Torres reaches 200 career wins, Point Park sweeps Notre Dame (OH)
April 26, 2012
Point Park head coach Loren Torres reached 200 career wins on Thursday. Photo by Kevin Taylor.
LORAIN, Ohio -- Point Park University swept Notre Dame (OH) College, 5-1 and 6-4, in a non-conference baseball doubleheader on Thursday, and Pioneers head coach Loren Torres reached the 200-career win milestone.
Point Park, ranked No. 10 in the NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll this week, improved to 42-7 overall. Torres, who is in his third year at Point Park, now has a career record of 200-150-2 in his eight years as a college baseball head coach.
Torres is 93-46 in this his third year at Point Park. He was 107-104-2 in five years at NAIA Judson (Ill.) University from 2003-07. Point Park was 13-26 in Torres' first year of 2010 and 38-13 last year.
Point Park beat Notre Dame (OH) in the first game Thursday with six solid innings from winning pitcher Derek Peluso (8-1), who allowed just one run on seven hits. Peluso, a senior righty from Zelienople, Pa., did not allow Notre Dame to string together any hits and ended with two strikeouts and one walk.
The Pioneers put together four runs in the third inning to take control and added another in the fourth.
Tom Birko and Lee Bodnar were both 3 for 4 in game one. Birko ripped an RBI single in the four-run third, and Bodnar followed with a two-run double. Marlon Leyva rounded out the frame with a run-scoring base hit.
Tom Pasinski was 2 for 3, and his lead-off triple in the fourth got that inning going. Pasinksi later scored on groundout by Don McDuffee.
Point Park closer Mike Tullio finished off the last inning in order in a non-save situation.
In the second game, Point Park put up three early runs -- two of which were unearned -- for a 3-1 lead after three. Notre Dame (14-26) twice cut the lead to a single run from that point on, but Point Park was able to add some insurance runs to maintain the lead.
After Notre Dame cut the deficit to 3-2 on a bases-loaded walk in the fourth, Leyva delivered a two-run single in the Point Park fifth to pad the Pioneers' lead to 5-2.
Point Park starter Sean Clark (5-0) got the victory, and he handed over a 5-2 lead to closer Tullio after five innings. Clark, a junior from Titusville, Pa., gave up five hits over his five innings. Both the runs he gave up were earned, and he totaled four strikeouts and one walk.
Notre Dame got within 5-4 with a couple runs off of Tullio in the sixth. The Falcons' two runs came on two hits, an error, a walk and a sacrifice fly. Hank Beasore delivered an RBI single, and Tyler Neville added a sacrifice fly with two outs. Tullio did strand two runners to keep the lead.
Point Park tacked on another insurance run in the seventh as Rob Novia and Lee Bodnar singled to put runners at the corners. Pinch runner Mike Ganley then scored on a wild pitch.
Notre Dame did not mount a threat in the bottom of the seventh as Tullio earned his 12th save of the year.
Novia, Bodnar, Leyva and Ossie Alfonzo had two hits apiece. Alfonzo added an RBI, and Leyva knocked in two runs in the game.
Point Park finishes off the regular season with Friday's home doubleheader versus Glenville State. Game time is 1 p.m. at Green Tree Park, and it will be Senior Day for the Pioneers.