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Pioneers win two of three on final day of FL trip, will return home 9-3

March 11, 2011

Calumet St. Joseph Game 1
Calumet St. Joseph Game 2
Clearwater Christian

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Point Park University baseball team finished its Florida trip Friday by winning two of three games. The Pioneers are 9-3 after splitting a doubleheader versus Calumet St. Joseph (IN) and beating Clearwater Christian (FL). 

Point Park opened the day with a 6-3 loss to Calumet St. Joseph (3-14), and then followed that up with a 10-0 victory in five innings over the Crimson Wave. The Pioneers ended their trip with a 9-1 win at Clearwater Christian (5-15) Friday night.

The Pioneers were 7-3 on their 10-game Florida trip, and they host Penn State-Beaver for their home opener Wednesday (1 p.m.). It will be the first game for Point Park in its new home venue, Green Tree Park, the former home of Duquesne University baseball.

In the win over Clearwater Christian, Duquesne transfer Sean Clark had another outstanding performance. The sophomore right-hander from Titusville, Pa., carried a no-hitter through 6 1/3 innings. As it was, Clark (2-0) ended up with his second complete-game, two-hitter in as many starts.

Clark struck out nine and gave up one run Friday just five days after he posted a two-hit shutout in his Point Park debut Sunday. That first outing was a 9-0 win over St. Xavier (IL). Clark, who has given up just one run and four hits in 14 innings of work so far this year, had taken a perfect game into the fourth inning of his debut Sunday.

Point Park totaled 14 hits in the win over Clearwater with Dave Angle leading the way by going 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Kyle Lucot and Lee Bodnar each had two hits, and Bodnar had two RBIs to push his team lead in that category to 15 RBIs throught 12 games.

The first four hitters in the Point Park lineup -- Brian Grise (1-3, 3 R), Lucot (2-5, 2 R), Bodnar (2-5, 2 RBI) and Angle (3-4, 2 RBI) combined for eight hits, five runs and five RBIs in doing most of the damage.

Freshman James Monroe, a righty from Miami, Fla., went all five innings and got the win in the second game versus Calumet St. Joseph. Monroe evened his record at 1-1 with his first-career shutout. Monroe blanked Calumet St. Joseph on two hits while striking out four and walking two. In the first start of his career Sunday, he did not give up an earned run the first five innings, but ended up taking the loss in six innings of a 6-3 loss to Purdue-North Central (IN).

The win over Calumet St. Joseph included 10 runs on seven hits for the Pioneers. The game ended due to the 10-run rule when two bases-loaded walks and an infielder error made the score 10-0 in the bottom of the fifth. Senior Bryce Pfeuffer had two RBIs, and Kyle Lucot scored three runs.

Junior Mike Palmer got the start in Friday’s opener versus Calumet St. Joseph. The Scott Twp., Pa., native went 4 2/3 innings, but Point Park ended up losing, 6-3. Palmer gave up seven hits, struck out four and walked four.

Point Park had taken a 3-0 after three innings, but Calumet St. Joseph scored the final six runs of the game. Offensively, Point Park was held to three hits. The Pioneers did not score the last four innings, and they had just one base runner in that time frame.