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No. 23 Point Park splits DH at Alice Lloyd (Ky.) to begin KIAC series

March 28, 2015

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Jordan Crowell (22) slides into second base in a home game versus Alice Lloyd last year. Photo by Sam Robinson.

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PIPPA PASSES, Ky. -- No. 23 Point Park University baseball won one of two games Saturday at Alice Lloyd (Ky.) to open the KIAC road series. The Pioneers (18-5, 5-1 KIAC) lost the opener, 3-1, but scored the final three runs to win the nightcap, 4-2.

Jarrad Brown's seven strong innings and some key hits gave Point Park the win in game two. Unfortunately for the Pioneers and game-one starter Nate Sphon, they couldn't come up with any clutch knocks and made a couple of costly errors in the first game of the day.

Brown, a junior right-hander from Erie, Pa., improved to 4-0 in four starts by limiting Alice Lloyd (5-11, 2-4 KIAC) to three hits and only one earned run in his seven-inning complete game. Brown struck out seven and walked none.

The only runs Brown gave up came in the third inning when Alice Lloyd put together two of its three hits. Tre Minton hit an RBI triple and then scored on an error for a 2-1 lead after three. But that was it for the Eagles' scoring.

Point Park, which had taken a 1-0 lead on Demetrius Moorer's base hit in the third, scored three times in the top of the fourth to take the lead for good.

The clutch hits that never came in game one were there in the nightcap. Chris Hernandez, who had three hits in the doubleheader, provided a two-run single in the key fourth inning. Logan Linder followed two batters later with an RBI double for the 4-2 lead.

Linder was 2 for 3, and Moorer was 2 for 4 to lead the Pioneers' six-hit effort in game two.

The Pioneers managed only four hits in the opener. Sphon (3-2) once again pitched well enough to win, and he gave up only one earned run in his six-inning complete game. He took the loss with two runs on six hits. He struck out one and walked one.

Aaron Boling started and tossed 4.2 innings to earn the win for Alice Lloyd. He allowed three hits, the last of which was Shane Conley's RBI single to cut the ALC lead to 2-1 with two outs in the top of the fifth. But reliever Broderick Moore came to finish off the inning by stranding two runs and picked up the save in 2.1 innings.

Moore closed out the game by allowing just one hit and no runs. He struck out one and walked none. Boling picked up four strikeouts and three walks in his start.

Ronnie Saylor singled with two outs in the Alice Lloyd second inning for a 1-0 lead. A leadoff single, a fielder's choice and an error kept things going long enough for Austin Thompson's RBI single with two outs in the third.

After Point Park cut the lead to 2-1, the Eagles added an insurance run the next half inning when Austin White doubled with one out, moved to third on a groundout and scored on an error that should have ended the inning.

The Pioneers and Eagles conclude the series with another doubleheader Sunday at 11 a.m. in Pippa Passes, Ky.

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