Point Park baseball splits two games at NAIA No. 7 Cumberland (TN)
Feb. 25, 2012
Sean Clark gave up one run in 6 IP in Saturday's 3-2 win over #7 Cumberland. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
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CUMBERLAND, Tenn. -- The Point Park University baseball team edged NAIA No. 7 Cumberland, 3-2, in eight innings in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday but was no-hit in the nightcap in what was a 5-0 loss.
The Pioneers (3-1), who are in the other's receiving votes section of the NAIA Baseball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll (Nov. 15) at No. 26 overall, conclude their season-opening trip at Campbellsville (KY) for one game at 1:30 p.m. EST.
Point Park had opened its season with wins by scores of 10-7 and 10-8 over Martin Methodist (TN) on Friday. Martin Methodist is receiving votes nationally, as is Campbellsville (KY) (7-0).
Cumberland is 7-5 overall and has been to 11 NAIA World Series, one more than Point Park, all-time.
Sunday's game at Campbellsville (KY) will have Live Video courtesy of the home team. Visit the Point Park athletic website for links to coverage starting at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Point Park junior right-hander Sean Clark pitched a great game in the 3-2 win over Cumberland Saturday. Although he did not figure in the decision, Clark (0-0) went six innings, gave up only one run on five hits, struck out five and walked one. He pitched a shutout for the first 5.1 innings before Cumberland tied it up at 1-1 with two hits and two stolen bases in the bottom of the sixth.
Point Park got two runs in the top of the eighth against a Cumberland defense that made some errors. The Bulldogs made four errors on the day. An error, a walk and a wild pitch contributed to the winning runs in the top of the eighth, and Tom Birko had the key hit, an RBI single.
Mike Tullio got the win in relief after pitching the final two innings. Cumberland had the tying run at second and the go-ahead run at first, but Tullio got out of it.
Point Park had six hits in the game, and No. 3 hitter Leed Bodnar was 2 for 4. The Pioneers had taken a 1-0 lead in the third.
Game two belonged to Cumberland starter Chipper Smith, who pitched a no-hitter. He struck out 14 and walked on in the shutout. He faced only 23 batters, which is two over the minimum.
Cumberland got on the board early with one in the first and two in the second. The Bulldogs tacked on two more in the fourth to take even more control. Ben Rodriguez got the start for Point Park and went 1.2 innings with two hits and one run against. Isaiah Marsh pitched the next 4.1 innings with four hits, four runs and two earned runs against.
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