taylor.
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. -- Point Park University extended its win streak to seven games and kept its offense rolling with Monday's 17-9, non-conference baseball victory at Salem International (W.Va.).
Point Park is now 16-11 overall after its seven consecutive wins. The Pioneers' offense has come alive during the streak and is averaging 11.2 runs per game the last seven outings. Point Park has scored 17, 20, 7, 8 and 12 runs its last five games and also had an 11-0 victory to start the win streak.
Rob Novia, a left fielder from North Port, Fla., had a career day at the plate going 5 for 5 with a double and three RBIs. He ripped a two-run double during Point Park's four-run fourth inning. Earlier, Ossie Alfonzo had stroked a two-RBI single.
Don McDuffee, a right fielder from Champaign, Ill., also had a big day on offense going 4 for 5 with five RBIs, two runs and two doubles. His sacrifice fly capped off a four-run fifth that gave the Pioneers a 10-0 lead. McDuffee drove in two runs with a double in the seventh for a 14-1 lead. The seventh was the third time in the game that the Pioneers scored four runs in an inning.
Tom Pasinski was 3 for 5 with an RBI and a couple of runs. Marlon Leyva was on base four times and scored four runs. He had two singles and drew two walks. Chaz Russo and Tom Birko also had two hits apiece as the Pioneers totaled 22 hits.
Bryan Lopez, a junior left-hander from Salinas, Puerto Rico, started for Point Park and got the victory in seven strong innings. Lopez (2-0) struck out eight, walked two and left with a 14-2 lead. Lopez scattered six hits to remain perfect in two starts.
Jon Corcoran, Toby Eigner and Michael Cetta combined to pitch the last two innings in the game, which went the entire nine innings that it was scheduled for. Those three combined to give up seven runs with four of them being earned.
Salem International (7-21) scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth as Point Park made two of its three total errors. The Tigers ended up with 14 hits.
Point Park was scheduled to host Clarion on Tuesday, April 2, but the non-conference doubleheader was pushed back to Thursday, April 4 at home. The Pioneers next play on Wednesday, April 3 at PSU-Beaver.
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