Point Park loses two games to MVNU, gives up 1st place in AMC
By Doug Andiiorio, Point Park athletic communications intern
April 15, 2011
James Monroe gave up only three runs and tossed a CG in game two. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University baseball team lost two home games to visiting Mt. Vernon Nazarene in American Mideast Conference playFriday, a day after doing the same thing to the Cougars. Point Park lost Friday’s opener, 9-4, in eight innings before being held to one-hit in a 3-0 loss in game two.
Point Park (27-8, 8-4 AMC) had won the first two games of the weekend series, 9-4 and 8-0, on the road Thursday. But Mt. Vernon Nazarene (22-13, 9-3 AMC) bounced back Friday to return the favor to Point Park and now owns first place in the AMC by one game over the Pioneers.
Sophomore pitcher Sean Clark got the start in game one for Point Park. The Titusville, Pa., native worked into the eighth inning, and he and the Pioneers were clinging to a 2-0 lead the first four innings. To that point, the Pioneers’ only offense came from a two-run single by Bryce Pfeuffer in the second.
Mt. Vernon Nazarene cut the deficit to 2-1 when it used needed three singles to push across a single run in the fifth. With Clark trying to close out the Cougars in the top of the seventh, the visitors tied the game on Michael Hendren’s RBI single. Two batters later, pinch hitter Ricardo Rodriguez delivered the fourth hit of the inning – a two-run single – that made the score 4-2.
In the bottom of the seventh, a walk, a fielder’s choice and a double by Lee Bodnar set up Dave Angle with two outs and runners and second and third. The senior catcher from Pittsburgh came through with a clutch, two-run single to left center to tie the score at 4-4 and force extra innings.
Clark went out to the mound again to start the eighth, and a leadoff double by Seth Eller started a five-run inning. After five hits and a sacrifice fly, MVNU was ahead, 9-4. Point Park loaded the bases with two outs in their half of the eighth, but they left three runners on to end the game.
Clark (4-2) took the loss in seven innings. He struck out two, walked none and gave up five runs on nine hits. MVNU reliever Darren Athey (1-3) got the win after working the final two innings in relief of starter Grant Martin. Martin went six innings, gave up two runs on six hits, struck out four and walked three.
In the second game, the Pioneers could not come up with any offense to backup starting pitcher James Monroe. MVNU went up 1-0 in the first inning and never looked back as winning pitcher Caleb Wright shut down the Pioneers for the duration.
The Pioneers collected only one hit – a one-out single by Zach O’Neal in the fourth – and had only five base runners. Wright struck out five, walked three and improved to 5-2 on the year.
MVNU had two singles and two hit batters in the first to take an early, 1-0 lead. A solo homer by Steve Williams made it 2-0 in the third, and a triple by Jeff Stone and an RBI groundout by Kodi Veale in the fourth accounted for all the offense the Cougars needed.
Monroe (3-3) pitched a complete game for the Pioneers only allowing three runs and striking out three. MVNU’s three runs came on eight hits.
Point Park will be in action Sunday when it hosts Penn State-Greater Allegheny for a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Those games were added to the Point Park schedule late Friday night.
Point Park’s trip to Wheeling Jesuit, scheduled for Mon., April 18, has been cancelled due to field conditions. Also, PSU-Greater Allegheny will visit Point Park for one game on Wed., April 20 instead of two games as previously planned.