Walsh opens up AMC series by taking two from Point Park, 11-1 and 8-5
April 9, 2010
ROBINSON TWP., Pa. – Walsh University won both ends of an American Mideast Conference baseball doubleheader at Point Park University Friday afternoon.
Walsh (13-19, 6-8 AMC) won the first game, 11-1, in six innings and took the second game, 8-5, over Point Park (7-20, 1-13 AMC). The two teams conclude their four-game, AMC series with a doubleheader at Point Park Saturday. First pitch at Frank J. Marko Field at Burkett Recreation Complex is set for 1 p.m.
The Cavaliers opened game one by scoring six runs after two outs in the top of the first. Walsh led, 8-0, after two innings, and Tim Stinson’s three-run homer in the top of the sixth gave the Cavaliers an 11-1 lead.
In the second game, Point Park put together five singles in the second inning to lead, 3-1, and took a 4-3 lead on a sacrifice fly by Brian Grise (Munhall/Steel Valley) an inning later.
But Walsh took control of the nightcap by scoring three runs with two outs in the fourth for a 6-4 lead. The Pioneers cut the lead to 7-5 in the fifth after a leadoff double by Dave Angle (Pittsburgh/Pine-Richland) and an RBI groundout by Brandon Haburjak (Pittsburgh/Central Catholic), but the Cavaliers rebuilt their three-run lead with doubles by Duston Walter and Stinson in the top of the seventh.
Walsh got a complete-game effort from its pitchers in both games. Rob Rose (2-4) got the win in the opener after limiting Point Park to three hits in five innings. Rose struck out two, walked three and never faced more than four batters in an inning.
Point Park’s game-one starter, Seth Martin (Verona/Penn Hills), set down the first two batters of the game before Walsh opened things up with two outs. Two singles through the infield and a walk loaded the bases before the Cavaliers produced four run-producing hits in a row.
In the second, a hit batter, a triple and a sacrifice fly gave Walsh an 8-0 lead, but after that, Martin found a grove. The sacrifice fly by Dave Krusinksi started a streak of 11 straight batters retired by Martin. In the sixth, two singles set the table for Stinson’s three run homer with one out.
In the second game, Point Park played small ball to plate three runs in the second inning. Haburjak, who was 2 for 3 with a RBI, started the inning with a base hit to left field. Two batters later, Kyle Lucot (South Park/South Park) got the first of four infield singles in the frame, and a walk to Robert Novia (North Port, Fla./North Port) loaded the bases.
Then, infield singles by Tom Birko (Coraopolis/Montour), Bryce Pfeuffer (Robinson Twp./Montour) and Dan Campbell (Baldwin/Baldwin) each brought home a run to give the Pioneers a 3-1 advantage.
Although Walsh came right back to tie it at 3-3 in the third on a two-run single by Mike Suliks, Point Park responded to take a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the inning. A lead-off double by Ricky Cordido (Caracas, Venezuela) and a single by Haburjak put runners at the corners for Grise’s sacrifice fly.
Trailing, 4-3, Walsh put together five hits, including a two-run double by Krusinksi, to stake a 6-4 lead in the fourth. An inning, Walter led off with one of his three doubles to chase Point Park starter Ryan Loutsenhizer (North Huntingdon/Norwin). Courtesy runner Justin Miller scored on Mark Kelly’s single.
Winning pitcher Jeff Kotlar pitched all seven innings for Walsh in game two. Kotlar (2-2) struck out two, walked two and seven of the nine hits he gave up were singles.
Loutsenhizer (1-3) took the loss in four innings of work. The freshman right-hander struck out two, walked two and yielded 12 hits. Junior Joe Downar (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Heartley) took over in the fifth and pitched the last three innings. Downar, a righty, gave up three hits and one run with no strikeouts and no walks.
The Pioneers tallied nine hits in game two compared to 15 hits for the Cavaliers. Haburjak and Pfeuffer had two hits each for Point Park.
Pictured above, Point Park shortstop makes a play on the infield during a cold day at Frank J. Marko Field Friday.
Photo by Murphy Moschetta.