No. 20 Point Park beats Madonna (Mich.), 8-6, for Torres' 300th Career Win
March 12, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. ET
Point Park head coach Loren Torres is 300-192 (.686) in his career (11th season).
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Point Park University baseball head coach Loren Torres earned his 300th career win when the No. 20 Pioneers won the second game of a doubleheader with Madonna (Mich.), 8-6, on Thursday.
The Pioneers (10-4) lost the first game, 4-0, but they built an 8-3 lead to win the nightcap and notch the milestone win for their head coach. Thursday's doubleheader was played at Davenport University.
Torres is in his 11th year as a college head coach and his sixth at Point Park. He is 300-192-2 (.609) in his career and 193-88 (.686) at Point Park. He was previously the head coach at NAIA Judson (Ill.) with a record of 107-104-2 (.507) from 2003-07.
The 300th career win for coach Torres had the Pioneers' offense come alive in the middle innings to build the five-run lead. Point Park scored in four straight innings to come back from 1-0 and 3-2 deficits.
The first strike was Jordan Crowell's two-run double for a 2-1 lead in the third. An inning later, the Pioners took the lead for good when Chris Hernandez singled home a run and Demetrius Moorer tripled home another. Logan Linder had led off the inning with a double. Oscar Romero ripped an RBI single to pad the lead to 5-3 in the fifth.
The hitting star was Moorer, who was 2 for 3 with two triples and three RBIs. He raced to his second triple of the game in ths sixth, which also brought home two runs. The Pioneers speedster then scored on a passed ball to make it 8-3 through five and a half.
Point Park needed all the runs because Madonna (10-7) tallied three runs on three hits in the bottom of the sixth. That knocked out Pioneers' starter Jarrad Brown, who went 5.0 innings and gave up five runs on six hits. He left after facing two batters in the sixth.
Reliever Zach Zimmerman came in and got one out but then was lifted with the score 8-6 and runners at the corners. That's when Jake Horew came on to close it out. The sophomore infielder/pitcher, who started the game at third base, threw three pitches and got a double play to end the threat.
Horew finished off his third save in three tries when he set down the Crusaders in the bottom of the seventh. After striking out the first two batters on 0-2 and 1-2 pitches, an error put the tying run at the plate. But Horew got a flyout on an 0-2 pitch to end the game and seal the victory for Brown (2-0).
Point Park had eight hits as a team with Hernandez going 2 for 2 with an RBI. Moorer led the way with his two triples, and Crowell had the two RBIs.
The first game of the day had the Point Park offense shut down by Alex DeYonker, who threw a no-hitter in a complete game. It was the first time the Pioneers were no-hit since Feb. 25, 2012 at Cumberland (Tenn.). DeYonker, a sophomore lefty, picked up four strikeouts and one walk and dealt with only three base runners all game.
The 9-0 advantage in hits gave Madonna the 4-0 victory. Point Park starter Nate Sphon (2-1) was saddled with the loss but pitched well enough to win with three earned runs over his complete game of seven innings. The senior lefty from Greensburg, Pa., struck out five, walked two and scatterred nine hits.
Madonna got some key hits to go up, 3-0, after three, and Sphon didn't give up an earned run the rest of the way. A walk and a stolen base set up Ryan Lambrecht's RBI single in the first. An inning later, a couple of singles to start things off set up John Lauro's two-run double.
Point Park's series at Bethel (Ind.) March 13-14 was postponed due to weather and field conditions. The make-up date is TBA. That makes the Pioneers' next games the home home openers March 18 versus Penn State-Greater Allegheny. First pitch is 1 p.m. at Point Park Field at Green Tree Park.
Penn State-Greater Allegheny is now coached by Mark Jackson, who is the all-time career wins leader at Point Park. Jackson, in his first year at PSU-GA, was 443-119-4 (.783) and made five appearances in the NAIA World Series at Point Park. He coached the Pioneers for 12 years in two stints, 1984-90 and 1998-2002.
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