Point Park improves to 22-5 with non-conference win over PSU-Beaver, 10-3
By Doug Andiorio, Athletic Communications Intern -- April 6, 2011
Lee Bodnar had two doubles Wednesday.
PITTSBURGH – The Point Park University baseball team improved to 22-5 on the season with 10-3 victory over visiting Penn State-Beaver Wednesday afternoon at Green Tree Park. The non-conference game went the full nine innings that it was scheduled for.
The game was supposed to be played at Penn State-Beaver as part of a doubleheader, but the location was switched to Green Tree Park due to field conditions, and only one nine-inning game was played instead of two seven-inning games.
Senior pitcher Alcibiades Gonzalez got the start for Point Park and went two innings allowing one run on three hits and had two strikeouts. After going down early in the first inning, 1-0, Point Park responded in the bottom of the first with senior Brian Grise getting hit by a pitch then later scoring on Lee Bodnar’s RBI double to left. Junior Zach O’Neal followed with a run-scoring single for a 2-1 lead.
After the first inning Point Park never looked back and kept adding to its lead in the second inning. Freshman catcher Jonathan Tasis led off the second with a walk and courtesy runner Rob Novia moved up to third when Grise reached on an error. Grise stole second and he and Novia both came around to score after a throwing error on the play.
Junior right-hander Mike Tullio came on to pitch in the third inning and blanked Penn State-Beaver (3-11) for two innings while giving up only one hit. Tullio was then followed by junior Mike Palmer who also went two innings. Palmer allowed one hit and no runs while striking out one and walking two.
In the fifth inning, Point Park added three more runs that started with a Steve Dujka walk then senior Frank Marko had a single. Junior Dillon Sauers walked to force in a run, and two more runs came home when Grise reached on a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded.
Freshman Jon Corcoran came into the game to pitch after Palmer and went 2.1 innings. He allowed two earned runs while striking out two.
The Pioneers put up three more runs in the seventh. Sauers led off with a single, and Grise followed him with a single of his own. Then sophomore outfielder Tom Pasinski bunted for a hit to load the bases. Pinch hitter Chris Smith brought home a run with a sacrifice flyer, and senior designated hitter Dave Angle had an RBI single. Kaleb Paulton then delivered a pinch-hit RBI when his sacrifice fly made it 10-3.
Junior pitcher Ben Rodriguez entered the game in the ninth inning to end the ballgame. Rodriguez, the fifth pitcher to work on the day, allowed one hit and struck out one.
Point Park totaled a dozen hits to out-hit the visiting Lions, 12-8. The Pioneers’ No. 2 through 4 hitters – Pasinksi, Bodnar, Angle and O’Neal – each had two hits.
Point Park will take on AMC rival Walsh University at Green Tree Park on Friday.