Point Park ends regular season at 35-13 overall and 26-2 in last 28 games
April 21, 2013 at 10:20 p.m. ET
Don McDuffee hit a 3-run homer in Game 2 at Pitt-Greensburg to break the game open. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
GREENSBURG, Pa. -- Point Park University ended its baseball regular season on Sunday with two wins at non-conference Pitt-Greensburg, 6-2 and 12-5. The victories send the Pioneers into the KIAC Tournament this coming week with a record of 35-13 overall and 26-2 in their last 28 games.
In their final tune-up before the postseason, the Pioneers racked up 24 hits on Sunday to raise their team average up to .343 -- good for third in the NAIA -- and a total of seven pitchers got work at Pitt-Greensburg (12-18).
In the first game, Point Park had three innings with two runs each to win, 6-2. Junior second baseman Tom Birko was 2 for 4 with three RBIs as he drove in a run with a single in the third and knocked in two runs with a base hit in the fifth.
Javy Marticorena was 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs, which included a sacrifice fly in the first inning. Marlon Leyva was 2 for 4 with a double. It was Marticorena's single and Leyva's double that set up Birko's RBI opportunity in the fifth.
The first inning also included a run coming home on an outfield error, and the third inning featured a bases-loaded walk to Tom Pasinski right after Birko's run-scoring hit. Chaz Russo chipped in two hits, and the Pioneers had nine as a team.
Three pitchers worked in Game 1, and Nate Sphon got the win in three innings. Josh Brooks pitched the next three innings with no runs on no hits, three strikeouts and no walks. Ryan Loutsenhizer worked the final inning with two strikeouts and one hit. Sphon gave up two runs on six hits, struck out three and walked none.
The Pioneers pounded Pitt-Greensburg pitching for 15 hits in the second game with sophomore third baseman Jordan Crowell leading the way at 3 for 5 with three RBIs. Crowell had RBI singles in the first, second and third innings as the Pioneers led, 9-2, after three times at bat.
The five-run third included a three-run homer by Don McDuffee, his first of the year. He was 2 for 3 with three RBIs. Ossie Alfonzo was 2 for 4 with two RBIs, and he delivered a run-scoring base hit to finish off the third and then again later on in the seventh. Leyva was 1 for 3 with a two-run double in the first inning.
The first of five pitchers to take the hill was Isaiah Marsh, who struck out five and walked two in two innings. Austin Pressly also pitched two innings followed by one inning each by Jon Corcoran, Toby Eigner and Loutsenhizer.
Point Park is the No. 1 seed in the KIAC Tournament, which will be held April 24-27 at No. 2 seed Indiana Southeast in New Albany, Ind. The Pioneers get a bye in the first round of the six-team, double-elimination tournament and will play their first playoff game April 25 at 10 a.m. They will face the winner of No. 4 Asbury (Ky.) and No. 5 Berea (Ky.).
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