Pioneers complete weekend sweep of Salem International with 3-0 victory
March 18, 2012
Derek Peluso struck out 10 and gave up only one run in seven innings. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. -- The Point Park University baseball team completed a weekend-series sweep at Salem International with Sunday's 3-0 non-conference victory. The Pioneers (18-3) had opened the series with two wins on Saturday and once again got very strong pitching to conclude the weekend.
Derek Peluso (3-0), a senior right-hander from Zelienople, Pa., and Seneca Valley High School, gave up just one hit in seven innings, struck out 10 and walked two. He got the victory in the game that was scheduled for nine innings. It was the second-straight game with double-digit strikeouts for Peluso, who fanned a career-high 13 batters in a complete-game win over Trinity Christian (IL) on March 9.
Mike Tullio (S, 6) worked the final two innings to pick up his sixth save of the year, and the senior righty from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., set a Point Park record with the ninth save of his career. Tullio, who has appeared in 11 of the Pioneers' 21 games, is 2-1 with a 1.02 ERA. He registered two saves on the weekend and closed out all three victories.
Point Park's team ERA is 2.66 after Sunday's game. Of the 11 pitchers to throw this year, six of them have an ERA under 2.77. The Pioneers have had enough hitting although their .287 team batting average is 44 points below last year's .331 team average.
With Salem International (2-20) being held to four hits and no runs by Peluso and Tullio, the Point Park offense got its three runs on nine hits and three Tigers' errors.
Ossie Alfonzo, a sophomore catcher from Hialeah, Fla., was 2 for 4 and broke a scoreless tie with his RBI single in the fourth. The Pioneers were still holding on to the slim lead when Javier Marticorena stroked a two-run double in the top of the seventh to pad the lead to 3-0.
Marticorena, a sophomore right fielder from Miami, Fla., was 2 for 4 on the day. Rob Novia, a junior from North Port, Fla., also had two hits and scored a run.
Point Park has a full week of home games ahead starting with Wednesday's doubleheader vs. Penn State-Greater Allegheny at 1 p.m. The Pioneers welcome SUNY-Canton for a four-game series Friday and Saturday. Point Park's home games are played at Green Tree Park in Green Tree, Pa.
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