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Point Park takes two from Penn State-G.A., improves to 29-8 on the year

April 17, 2011

Zach O'Neal had the GW single in the 9th inn. of Game 2 for one of his 6 RBIs Sunday. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.

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PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University pounded out 16 runs on 16 hits in beating visiting Penn State-Greater Allegheny, 16-10, in the first game of a non-conference baseball doubleheader Sunday then came through with a 6-5 win in nine innings to win the second game of the day.

Point Park put a crooked number on the board in five of its six turns at bat in the first game. The Pioneers (29-8, 8-4 AMC) scored eight runs the first three innings and stretched the lead to 16-7 with six runs in the sixth.

Junior designated hitter Zach O'Neal was 3 for 4 with four RBIs, and Bryce Pfeuffer also drove in four runs with a 2-for-5 performance at the plate. Pfeuffer brought home two runs with a two-run single in the first, and he plated two runs with a double in the second.

O'Neal's big day got going with a run-scoring double in the third and an RBI single that made it 8-4 after three innings. He capped off game one with a deep, two-run double to put the Pioneers are, 16-7 in the bottom of the sixth.

But O'Neal's best hit came at the end of the day as the Greenfield, Ind., native ripped a game-winning single through the left side in the bottom of the ninth of game two. The hit gave Point Park a 6-5, walk-off win as Kyle Lucot raced home from second with  the decisive run. O'Neal was 4 for 9 with six RBIs and three runs on the day.

Pfeuffer, a senior infielder from Robinson Twp., Pa., was 4 for 7 with four RBIs on the day, and had a couple of hits in each game.

Point Park's 16-hit attack in Sunday's opener saw leadoff man Brian Grise go 2 for 3 with three RBIs and three runs. The senior from Munhall, Pa., delivered a two-run single in Point Park's six-run sixth. Lucot, Frank Marko and Tom Pasinski each picked up two hits, and Dillon Sauers drove in two runs.

Alicibiades Gonzalez (3-1) started game one on the mound for Point Park, and the Panama native got the win in six innings of work. Gonzalez gave up five earned runs on eight hits, struck out four and walked five. He got into some trouble early and trailed, 4-3, but he settled down in the middle innings before giving up a three-spot in the sixth.

In the second game, Point Park did not have much offense in support of starting pitcher Mike Palmer outside of Dave Angle's two-run homer in the third. The home run, Angle's fourth of the year and the 15th in his three-year career, gave Point Park a 4-2 lead.

The Pioneers scrapped across a single run on one hit in the second to take a 1-0 lead. After PSU-GA took a 2-1 lead in the third, consecutive doubles by Lucot and Bodnar in the Point Park half of the inning set up Angle for his two-run bomb.

Point Park didn't muster much else until the late innings, and Palmer worked into the seventh inning. Penn State-Greater Allegheny's big blow happened in the sixth, however, as Robbie Shartle ripped a three-run homer to left field for a 5-4 lead.

Point Park went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the sixth, and the visitors loaded the bases with one out in the seventh. But reliever Ben Rodriguez induced a double play to get out of the jam.

The Point Park seventh started with a couple of hit batters, and Lucot laced a base hit up the middle to tie the game at 5-5. The Pioneers loaded the bases with one out, but a couple of fielder's choice, including one that cut down a runner at the plate, ended regulation.

Point Park was in business in the eighth as its first two batters reached, but it got no runs to show for it. The Pioneers produced the winning runs in the ninth when Lucot was hit by a pitch and stole second. After an intentional walk to Bodnar, O'Neal ripped the game-winning single.

Palmer, a junior righty from Chartiers Valley High School, gave up five runs on four hits over 6.1 innings. He struck out four and walked four. Rodriguez (3-0) from East Dundee, Ill., got the victory in 2.2 innings. He gave up no runs on three hits.

Lucot, Bodnar and Pfeuffer each had two hits to account for most of Point Park's eight-hit output.

Point Park's scheduled DH at Wheeling Jesuit on Monday is cancelled due to field conditions. The Pioneers visit Salem International Tuesday for two games starting at 2 p.m. Point Park was scheduled to meet PSU-GA for one game Wednesday, but that game has been called off.