Point Park sweeps PSU-Beaver inaugural games at new facility, Green Tree Park
By Doug Andiorio, athletic communications student assistant
March 20, 2011
Point Park's Steve Dujka bats in the Pioneers' inaugural game at Green Tree Park. Photo by Adrianne Bruce.
GREEN TREE, Pa. – The Point Park University baseball team took advantage of its first games in its new home field, Green Tree Park, and defeated Penn State-Beaver, 8-1 and 12-1, in a non-conference doubleheader Sunday. The second game ended after five innings due to the mercy rule. The Pioneers improved to 14-4, and Sunday was the first time they played a non-NAIA team.
Point Park showed of its bats early and often versus Penn State-Beaver (0-8). The visiting Lions took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the top of the first, but Point Park scored the final eight runs of the game. Kyle Lucot tied things up when he reached on a walk, stole second and third and raced home on an errant throw by the catcher.
In the second inning, Steve Dujka led off with a double and later scored on another throwing error by the catcher. Right fielder Tom Pasinki walked and scored on Brian Grise’s sacrifice fly as the Pioneers were up, 3-1
Point Park tacked on an unearned run in the third and stretched things out to the final margin of 8-1 with four runs on three hits in the fifth. The Point Park fifth started with walks to Dave Angle and Zach O’Neal. Frank Marko delivered the big hit of the frame – a two-run base hit – and Grise chipped in another sacrifice fly.
Lucot was 3 for 3 and Dujka was 2 for 2 as those two accounted for more than half of Point Park’s nine hits.
That offense was more than enough for winning pitcher Mike Tullio, who improved to 2-0 with the complete-game performance. The junior righty gave up only the one unearned run in the first and then shut the Lions down. He struck out five, walked none and scattered five hits.
The Point Park offense came out swinging once again in the nightcap. The Pioneers sent nine men to the plate in three of the four innings that they batted. In the first, Grise led off with a walk and continued to steal second and third base. Kyle Lucot also showed off his speed with a bunt single and a couple of steals.
Grise later scored on Dave Angle’s sacrifice fly, and Lucot came home on an error. The Pioneers made it 3-0 after one inning as junior Zach O’Neal reached on an error and scored on Bryce Pfeuffer’s double.
Point Park piled it on the rest of the way. They drew six walks in the first two innings and took advantage of their scoring opportunities. Jonathon Tasis delivered the big hit in the four-run second as the freshman catcher brought home two with a double off the wall.
Point Park put the 10-run rule into effect with five runs in the fourth. All of the runs came with two outs, however, as Rob Novia’s three-run double was sandwiched in between RBI singles from Grise and Chris Smith.
Point Park totaled 10 hits in the second game with Lucot and Novia leading the way with 2-for-2 performances.
Penn State-Beaver had its only run and two of its five hits in the top of the fifth, and the Lions threatened to extend the game with two outs and the bases loaded. But winning pitcher Alcibiades Gonzalez (1-1) struck out the side to close out the game and leave three runners stranded. Gonzalez, a senior from Panama, racked up seven strikeouts in five innings and scatted five hits. He walked four and gave up only one run.
Point Park takes on Penn State-Beaver again Monday, March 21, but that doubleheader will be on the road.
Point Park pitcher Mike Tullio winds up to deliver Point Park first pitch at its new facility, Green Tree Park.