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Point Park takes 1 of 2 baseball games from Washington Adventist

April 19, 2010

ROBINSON TWP., Pa. – The Point Park University baseball team had plenty of offense in beating Washington Adventist, 18-11, in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader Monday afternoon. But the Pioneers could not manage many key hits in dropping game two, 7-4, at Frank J. Marko Field at Burkett Recreation Complex.


Campbell headshot

Point Park (9-26) pounded out 19 hits and led the first game, 17-4, after five innings. The teams elected to forego the 10-run mercy rule, and Washington Adventist (10-19) scored seven runs in the last two innings.

In the second game, Point Park led, 3-0, after two innings, but the Pioneers left 12 men on base in the game.

Pictured left: Point Park's Dan Campbell was 5 for 6 with four RBIs and five runs in Monday's doubleheader.

In Monday's opener, Point Park set season highs for runs (18), hits (19), RBIs (16), doubles (6) and total bases (28).

Washington Adventist is located in Takoma, Md., at is was formerly known as Columbia Union College. The Shock is a member of NCAA Division II and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.

Point Park concludes its season this weekend with a four-game AMC series at home versus Cedarville. Doubleheaders are scheduled for Friday and Saturday starting at 1 p.m. each day.

On Monday, the Pioneers broke open the first game with nine runs in the third inning to stake an 11-0 lead. Point Park sent 13 men to the plate in the inning and took advantage of six hits and five walks. Big hits in the inning included a two-run homer by Dave Angle (Pittsburgh/Pine-Richland) and a two-run double by Dan Campbell (Baldwin/Baldwin).

Campbell finished the game 2 for 2 with three runs and two RBIs. Angle was 2 for 3 with three runs and three RBIs. Angle leads the Pioneers with five home runs to match his total from last season.

Point Park’s Lee Bodnar (Chartiers/Chartiers Valley) was 4 for 4 with a walk in the first game. His RBI single in the fifth started a five-run outburst.  Before the inning was through, the Pioneers had a two-run double by Brian Grise (Munhall/Steel Valley), an RBI single from Dave Durso (Pittsburgh/Central Catholic) and a run-producing ground out from Brandon Haburjak (Pittsburgh/Central Catholic).

Grise was 3 for 5 with three RBIs and a couple of runs while Haburjak had two hits and drove in two runs.

Point Park used four pitchers, and starter Joe Downar (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Heartley) got the victory in four innings of work. Downar improved to 2-2 with four strikeouts and two walks. He gave up four runs on 10 hits, and he avoided big innings by stranding seven runners on base.

Washington Adventist totaled 14 hits with Lee Pope going 3 for 3 with three runs and three RBIs. Pope had a three-run homer to go along with two doubles in the opener. He was also 3 for 3 in the second game, and he reached base all nine times he came to the plate on the day.

The Shock’s Matt Magallon had two hits in the opener, and he hit two home runs in the second game to help the Shock erase the early, 3-0 deficit.

Magallon’s solo shot  in the third cut the deficit to 3-1, and two innings later he led off with another homer to give his team a 4-3 lead.  The Shock added three more runs in the fifth to go ahead, 7-3. A big hit was a single by Jean Carlo Fernandez that found the hole up the middle and drove in two runs with two outs.

Point Park got to Washington Adventist starter Marco Solis for three runs the first two innings, but they didn’t get much versus the Shock’s bullpen. Solis lasted 1.0 inning, and he left the game after walking the leadoff batter in the second.

In the first, Point Park got a double by Bryce Pfeuffer (Robinson Twp./Montour) followed by RBI singles from Campbell and Roberts Munoz (Miami, Fla./South Miami) to take a 2-0 lead. An inning later, a couple of walks set the table for Campbell’s run-scoring base hit with two outs.

Cambell was 3 for 4 with two RBIs in game two, and he turned in a 5-for-6 performance with five RBIs and four runs on the day. The senior first baseman accounted for three of Point Park’s eight hits in game two.

Bodnar had another multi-hit game by going 2 for 3 in the nightcap. The sophomore third baseman walked in the fifth and came around to score after three wild pitches.

Steve Sitter replaced Solis and got the victory. Sitter limited Point Park to three hits in three innings. David Quezada gave up two hits across the last two innings to get the save.

Mike Tullio (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Palm Beach Gardens) pitched 4.2 innings and took the loss. The sophomore transfer from Palm Beach CC struck out five, walked one and gave up seven runs on nine hits.

Reliever Nick Merich (Peters Twp./Peters Twp.) worked the last 2.1 innings without giving up a run. The sophomore right-hander had four strikeouts, no walks and gave up three hits.