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No. 8 Point Park rallies for win in game two, splits doubleheader at Malone

April 7, 2012

Marlon Leyva's two-run single was the difference in game two. Photo by Evan Schall.



CANTON, Ohio -- NAIA No. 8 Point Park University rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh on its way to a 4-2 victory in game two of a non-conference baseball doubleheader at Malone University on Saturday. Malone had won game one, 4-3, in its last at bat at Thurman Munson Stadium.

Point Park (31-6, 4-0 AMC) was trailing game two, 2-1, with two outs and no one on in the top of the seventh. Down to their last out, the Pioneers scored three times, and it was Marlon Leyva's two-run single that provided the difference.

Tom Birko singled with two outs and no one on to get the rally started. Rob Novia followed with a single, and a throwing error brought home Birko with the tying run. After a double by Lee Bodnar, Javier Marticorena was intentionally walked to load the bases. Leyva, a junior from Miami, Fla., then delivered the go-ahead base hit through the left side.

Then Nate Spohn (4-0) finished off his complete-game victory in the bottom of the seventh. The freshman left-hander from Greensburg, Pa., scattered seven hits over seven innings, struck out three, walked one and gave up just the two runs.

Point Park had seven hits in the game, and Leyva and Novia had two apiece. Leyva had two RBIs, and Marticorena picked up an RBI on his double in the first inning that gave the Pioneers a 1-0 lead.

Malone went on to take a 2-1 lead after four innings, but that's all the scoring it did versus Spohn. Malone got a double from Sam Craciun and an RBI single from Matt Anderson in the third. In the fourth, Craciun's run-scoring base hit was the last of three singles in the inning.

Point Park also erased an early deficit in the first game of the day, but it was Malone that won in its last at bat.

Trailing, 2-0, Point Park cut it to 2-1 on Marticorena's RBI double in the fifth. In the sixth, Point Park went ahead, 3-2, with a couple of unearned runs. Tom Pasinski and pinch hitter Mike Ganley both reached on an error, and Rob Novia's base hit tied the score at 2-2. Later, a wild pitch brought home Ganley for the go-ahead run.

But Malone tied things up at 3-3 in its half of the sixth as Logan Gray doubled and scored when Marc Adams' flyball got through the outfield for an error.

Point Park was in business in the top of the seventh when Steve Dujka led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Ossie Alfonzo. But a strikeout and a ground out ended the threat.

In the Malone seventh, Bob Suitca singled with one out, and T.J. Rosenberg followed with a double. Michael Chack then delivered the walk-off hit, a single to right field.

Sean Clark started the opener for Point Park and lasted five innings. He gave up two runs on five hits, walked one and struck out one. Mike Tullio (4-3) took the loss and pitched 1.1 innings. He gave up four hits, and one of the two runs he gave up was unearned.

Marticorena was 3 for 3 with a walk and accounted for three of Point Park's seven hits in game one. Malone's nine hits came from seven different players.

Point Park's is off until Tuesday when its visits Clarion for a non-conference doubleheader at 1 p.m. The Pioneers visit Glenville State for another non-conference twinbill on Wednesday.


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