No. 22 Point Park pitches its way past Benedictine-Springfield, 3-2 and 1-0March 5, 2015 at 10:55 p.m. ET
Jason Kim with the 1-0 scoreboard behind him as he finishes off his shutout win on Thursday. Photo by Lauren Jones.
BOX SCORE Game 1
BOX SCORE Game 2
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- No. 22 Point Park University baseball produced two more outstanding pitching performances on Thursday to sweep Benedictine-Springfield (Ill.) in both ends of a doubleheader, 3-2 and 1-0, at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational.
Nolan Krivijanski (2-0, 2.19 ERA) gave up only one earned run in 6.1 innings to win the opener, 3-2. Jake Horew came in to get the last two outs to pick up his second save in two tries, and he has a 0.00 ERA.
Jason Kim (2-0, 0.00 ERA) then picked up his second shutout in as many outings this week as he blanked Benedictine-Springfield, 1-0, in a complete game. Kim yielded just three hits, struck out three and walked none.
Point Park (7-1) had Krivijanski and Kim both going on three days rest rather than the usual four. That's because the first day of the Florida trip was rained out last Saturday. Both pitchers beat Benedictine on Monday, and Kim's earlier win was a two-hit shutout.
Point Park did not have a ton of offense on the day with nine hits across the two games. But the pitching made it stand up.
Center fielder Demetrius Moorer keyed the victory in the first game as he scored two of the three runs and knocked the other one in with a triple. He walked and stole second in the first inning, and after he moved up on a groundout, he came home on an outfield error.
With the score tied 1-1 in the fifth, Moorer came up with an RBI triple. Shane Conley then followed with a base hit to drive in the eventual winning run. Robert DeSantiago started the inning with a walk.
Benedictine cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the seventh when Drake Hardin doubled and later scored on an infield error. But Horew came in from his shortstop position to hammer down the last two outs for the win.
Oscar Romero was 2 for 3 with an RBI to account for two of the Pioneers' five hits in the opener. Krivijanski ended up scattering six hits over his 6.1 innings and picked up six strikeouts compared to two walks.
In Game 2, Kim continued his mastery of the Benedictine lineup. Just three days prior, he tossed a two-hit shutout against the Bulldogs. On Thursday, he retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced and allowed only harmless singles with one out in the first, fifth and sixth innings. No runners advanced past first base.
The only run of the game came in the fourth inning when Stefan Mrkonja ripped an RBI double with one out. Jordan Crowell had been hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and scored from first.
Point Park has two more games on its Florida trip with both scheduled for Friday. The Pioneers face Trinity International (Ill.) at 9:30 a.m. and Cornerstone (Mich.) at 12 p.m.
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