Point Park baseball wins twice versus PSU-Beaver in home openers
March 15, 2012
GREEN TREE, Pa. -- The Point Park University baseball team opened its home schedule Thursday with two non-conference wins over Penn State-Beaver. The Pioneers improved to 15-3 overall with wins by scores of 9-1 and 4-1.
The Pioneers used six pitchers on the day, and they combined to give up just one earned run in 14 innings in the doubleheader.
Nathan Spohn and Manny Perdomo were the starting pitchers in games one and two, respectively, and they each went three innings. Reliever Jon Corcoran (1-0) worked two innings and came on to get the win in the opener. Horacio Acosta came on to finish off the last two innings of game one in his first appearance of the year.
In game two, reliever Josh Brooks (3-0) picked up the win in two innings of work, and Isaiah Marsh registered the save in two innings.
The Pioneers jumped out to a 7-0 lead after three innings in game one. Point Park scored five runs in the second inning with all of them coming with two outs. Big hits in the inning included two-run singles from Don McDuffee and Lee Bodnar.
Bodnar ended up 2 for 4 with three RBIs in the opener. Marlon Leyva was 3 for 4 with an RBI while Javy Marticorena and Ossie Alfonzo each collected to hits.
Spohn gave up only two hits in his three scoreless innings of work but did not go the required four innings to get the win as a starter. Corcoran threw two scoreless innings, only faced seven batters and got a double play as one of the three groundouts that he forced.
In game two, starter Perdomo worked out of a bases-loaded jam with two outs in the first and ended up with a no-decision in three scoreless innings of work. Perdomo struck out four, walked two and gave up two hits.
Brooks was credited with the win after limiting PSU-Beaver (3-6) to one hit and no runs over two innings. Brooks, a transfer from NAIA Ottawa (Kan.) University, is 3-0 on the year.
Marsh earned the save after working the sixth and seventh innings. The Clear Brook, Va., native who transferred from Clearwater Christian (FL) College struck out two and gave up one hit.
Point Park broke up the 0-0 tie with a couple of runs in the bottom of the fourth as Jonathan Tasis had a sacrifice fly and McDuffee drove in a run with a single. Earlier in the inning, Leyva doubled, Alfonzo walked and Tyler Cattapan laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position.
Point Park added to its lead with Rob Novia's RBI single in the fifth and another run-scoring base hit from McDuffee int he sixth. McCuffee, a native of Champaign, Ill., and a transfer from Lake Land (IL) CC, was 2 for 3 with two RBIs in game two. He started both games in center field and hit ninth.
Point Park will take its 15-3 record to its three-game road trip to Salem International this weekend (March 17-18). The Pioneers will play two games there Saturday and one on Sunday with the action starting at 1 p.m. each day.