No. 22 Point Park splits two games with Cornerstone (Mich) -- W, 6-2; L, 13-7March 4, 2015 at 10:50 p.m. ET
Jarrad Brown tosses a pitch in Game 1 on Wednesday. Photo by Cornerstone Athletics.
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AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- No. 22-ranked Point Park University baseball extended its season-opening win streak to five games with a 6-2 victory over Cornerstone (Mich.) in the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday but dropped the nightcap, 13-7, to put its record at 5-1 on the year.
Point Park (5-1) had lots of hitting all day long in splitting the twinbill with Cornerstone (5-8). Point Park had 11 hits in the opener and 13 more in the nightcap. A great pitching performance by Jarrad Brown in the first game was more than enough for the win. But in the nightcap, the Pioneers made five errors that contributed to nine unearned runs, which was too much to overcome.
Brown (1-0) pitched a complete game to win the opener. A junior from Erie, Pa., Brown limited Cornerstone to just four hits and a single earned run. He struck out five and kept the bases clear with no walks.
The Pioneers gave Brown a 3-1 lead after 1.5 innings. Leadoff man Demetrius Moorer, who was 2 for 4, singled and stole second and third to start the first. He later scored on an error by the catcher. In the second, Andy Chacon blasted a two-run homer, the Pioneers' second long ball of the year. Jake Horew had doubled earlier in the inning.
Brown kept the score at 3-1 until the Pioneers put up three insurance runs in the top of the seventh. That came on two hits -- an RBI double by Jordan Crowell and an RBI single by Stefan Mrkonja. Both Crowell and Mrkonja were 2 for 4, and Crowell doubled twice. Chacon also had a two-hit game at 2 for 4, including his homer and two RBIs.
Cornerstone starter Brandon Williard took the loss in six innings. He got through the rough opening to give up three runs on nine hits, six of which came the first two innings. He settled in to strike out seven and walk one. The Pioneers later added the insurance runs against two relievers.
Game 2 had plenty of offense -- 13 hits and seven runs - for Point Park to win, but the errors wasted the chance. Cornerstone led, 9-2, after 2.5 innings with four in the second inning and five in the third.
Point Park starter Ben Jarboe (0-1) went 2.1 innings and took the loss. He gave up nine runs, but only three of them were earned. He yielded five hits, three walks and struck out one and could not overcome the errors around him. There was one big error in the second and two more in the third.
The Pioneers had been up, 2-0, after one inning. Again, it was Moorer starting things, this time with a double and a steal of third. He scored on a fielder's choice by Crowell. Crowell later came home on Mrkonja's base hit for the ealry lead.
The Pioneers didn't get to Cornerstone starter Luke Heller again until the fourth inning when Chris Hernandez tripled for one of his three hits in four at bats. Moorer, who was 3 for 5 with two RBIs, then stroked an RBI single to produce a run.
Cornerstone tacked on four more runs in the top of the seventh, which were aided by two errors. Down 10 runs in its last at-bat, Point Park put together four runs on five hits, but it was too late. Big hits in the seventh were a run-scoring single by Russo, a two-run base hit by Chacon and Moorer's RBI single. The Pioneers left the bases loaded to end the game.
The Point Park bullpen consisted of Zach Zimmerman retiring all five batters he faced in 1.2 innings. Then Luis Romero came in for the final three innings. He gave up four runs -- all in the the seventh -- on four hits. He struck out four and walked one.
Mrkonja, Moorer and Hernandez all had three hits, and Russo and Chacon had two hits apiece.
Point Park returns to action Thursday at 11 a.m. for a doubleheader versus Benedictine-Springfield (Ill.). Point Park took took games from BSU, 4-2 and 3-0, on Sunday.
Note -- Point Park swept Evangel (Mo.) in Monday's doubleheader
AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- The Pioneers stayed perfect through four games with Monday's wins over Evangel (Mo.), 9-0 and 7-2.
Senior lefty Nate Sphon, who had started the scheduled opener on Saturday and tossed three innings before it was rained out, came back on a day's rest to throw five more innings. He blanked Evangel (4-4) on three hits, struck out one and walked one.
It was a combined shutout as Keenan Smith and Anthony Garofalo each came in to throw a scoreless inning. Smith gave up a hit. Garofalo worked a 1-2-3 seventh with two strikeouts.
Point Park scored five runs in third and four in the fourth to get out to the 9-0 lead. Point Park had six hits in the game, which came from six different players, and it took seven walks.
In the second game, Jordan Crowell and Oscar Romero each had two hits from the middle of the order to lead the offense. They each delivered an RBI single as the Pioneers got out to a 4-0 lead after one. Jake Horew was 2 for 4 with two RBIs, and he hit a home run in the sixth, a solo shot.
Evangel's Jared Gage homered in the fourth, which was the main blemish for Pioneers starter Robert Rodriguez. A walk and a base hit brought cut the lead to 4-2, and Rodriguez exited. But Zach Zimmerman came on and got the win as he closed out the rest of the 3.2 innings. Zimmerman gave up just one hit and struck out two.
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