Point Park takes first two games of weekend series at Indiana Wesleyan
March 18, 2011
Derek Peluso blanked Indiana Wesleyan the last five innings to win Game 1
MARION, Ind. – The Point Park University baseball team took the first two games of a weekend series at NAIA Indiana Wesleyan in winning by scores of 3-2 and 9-2 Friday afternoon. The Pioneers are now 11-3 and have won four games in a row.
Point Park will conclude the series with a doubleheader Saturday (12 p.m.). Should the Pioneers win both of those games, they would match last year’s win total when they were 13-26. Point Park returns home Sunday and steps out of NAIA play for the first time this year by hosting Penn State-Beaver in its first-ever game at its new facility, Green Tree Park.
Junior right-hander Derek Peluso improved to 3-0 by getting a complete-game victory in Friday’s opener. Indiana Wesleyan (7-13) pushed across a run in each of the first two innings, but Peluso blanked the Wildcats the last five innings and scattered five hits total in the outing.
Point Park had 11 hits in the first game led by leadoff man Brian Grise’s 3-for-4 performance. Dillon Sauers, the No. 9 hitter, was 2 for 3, and he joined Grise in going 4 for 6 in the doubleheader.
The Pioneers scored a couple of runs in the second inning with two-out, RBI singles coming from Frank Marko and Grise. Point Park scored the eventual winning run in the third to take the lead for good, 3-2. Lee Bodnar started things with a single, and Dave Angle followed with a double. After the bases became loaded, an infield error allowed the go-ahead run to score.
Peluso, from Zelienople, Pa. and Seneca Valley, struck out two and survived six walks by getting out of some jams. He left the bases loaded in the third and stranded runners in scoring position in the fifth and sixth to preserve the one-run lead. Peluso worked a 1-2-3 seventh to finish things off.
Game two followed a similar script from a Point Park pitching stand point. Sophomore righty Ryan Loutsenhizer (3-0) remained unbeaten in three starts by giving up one run each of the first two innings and then putting up five zeroes on the board after that. The Norwin High School product scattered five hits in seven innings, gave up only one earned run, struck out zero and walked none.
In the 17 innings across his three starts, Loutsenhizer is 3-0 with a 1.05 ERA, 10 strikeouts and zero walks.
Point Park got down 2-0 in the nightcap before scoring the final nine runs of the game. Angle, a senior catcher from Pittsburgh and Pine-Richland High School, blasted a three-run homer in the third to put the Pioneers ahead to stay.
The Pioneers tacked on two runs in the fifth on Zach O’Neal’s two-run single with two outs and the bases loaded. In the sixth, Point Park erupted for four runs with two outs to make the score 9-2. Kyle Lucot drove in three runs with a two-out double, and Bodnar knocked in Lucot with a double of his own.