Point Park cruises past SUNY-Canton in NAIA non-conference sweep
March 25, 2011
Lee Bodnar (25) welcomes Zach O'Neal for one of Point Park's 20 runs in game two. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
PITTSBURGH – Point Park University had 24 hits, scored 24 runs and its starting pitchers did not give up a run in an NAIA doubleheader sweep over visiting SUNY-Canton Friday at Green Tree Park. Point Park (16-4) won the first game 4-2 before trouncing the Kangaroos (0-17), 20-0, in game two.
The Pioneers took a 4-0 lead into the seventh inning of the first game as winning pitcher Derek Peluso (4-0) threw six scoreless innings. The junior right-hander from Zelienople, Pa., struck out five, walked two and gave up just four hits in staying unbeaten.
Most of Point Park’s production in game one came from the bottom of the order. Rob Novia, the No. 9 hitter, was 3 for 3 with two RBIs. The sophomore outfielder from North Port, Fla., had an RBI single to give Point Park a 2-0 lead in the second, and his run-scoring double added an insurance run for a 4-0 lead in the sixth.
Both times that Novia picked up an RBI, it was junior third baseman Frank Marko who he drove in. Marko, the No. 7 hitter, singled, doubled and scored two runs as the only other Point Park player to collect two hits.
The second game was all Point Park from the start. The Pioneers sent 18 men to the plate in the first inning, and 12 of them scored. All 20 of Point Park’s runs were earned, and they came on 15 hits.
Marko led the way once again by going 3 for 4 with four RBIs. Mark was 5 for 7 on the day. Freshmen Chris Smith, of Jeannette, Pa., and Kaleb Paulton, of Clearwater, Fla., each came off the bench to go 2 for 2. Smith scored two runs, and Paulton had two RBIs.
Bryce Pfeuffer totaled two hits and three RBIs. Point Park drew 11 walks in the game, and Brian Grise drew three bases on balls. Grise and Tom Pasinksi scored three runs each. Scoring two runs apiece were Kyle Lucot, Jonathan Tasis, Zach O’Neal and Smith.
The first inning included 12 runs on five hits and eight walks. Big hits in the frame were RBI singles by Pfeuffer and Marko, and in between those came a two-run single from Steve Dujka. The second inning featured five runs on five hits as Smith, Paulton and Marko all brought home runs with base hits.
Ryan Loutsenhizer (4-0) was the beneficiary of the big run support, but he was never in any kind of trouble regardless. The sophomore right-hander from North Huntingdon, Pa., faced only two batters over the minimum in working the first four innings. He struck out two, walked none and gave up three hits.
In 21 innings so far this year, Loutsenhizer has a 0.86 ERA and opponents are hitting .195 against him. Junior righty Mike Palmer, from Scott Twp., Pa., pitched the final inning to close things out after five.
The same two teams will play again Saturday as Point Park will host SUNY-Canton for two games at Green Tree Park. The first game is scheduled for 12 p.m.