Point Park has win streak end at 16, comes back to drub IU Southeast in Game 2
April 14, 2013 at 4:00 a.m. ET
Chaz Russo was 6 for 7 with five RBIs on the day including 4 for 4 in Game 2. Photo by Kirsten Burkes.
BUTLER, Pa. -- Point Park University's baseball win streak came to an end at 16 games when the Pioneers lost Game 1 of a KIAC doubleheader to Indiana Southeast, 7-4, on Saturday (April 13) at Pullman Park. But Point Park came back to drub the Grenadiers, 17-1, in the nightcap to even the weekend series at 1-1 heading into Sunday's series finales.
The series will shift back to Point Park Field at Green Tree Park on Sunday for a doubleheader at 12 p.m. First-place Point Park (26-12, 13-5 KIAC) has a 1.5 game lead over second-place Indiana Southeast (23-20, 11-6 KIAC) for the conference lead with Sunday's games being the final KIAC games of the regular season for both teams.
The KIAC Regular Season title will be on the line in Sunday's games. The champion will get the No. 1 seed in the KIAC Tournament April 24-27 at pre-determined site Indiana Southeast, where there will be an automatic bid to the NAIA national tournament up for grabs.
Sunday's games will be broadcast live on the Point Park Sports Network with streaming video. Watch Live at www.iHigh.com/PointParkSportsNetwork. Tune in to the pre-game show at 11:50 a.m.
Game 2 on Saturday had Point Park scored five runs in the first inning and take a 10-0 lead after three. The Pioneers had 17 runs on 17 hits, and that was more than enough for winning pitcher Manny Perdomo, who threw six shut-out innings of two-hit ball. Perdomo struck out five, walked three, and improved to 4-2 with the big win.
Chaz Russo led the Point Park hitting going 4 for 4 with a walk, four runs and four RBIs. The junior shortstop from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., had a two-run single in the fourth to bump the lead to 12-0 after four. Marlon Leyva, a senior first baseman from Miami, Fla., was 2 for 3 with a two-run homer to deep left field as part of a five-run fifth that made the score 17-0.
Don McDuffee, Jordan Crowell and Ossie Alfonzo all had two hits. Tom Pasinski 1 for 3 and picked up a team-high three RBIs in the game on a two-run single in the first and a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Point Park's No. 3-6 hitters each had two RBIs -- Crowell, Javy Marticorena, Leyva and Tom Birko.
Game 1 on Saturday was tied at 2-2 and 4-4, but the Grenadiers put together a key rally in the sixth with three runs. The sixth inning was highlighted by a two-run double by Mitchell Mattingly and an RBI double by Justin Hurst two batters later.
Point Park Game 1 starter Sean Clark was charged with six runs on eight hits, and he lasted 5.1 innings. He gave allowed a hit batter and a single in the sixth before exiting in favor of reliever Josh Brooks, who gave up the two key doubles.
IU Southeast got a good start out of Lucas Harry in Game 1, who allowed four runs on seven hits through 4.1 innings. Although the Pioneers got to him for one in the fourt and two more in the fifth, the Grenadiers turned things over to their strong bullpen, which gave up no runs on two hits in 2.2 innings. Reliever David Gibson got the win in 1.1 innings, and the sidearming Evan Bickett got the save in 1.1 innings.
Chaz Russo and Tom Birko were both 2 for 3 for Point Park, which was slightly out-hit by IU Southeast, 10-9, in Game 1.