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No. 24 Point Park bashes Talladega, 8-1 and 11-2, in regular season finales

April 24, 2015

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Jake Horew is greeted by Chaz Russo (left) and Jordan Crowell after his HR in Game 2. Photo by Sam Robinson.

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PITTSBURGH -- In its final games before next week's KIAC Tournament, No. 24 Point Park University baseball bashed visiting Talladega (Ala.), 8-1 and 11-2, in an non-conference doubleheader Friday afternoon at Point Park Field at Green Tree Park.

The Pioneers (36-11, 16-4 KIAC) will be the No. 1 seed in the KIAC Tournament, and they made sure they entered the conference championship on a winning note after taking all four games in the series versus Talladega (27-24, 10-4 KIAC), which has now played 20 games versus NAIA Top 25 competition.

Point Park had plenty of hitting up and down the lineup on Friday and also got some work in for four of its pitchers. In their final starts before the playoffs, starters Jason Kim (8-1) and Jarrad Brown (6-1) followed suit of Nate Sphon and Nolan Krivijasnki the day before by taking care of business on the mound to earn the victories on Friday.

Also, the top two arms out of the Point Park bullpen -- Zach Zimmerman and Jake Horew -- got a combined three innings of work in and gave up no runs on one hit combined.

Kim is now 8-1 after shutting down Talladega on four hits over his six innings. Kim allowed only an unearned run in the top of the first and has still only given up one earned run in his last 27 innings. He is 4-0 in four starts during that span. Kim picked up three strikeouts and no walks.

Point Park came alive for six runs in the fourth inning of game one to break up a 1-1 tie. Andy Chacon broke the deadlock with a two-run homer, his sixth of the year. Chris Hernandez followed with an RBI single. The other runs in the inning came around as a result of two errors and a wild pitch.

The Pioneers totaled nine hits in the opener with Oscar Romero and Chaz Russo each going 2 for 3. Romero doubled twice, and Russo doubled and walked.

In the second game, Horew and Stefan Mrkonja both drove in three runs en route to the 11-2 win. Mrkonja was 2 for 3 with two runs and two doubles. Horew blasted a three-run homer, his fifth home run of the year and second in as many days, to make the score 10-2 in the fourth inning. Another hitting leader was Jordan Crowell at 2 for 2 with two RBIs.

Mrkonja delivered an RBI double in the first, which was followed by Romero's run-scoring single. In the second, Mrkonja drove in two more with his second double. After a sacrifice fly by Romero and an RBI base hit from Chacon, Crowell added a two-run double as part of the five-run inning.

Brown started and got the win in five innings. He yielded two runs (one earned) on five hits. He collected four strikeouts versus just two walks.

After Brown gave up a couple of runs in the top of the first, he and relievers Zimmerman and Horew combined to blank the Tornadoes the rest of the way. Talladega had just three hits the last six innings. Zimmerman pitched the sixth and Horew the seventh, both in scoreless fashion.

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