Point Park pounds Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) to improves to 7-1 on the year
March 8, 2011
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The Point Park University baseball team improved to 7-1 on the year by sweeping Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) by scores of 10-8 and 11-1 on Tuesday at the RussMatt Invitational. It was the fourth win in a row for the Pioneers.
Point Park had led the first game, 10-1, before the Trojans scored seven runs in the sixth. The second game ended after five innings due the mercy as the Pioneers scored five runs in the first and six runs in the third. Point Park pounded out a combined total of 20 hits and 21 runs on the day.
Junior right-hander Derek Peluso (2-0) got the victory in game one after striking out six and walking one in six innings of work. The native of Zelienople, Pa., gave up eight runs, but only three of those were earned. An error in the sixth made five of the seven runs that inning unearned.
Lee Bodnar, who has started every game at first base, made his debut as a pitcher and got the save in game one. The junior from Chartiers, Pa., got the last two outs of the game to preserve the 10-8 win. Bodnar came on with the tying run on base, and he left the bases loaded.
In the second game, sophomore righty Ryan Loutsenhizer (2-0) went all five innings and gave up just one run on four hits. The native of North Huntingdon, Pa., retired the first nine batters he faced and ended up with two strikeouts and no walks. The only sign of trouble were the three hits in the fourth, but Loutsenhizer gave up only one run in that situation and left runners stranded at second and third.
Point Park’s 11-hit attack in game one featured two hits apiece from Kyle Lucot, Bryce Pfeuffer and Steve Dujka. Pfeuffer and Dillon Sauers each had two RBIs to lead in that category.
The game opened with four straight singles by Point Park, the last two of which were run-scoring base hits from Zach O’Neal and Bodnar. In the third, Pfeuffer’s two-out single was followed by a Dujka triple for a 4-0 lead.
The Pioneers broke the game open with five runs in the fifth. Sauers delivered the big hit as his double brought home two runs. The inning included five runs on three hits, four walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch.
In the second game, Point Park wasted little time starting the rout as it got five runs in the first inning. Lead-off man Brian Grise singled and scored on Lucot’s RBI double. Lucot scored on a wild pitch, and after singles by Bodnar and Pfeuffer, Dujka blasted a three-run homer for a 5-0 lead.
In the third, Point Park added six runs on three hits and three errors. Lucot’s RBI base hit and Dave Angle’s run-scoring single were the key hits in the outburst.
Lucot and Pfeuffer each had two more hits in the nightcap, and they ended up with four hits apiece on the day. Dujka finished the day with a home run, a triple and four RBIs.
Point Park has four more games on their 10-game Florida trip. After an off day Wednesday, the Pioneers play two games on Thursday. The Pioneers face Concordia (Neb.) at 10 a.m. followed by another game versus Roosevelt (Ill.) at 12:30 p.m.
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