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Point Park pounds SUNY-Canton, 12-0 and 12-2, finishes off weekend sweep

March 26, 2011

Lucot scores vs. Canton
Kyle Lucot and Brian Grise (1) came home on Dave Angle's 2-R double in game one. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom. 

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PITTSBURGH – Point Park University pounded SUNY-Canton for the second day in a row Saturday to finish off a four-game sweep of the NAIA baseball series. The Pioneers improved to 18-4 by beating the visiting Kangaroos, 12-0 and 12-2 Saturday at Green Tree Park. Both games ended after five innings due to the mercy rule.

Point Park outscored SUNY-Canton (0-19) by a combined score of 48-4 in the four-game, non-conference series. Point Park won Friday’s games, 4-2 and 20-0. The Pioneers out-hit the Kangaroos, 46-16 on the weekend.

The Pioneers pounded SUNY-Canton pitching for 12 earned runs on 12 hits in Saturday’s opener. Point Park got on the board with four runs in the first highlighted by Bryce Pfeuffer’s RBI double and Steve Dujka’s two-run single.

Point Park tacked on seven more runs on six hits in the third inning. Zach O’Neal and Pfeuffer started things with consecutive doubles, and after three walks and a base hit, Kyle Lucot drove in a run with a single. Later, Dave Angle ripped a two-run double, and O’Neal’s second two-base hit of the inning brought home another run.

O’Neal, Pfeuffer, Lucot and Dillon Sauers each had two hits. Driving in two runs apiece were Pfeuffer, Dujka and Angle.

It was smooth sailing for winning pitcher Sean Clark, who improved to 3-1 by limiting SUNY-Canton to two hits in his four innings of work. The Titusville, Pa., native allowed only three base runners with none of them getting past first base.

In the second game, Point Park put the game out of reach with eight runs in the third inning for a 12-0 lead. Point Park had 10 hits in the game with Angle leading the way with a 3-for-3 performance. Dujka also had a pair of hits as he finished the day 3 for 3 with three runs and three RBIs.

Leadoff man Brian Grise reached base three times, stole three bases and came around to score each time. Grise now has 15 steals on the year, and Lucot also stole a base to increase his team-lead in that category to 19.

Lee Bodnar drove in three runs in game two and now leads the Pioneers with 25 RBIs in 22 games. His RBI groundout started a three-run first, which also included courtesy runner Rob Novia scoring on a passed ball and a run-scoring single from Frank Marko.

In the second, Grise singled and stole second before scoring on Angle’s base hit for a 4-0 lead.

Point Park’s eight-run third took advantage of five hits, two errors, two walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch that brought home a run. Big hits in the inning were Lucot’s RBI single and Bodnar’s two-run single.

Freshman James Monroe, from Miami, Fla., worked the first four innings of the nightcap to earn the win. Monroe (2-1) gave up three hits, but none of them left the infield. He struck out one and walked one.

Point Park plays host to WV Tech Tuesday at 12 p.m. for its last non-conference tune up before American Mideast Conference play arrives next weekend. Game time versus WV Tech is 12 p.m. at Green Tree Park. Point Park opens AMC play with a four-game series versus Malone April 1-2.