No. 13 Davenport (Mich.) wins both games verus No. 20 Point ParkMarch 11, 2015 at 11:10 p.m. ET
Photo by Lauren Jones.
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Point Park's first day in Grand Rapids was not a good one. Fortunately, it has another day tomorrow to get right back at it.
No. 20 Point Park University baseball lost both games of an NAIA Top 25 matchup at No. 13 Davenport (Mich.), 8-2 and 12-4, on Wednesday.
The Pioneers (9-3) were out-hit and out-pitched by the Panthers (11-2), who showed why they made one of the biggest jumps in Tuesday's national rankings. Davenport jumped up six spots to No. 13 in this week's poll and it now has four victories over Top 25 teams on the young season.
Point Park will get right back into action Thursday as it stays in Grand Rapids to play Madonna (Mich.) (9-6) in a doubleheader at 2 p.m. with the site remaining as Davenport University.
Davenport got a big hit every time it needed one to build a 5-2 lead in the Game 1 Wednesday. The Panthers later added three runs versus the Pioneers' bullpen to stretch out the final margin to 8-2.
Point Park starter Nolan Krivijanski (2-1) took the loss in 5.1 innings of work. He gave up five runs and did well to limit the damage despite 11 hits. Krivijanski did rack up six strikeouts against two walks, but it was Davenport that came up with the clutch hit time after time.
The Panthers totaled five two-out RBIs in the opening game with much of that accounting for the early lead. Designated hitter and cleanup man Matt Priebe was 4 for 4 with three RBIs, the first of which came on a two-out double in the first. In the third, Zack Sardelitti delivered a two-run single with two outs for a 3-1 lead.
The big hit in the fifth was Brandon Cable's base hit that brought home a run. Krivijanski had just gotten a strikeout for the second out with runners at the corners before Cable came up clutch for a 4-1 lead.
Point Park did not get much versus Davenport pitching on the day. Game 1 winner Corey Murphy allowed just two runs (one earned) on three hits in 6.1 innings. The 2014 WHAC Pitcher of the Year struck out nine and walked three.
The Pioneers had just four hits in the game, one of which was Jordan Crowell's third-inning single to make the score 1-1 at the time.
It was more good pitching for Davenport in the nightcap, and it stacked 15 hits on top of that to pull away. It was a six-run third inning that stood out and stretched out the score to 9-2 and broke the game open.
Davenport's Priebe had another big game going 2 for 4 with three RBIs, and it was his two-run homer in the first that sent the Panthers on their way. Ryan Manning was 2 for 4 with three RBIs, and he had a big, two-run double as a key part of the six-run inning.
Jerry Ferris earned the win in holding Point Park to four hits and three runs over his six innings while striking out seven and walking two.
Point Park got a couple of runs in the third, but both came on groundouts. The Pioneers strung a few hits together and scored on Andy Chacon's RBI single in the sixth.
Down to its last chance, Point Park got another run in the seventh when Demetrius Moorer tripled and scored on a groundout.
It was a rough outing for Point Park starter Jason Kim (2-1), who went the first three innings. Anthony Garofalo came on in relief for the last three innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits.
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