Shawnee State holds of Point Park twice to sweep AMC doubleheader
April 2, 2010
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Shawnee State held off two seventh-inning rallies from Point Park to win both games of an American Mideast Conference baseball doubleheader Friday at Branch Rickey Field.
Shawnee State (15-17, 6-0 AMC) won by scores of 6-5 and 4-3, although Point Park (5-16, 1-9 AMC) put up a fight in the seventh inning of both games. Four of Point Park’s last six losses have come by one run.
Trailing 6-3 going into their last at bat of the opener, the Pioneers cut it to 6-5 when Dan Campbell (Baldwin/Baldwin) belted a two-run homer with two outs.
But winning pitcher Andrew Carter (2-3) finished off a complete game by getting the next batter to go down on strikes. Carter struck out two, walked none and gave up nine hits in seven innings.
In game two, Shawnee State starter Austin Dunfee pitched six scoreless innings before the Pioneers got to him for three runs in the seventh. Kyle Lucot (South Park/South Park) had a double in between two walks to load the bases. Bryce Pfeuffer (Robinson Twp./Montour) then delivered a two-run single off of reliever Adam Wamsley to set up runners at the corners.
But Wamsley got the next batter, Campbell, to ground into a double play as a run scored to make it 4-3. A pop out on the infield ended the game.
Both of Point Park’s starting pitchers went the distance Friday, and it was the sixth consecutive game that the Pioneers used only one hurler. Friday it was seniors Seth Martin (Verona/Penn Hills) and Joe Cox (Swissvale/Central Catholic) who each tossed their third complete game in a row.
Martin took the loss in game one with four strikeouts and no walks in six innings. Three of the eight hits he gave up were homers, and Wamsley gave the Bears the lead for good, 2-1, with a two-run shot in the first.
Kyle Hammontree belted a two-run homer with two outs in the fourth for a 5-1 lead. Danny Gesick led off the sixth with a solo shot that ended up being the deciding run. In this week’s edition of the AMC weekly stats, Shawnee State had led the league in homers.
Point Park had taken a 1-0 lead in the opener with Tom Birko (Coraopolis/Montour) led off the game with a homer. Pfeuffer drove in a run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth, and Brian Grise (Munhall/Steel Valley) did the same an inning later to cut the deficit to 5-3.
In the second game, Cox went all six innings with four strikeouts and two walks. Three of the four runs he gave up were earned, and he yielded seven hits.
Shawnee State had three of its seven hits in the first inning to take a 3-0 lead. Ricky Masson drove in two runs with a base hit, and two batters later Brian Ramey brought in a run with a single. Philip Butler led off the third with a double, and Ramey singled him home for a 4-0 edge.
Point Park tallied seven hits in game two, and Pfeuffer led the way with two singles.
Point Park plays two more games at Shawnee State Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. The Pioneers visit Clarion Tuesday for a non-conference doubleheader at 1 p.m.