No. 24 Point Park pounds Asbury (Ky.), 11-2 and 14-3, to complete KIAC sweep
March 21, 2015 at 11:20 p.m. ET
Designated hitter Andy Chacon homered and had three hits and three RBIs on the day.
WILMORE, Ky. -- No. 24 Point Park University pounded out another 25 runs and 23 hits in Saturday's doubleheader to finish off a KIAC series sweep at Asbury (Ky.) with victories of 11-2 and 14-3.
Point Park (15-4, 4-0 KIAC) outscored Asbury, 40-8, in the four games and totaled 47 hits in the series. Saturday's offensive outburst tacked onto Friday night's wins of 6-0 and 9-3.
The Pioneers had a big inning each game to break things open on Saturday. Point Park put up eight runs in the fourth inning of game one to build a 10-0 lead. In the nightcap, an eight-run fifth made the score 14-2.
First baseman and cleanup hitter Oscar Romero highlighted the opening win going 2 for 3 with four RBIs. He ripped a two-run single in the top of the first to begin the scoring.
The huge fourth inning included several big hits. Stefan Mrkonja came up with a three-run triple, which was followed by Romero's two-run double. Andy Chacon finished off the inning with a base hit to drive in two runs.
Mrkonja was 2 for 5 with three RBIs, and Chacon was 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Pinch hitter Brandon Savka added an RBI double in the seventh to tack on another run.
It wasn't all hitting on the day, either. For the second straight day, a Pioneers starter took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and this time it was Jason Kim.
Just like Nolan Krivijanski did on Friday, Kim picked up the win by holding Asbury hitless the first five innings. Kim (3-1) went six innings and allowed just two hits. He struck out three and walked one.
Asbury, which was held to four hits in each of the first three games of the series, pushed across two runs versus Keenan Smith in the seventh.
The hitting continued right from the start of game two as the Pioneers scored five times in the top of the first. Leadoff man Demetrius Moorer, who was 2 for 4 with two runs, singled, stole second and scored on a groundout to begin things.
The first inning also included a sacrifice fly from Jake Horew, a two-run single by Edberg Dominguez and Chaz Russo stealing home on a back end of a double steal while Dominguez stayed alive in a run down between first and second.
Dominguez and Russo joined Moorer with multi-hit games as Dominguez was 2 for 3 with three RBIs, and Russo was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs.
Point Park went up 6-0 when Chacon hit a solo homer in the third. Asbury got as close as 6-2 after four, but Point Park responded with its big, eight-run inning in the fifth. Dominguez and Moorer both drove in runs with base hits while Crowell and Romero each forced in a run with a hit by pitch and a walk, respectively.
With the bases remaining loaded Horew welcomed new pitcher Jared Hahn by blasting a grand slam on the first pitch he saw. It was a five-RBI game for Horew, a sophomore shorstop.
Another good pitching performance came in the form of Jarrad Brown (3-0), who got the win in five innings. Brown, a junior right-hander from Erie, Pa., notched a career-high seven strikeouts against just one walk. He did not give up a run the first three innings and worked around seven hits to yield just two runs.
Zach Zimmerman pitched the last two innings and was sharp in giving up just one hit and picking up three strikeouts and no walks. For the series, Point Park pitching gave up just eight runs. The starters gave up only five runs in 24 innings of work.
Point Park will be in action again on Tuesday, March 24 when it visits West Virginia Tech for a non-conference doubleheader at 11 a.m. The games will be played a Eppling Stadium. Tuesday's games were originally scheduled at home, but the teams have flip-flopped their home-and-home series. Point Park will host West Virginia Tech on April 21, a doubleheader that was originally scheduled for the road.