Pioneers take first two games of weekend series at Salem International
March 17, 2012
Ryan Loutsenhizer went six innings to get the win in game two. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
SALEM, W.Va. -- The Point Park University baseball team improved to 17-3 by taking the first two games of a three-game, non-conference series at Salem International on Saturday. The Pioneers won by scores of 5-2 and 9-5, and the series concludes with one game Sunday at 1 p.m.
Point Park made seven errors on the day but extended its winning streak to five games thanks to getting two good starting-pitching performances and some timely hitting.
Sean Clark (2-0) went five innings in the opener and got the victory. A junior right-hander from Titusville, Pa., and a transfer from Duquesne, Clark allowed only two runs on three hits, struck out five and walked none.
Mike Tullio, a senior righty from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., pitched the last two innings to protect the 5-2 lead and pick up his fifth save of the year. Tullio has appeared in 10 of Point Park's 20 games. He also finished off the second game of the doubleheader although not in a save situation.
Point Park had six hits and did its scoring in two innings in the 5-2 win. Tom Birko stroked a two-run single in the second to give the Pioneers a 2-1 lead. In the fourth, Point Park manufactured three runs on two hits, a sacrifice bunt, a sacrifice fly, an error and a walk.
Rob Novia and Marlon Leyva contributed RBI singles in the inning, and Javy Marticorena lifted a sacrifice fly.
Salem had taken a 1-0 lead on a first-inning homer by Nicholas Arena. The only other time the Tigers got to Clark was in the fifth when they cut it to 5-2 with a hit batter and an RBI double.
In the second game, Point Park needed a five-run outburst in the top of the seventh to win 9-5. The Pioneers had a 4-2 lead before giving up three runs -- aided by a couple of infield errors -- in the bottom of the sixth.
Trailing, 5-4, and down to its last at bat, the Pioneers put together a rally in the seventh. Ossie Alfonzo started things by reaching on an error. Jonathan Tasis followed with a single for one of his two hits, and Dillon Sauers tied things up at 5-5 with an RBI single.
Tom Pasinski then drew a walk to load the bases, and the eventual winning run came in when Mike Ganley was hit by a pitch. Point Park added on with sacrifice flys by Novia and Lee Bodnar and a run-scoring base hit from Marticorena.
Marticorena was 2 for 4 with three RBIs. He belted a two-run homer -- his third of the year -- as part of a three-run Point Park first. Although Salem responded with a couple of runs in its half of the first, the Pioneers built a 4-2 lead on Pasinski's sacrifice fly in the top of the second.
Point Park totaled nine hits in game two with Marticorena and Tasis getting two apiece.
Point Park starter Ryan Loutsenhizer (2-0) withstood four errors by the Pioneers and still got the win. The junior right-hander from North Huntingdon, Pa., went six innings, struck out two and walked one. Three of the five runs he gave up were earned.
After giving up a couple of runs on two hits and an error in the first, Loutsenhizer settled in to retire 12 of the next 13 batters to get through five innings leading 4-2. Then came the sixth when Point Park kicked the ball around to aid in giving up the lead. Salem's Jordan Arnold had a two-out, RBI single to give his team the brief, 5-4 lead.
But Loutsenhizer was beneficiary of the seventh-inning rally and got the win. Tullio worked a 1-2-3 seventh although it was not a save situation.
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