No. 19 Point Park opens KIAC series at Brescia (Ky.) with two losses
March 22, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. ET
Point Park 3B Jordan Crowell was 4 for 8 on the day at Brescia (Ky.). Photo by Lauren Jones.
OWENSBORO, Ky. -- No. 19 Point Park University baseball had two bad innings and opened its KIAC series at Brescia (Ky.) on Friday night (March 21) with a pair of losses, 7-1 and 8-7.
Brescia (21-10, 5-1 KIAC) scored all seven of its runs in the bottom of the sixth to win Game 1 as Point Park (16-9, 4-2 KIAC) had only four hits, one of which was Michael DeJesus' solo homer for a 1-0 lead in the third.
In Game 2, Point Park made five errors to give away a 7-2 lead as Brescia tied the score with five runs in the bottom of the fifth and then got a game-winning single by Nate Crocker in the bottom of the seventh.
The teams continue the KIAC series on Saturday with two more games beginning at 12 p.m. CT. Brescia took over first place in the KIAC with its doubleheader sweep while Point Park is now in second place.
Winning pitcher Andrew Shoulders limited Point Park to four hits in tossing a complete game in the opener. He struck out one, walked four and 12 of the 21 outs he got came via flyout.
Brescia's rally in the bottom of the sixth of Game 1 included seven runs on six hits. The first seven batters of the inning all reached base with Daniel Lokesak driving in the first run with a single. Two batters later, a run came in on a bases-loaded walk, and Christian McHatton followed with a two run single.
The inning continued with another bases loaded walk and finished off with Brady Reese's two-run base hit.
Manny Perdomo (3-1) took the loss for Point Park. He held Brescia scoreless on one hit through the first five innings but a lead-off double by Reese and a balk to start the sixth started the trouble.
In Game 2, Brescia won in its last at bat but not without a lot of help from Point Park. Trailing 7-2, Brescia scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth, and the inning started with an infield error and a dropped fly ball in the outfield in succession.
The Pioneers committed a total of four errors in the bottom of the fifth and had five in the game. McHatton's two-RBI single was the first big blow, and it was followed by Vin Barbato's RBI double. Reese's run-scoring single tied things up at 7-7 as the third and final hit of the inning.
Brescia manufactured the winning run in the bottom of the seventh with Aaron King's leadoff single, Barbato's sacrifice bunt, and after a groundout, Nake Crocker's walkoff base hit.
Point Park starter Isaiah Marsh pitched five innings and only one of the seven runs charged to him was earned. Closer Toby Eigner came in to start the six, and he took the loss in 1.2 innings.
Javy Marticorena's two-run homer in the fourth got a six-run outburst started for Point Park. The big inning also included an RBI double from Oscar Romero, who was 2 for 4, and fielder's choices from DeJesus and Tom Birko that each brought in a run.
One inning later, Point Park extended the lead to 7-2 in the fifth when Jordan Crowell doubled for one of his three hits and was singled home by Stefan Mrkonja.