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Point Park takes two from Notre Dame (OH), improves to 11-5 AMC

April 23, 2011

Tullio 2010
Mike Tullio (5-0, 1.11 ERA) picked up a save and a win Saturday.

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AVON, Ohio -- Point Park University won two AMC baseball games at Notre Dame (OH) on Saturday to take three of four games in the weekend series. The Pioneers (32-9, 11-5 AMC) scored 10 runs each game Saturday to win 10-6 and 10-7.

Point Park senior catcher Dave Angle homered in each game and collected five RBIs on the day, and teammate Zach O'Neal, a junior designated hitter, was a combined 7 for 7 with a home run, two doubles and four RBIs across the two games.

The Pioneers increased their team batting average to .346 with 14 hits in the first game and another 10 hits in the nightcap. In addition to that offensive output, Point Park relief pitcher Mike Tullio came up big in both games to produced the wins.

Point Park led the first game, 9-2, through four innings, but when Notre Dame (21-19, 4-12 AMC) cut it to 9-6 late, Tullio pitched the final 2.1 innings with out yielding a run to pick up his second save of the year. The Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., native ran his record to 5-0 by picking up the victory in game two. Tullio tossed the final four innings of the nightcap and gave up only two runs in the span after the Falcons had tied up the score at 5-5.

On the year, Tullio is 5-0 with a 1.11 ERA and 16 strike outs and two walks in 32.1 innings. Seven of his nine outings have come in relief.

With Saturday's doubleheader sweep, Point Park is in second place in the AMC at 11-5, just percentage points behind first-place Mt. Vernon Nazarene (10-4 AMC). MVNU was scheduled to play at Cedarville (8-6 AMC) Saturday, but the doubleheader was postponed until Monday. In other AMC action, Malone beat Walsh twice Saturday to get within a game of Point Park at 10-6 AMC.

Next weekend is the final one of the regular season. Point Park plays Cedarville for four games Thursday-Saturday while Mt. Vernon Nazarene plays Malone Friday-Saturday. Those two series will determine who the three AMC Tournament participants will be. The tournament is May 3-5 at the site of the regular season champion.

Point Park jumped all over Notre Dame (OH) early in game one with two runs in the first and six more for an 8-0 lead after two. After O'Neal's two-run double started the scoring in the first, the second inning included a two-run single from Kyle Lucot, an RBI triple from Lee Bodnar and a two-run homer by Dave Angle.

O'Neal hit a solo homer in the Point Park fourth for a 9-2 lead, but Notre Dame chipped away at the lead before getting to within 9-6 with two outs in the bottom of the fith. That's when Point Park starter Sean Clark was lifted in favor of Tullio.

Clark got the victory to improve to 5-2. He went 4.2 innings with five strikeouts, two walks and gave up six hits. Tullio blanked the Falcons on three hits the last 2.1 innings to finish off the victory.

In the second game, Pioneers starter James Monroe had his shortest outing and lasted just three innings. Notre Dame scored a couple of runs to tie it at 5-5 with no outs in the fourth, but Tullio came on to take it from there. Tullio gave up two runs on five hits the last four innings, and Point Park used a key, four-run uprising in the top of the fifth for a 9-5 lead.

Angle hit a two-run homer, his seventh of the year, to start the scoring in the fifth. Later, Frank Marko drove in a run on a line out to center, and Dillon Sauers brought home a run with a base hit.

Marko, a senior third baseman from Robinson Twp., Pa., was 3 for 4 with three RBIs. He had an RBI double in the two-run first, and his run-scoring single in the sixth padded Point Park's lead to 10-7 late.

O'Neal, a native of Greenfield, Ind., and an All-Region player at Kishwaukee (IL) JC the last two years, was 3 for 3 with a homer, a two-run double and three RBIs in the first game. He followed that up by going 4 for 4 with an RBI in the second game.

Other hitting leaders for Point Park were Lee Bodnar, who doubled, tripled and drove in a run in the opener. Lucot drove in three runs in the opener. Sauers had two hits each game and picked up three RBIs on the day.